With the witch hunt aimed at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh continuing, President Donald Trump traveled to Johnson City, Tennessee. There, he took aim at Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA), revealing the “dark secret” she has been trying to hide throughout the judge’s confirmation process.
President Donald Trump held a rally in Johnson City, Tennessee, this week, where he called out Sen. Diane Feinstein for holding onto allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until the eve of his confirmation.
“Diane Feinstein, she had this letter for months and she didn’t reveal it until everything was finished,” Trump said. “Then she reveals it and said, ‘Oh we want more time.’ Let’s see how it all works out but I will tell you what – they are trying to destroy a very fine person and we can’t let it happen.”
Indeed, Feinstein had a letter from Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford in her possession since July; the Palo Alto University professor wrote her senator just after Kavanaugh was nominated. But instead of making the proper authorities aware of Ford’s claims, Feinstein sat on them for six weeks.
During that time, Brett Kavanaugh sat for 65 meetings with various senators, among them, Diane Feinstein. However, the California Democrat never confronted Kavanaugh about Ford’s allegations during any of those meetings. Likewise, she did not bring up Ford’s claims during Kavanaugh’s testimony before the Senate, as he answered hours and hours worth of questions.
Not until the eve of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, after the Democrats had already exhausted all legitimate means of thwarting the judge, did Feinstein make Ford’s allegations public. This, of course, led many to question the validity of the accuser’s claims. After all, if there was anything to Ford’s story, why didn’t Feinstein bring it forward sooner? It certainly seemed as though it was all a sleazy political stunt to oust President Trump’s Supreme Court pick.
As Sen. Susan Collins of Maine noted, the way the Democrats handled Ford’s allegations cast doubt not only on Kavanaugh but on his accuser, as well. “What is puzzling to me is the Democrats, by not bringing this out earlier, after having had this information for more than six weeks, have managed to cast a cloud of doubt on both the professor and the judge,” Collins told The New York Times.
“If they believed Professor Ford, why didn’t they surface this information earlier so that he could be questioned about it?” she asked. “And if they didn’t believe her and chose to withhold the information, why did they decide at the 11th hour to release it? It is really not fair to either of them the way it is was handled.”
But this may actually be the least of Feinstein’s worries, thanks to her poor handling of Ford’s case. “There is a well established process of confidentiality on the committee,” Sen. Tom Cotton told CBS. “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.”
“Dianne Feinstein and her staff is going to face an investigation for why they leaked that,” added Cotton. “All of this could have been done discreetly. It happens hundreds of times — HUNDREDS OF TIMES — every year in the Judiciary Committee.”
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. She ought to be investigated. She should not be allowed to get away with what she has done to ruin Judge Kavanaugh’s life for her dishonest political purposes.