On CBS’ “Face The Nation” on Sunday, Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) revealed that Christine Blasey Ford’s lawyer was guilty of telling a major lie. Now, the D.C. bar association is stepping in to make her pay.
Last week on Capitol Hill, the Judiciary Committee saw perhaps the tensest hearing in Senate history as Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and the woman who has accused him of attempting to rape her 36-years-ago, Christine Blasey Ford, both told their sides of a decades-old story. On Sunday, Arkansas Senator Tom Cotton sat down with CBS’ “Face The Nation” to offer his take on the debacle.
“After watching the hearings — you were a supporter of Brett Kavanaugh’s — how did you process the new information that came out in the hearings?” asked anchor John Dickerson.
Cotton replied by starting at the very beginning. “Well, John, first off, let’s understand why we had to have this hearing,” he said. “Miss Ford made these allegations in a confidential letter to Dianne Feinstein in July, shortly after Brett Kavanaugh was nominated. The very night he was nominated, Chuck Schumer, the Democratic leader, said that he would do everything in his power to stop the nomination. And that’s what happened.”
“For three months, the Democrats have turned the advise and consent process into a search and destroy mission,” added Cotton, according to Breitbart. “These allegations are completely unsupported by any evidence. What evidence there is to a 36-year-old claim, all support Judge Kavanaugh’s denial. But the Democrats have disgraced this process and the United States Senate in the orchestrated smear campaign of character assassination they’ve run against Judge Kavanaugh.”
Dickerson retorted, “Their argument, of course, was that Dr. Ford asked to have this held in confidentiality and that they tried to do that. And that’s what it was…”
“No no no no no,” Cotton cut in, refusing to allow the news anchor the opportunity to spread more lies in defense of the Democrats. “No, John, let me talk to you about that,” said Cotton. “There is a well established process of confidentiality on the committee. Dianne Feinstein could have showed that letter to Chuck Grassley and the two of them, as the leaders of that committee could have shared it with the FBI who could have discreetly conducted this inquiry in July and in August without betraying Miss Ford’s confidences. And they have betrayed her. They pointed her to lawyers who lied to her and did not tell her that the committee staff was willing to go to California to interview her. Now, all of that is water under the bridge.”
Then, the GOP senator dropped a bombshell that should have Feinstein and Ford’s uber-liberal legal team, including her attorney Debra Katz, sweating bullets: They’re all going to be investigated.
“Those lawyers are going to face a D.C. bar investigation into their misconduct,” said Cotton. “Dianne Feinstein and her staff is going to face an investigation for why they leaked that. All of this could have been done discreetly. It happens hundreds of times — HUNDREDS OF TIMES — every year in the Judiciary Committee.”
A stunned Dickerson tried to downplay the severity of what Sen. Cotton had just said. “It doesn’t happen… It doesn’t happen hundreds of times with… with issues that are this sensitive, but let’s…” Dickerson stammered.
“No, John it does,” Cotton cut in. “It’s designed for issues that are sensitive, John. It’s designed for issues like this.”
Of course, Feinstein and her minions were hoping no one would mention the Senate’s well-established process of maintaining the confidentiality of accusers. She could have done this the right way. She could have gone to Grassley and the FBI with Ford’s claims when there was still ample time for them to be investigated before Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.
But, instead, she sat on Ford’s letter for six weeks, never breathing a word, even as Kavanaugh participated in 65 different meetings with senators and testified for hours and hours before lawmakers. Then, on the eve of the judge’s confirmation, having been entirely unsuccessful at thwarting him through legitimate means, Feinstein finally made Ford’s allegations public, igniting a political firestorm.
She ought to be investigated. So should Ford’s lawyers. They were complicit in this sleazy political hit job, and it has cost their client — and one of the finest judges in the history of our country — greatly.