Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, and his accuser -- Christine Blasey Ford -- are set to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday to answer questions about the lurid allegations Ford has made against Kavanaugh. Ford has joined at least two other accusers in alleging that Kavanaugh was involved in sexual misconduct as a high school student in the 1980s. Democrats and progressives have demanded that the allegations deserve an FBI probe, thus delaying what had been considered Kavanaugh’s inevitable confirmation as President Trump’s newest confirmed justice on the Supreme Court.
Late-breaking news has added yet another layer to one of the most divisive public debates in recent history. Hours before the expected hearing, Republicans on the Judiciary Committee revealed on Wednesday evening that conducted on Monday their "first interview with a man who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982 that is the basis of his [sic] complaint." On Tuesday, they conducted a second interview.
Judiciary is also talking to someone who thinks he forced himself on Dr. Ford not Judge Kavanaugh pic.twitter.com/NJGRyMiW47— Burgess Everett (@burgessev) September 27, 2018
In the Wednesday statement, Republicans said that they received a "more in-depth written statement from the man interviewed twice previously who believes he, not Judge Kavanuagh, had the encounter in question with Dr. Ford." Republicans have spoken to another man who has made a similar claim.
However, Ford has previously said that there is "zero chance" she would have confused Kavanaugh for anyone else. An aide to Democrats on the Judiciary Committee said, according to NBC News, "Republicans are flailing," the aide said, according to NBC News. "They are desperately trying to muddy the waters. ... Twelve hours before the hearing they suggest two anonymous men claimed to have assaulted her. Democrats were never informed of these assertions in interviews, in violation of Senate rules."
On Twitter, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, tweeted on Wednesday: "Some might find it exceedingly difficult to imagine Judiciary Committee Democrats expressing this complaint with straight faces."
Ford, who is a university professor in California, first brought her allegations to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., in July. However, Feinstein failed to disclose Ford’s allegations to fellow senators or federal authorities before Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation. Feinstein has been accused by Republicans of compromising Ford's anonymity by keeping the allegations to themselves until deploying them for maximum political effect.
Maura Kane, who dated Kavanaugh while they were university students, told Fox News that she never witnessed the behavior imputed to Kavanaugh. She is now married to Tom Kane, who had been Kavanaugh’s friend in high school. They remain friends. Maura Kane told Fox News, in response to allegations made by Christine Swetnick that Kavanaugh was “present” at parties where she was aware of gang rapes and the drugging of women, that the “whole community” would have known of the behavior. Both Maura and Tom Kane were dismissive of the allegations against Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh was a member of the legal team that assisted special counsel Kenneth Starr in the 1980s in the probe of sexual misconduct allegedly committed by then-president Bill Clinton.