Female friends and former co-workers of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh came to his defense on Friday. Standing with a banner reading #IStandWithBrett, they related their stories of growing up or working with Kavanaugh. The first to speak was Sara Fagen, who said, "Women from every phase of Judge Kavanaugh's life, those who know him best, have stepped forward to say that the allegation being leveled against him is false." A former girlfriend, Maura Fitzgerald, told listeners that the allegations of sexual misconduct being aired against him “are inconsistent” with what she has witnessed in her relations with him. She said that she continues to be his friend.

The women steered clear of mentioning Kavanaugh’s accuser. However, Laura Cox Kaplan said: "It seems anyone can launch an allegation without corroboration or evidence and dismantle a person's career and their life and the lives of their family members. This is wrong."

Christine Blasey Ford, professor and progressive activist, has alleged that Kavanaugh sexually and physically assaulted her sometime in the early 1980s during a party while they were high school students. She claims that he pushed her into a bedroom and tried to remove her clothing before she was able to escape. Kavanaugh has vigorously denied the allegation, as has the one witness that Ford said supposedly intervened at the time to stop Kavanaugh. So far, Ford has not been able to say in which year the alleged attack nor why she failed to report the incident to her parents or police.

Earlier this week, a group of women who attended Ford’s exclusive girl’s prep school, Holton Arms, sent a letter to Congress "to attest to her honesty, integrity, and intelligence." The letter stated that "her decision to provide information pertaining to a sexual assault is not a partisan act. It is an act of civic duty." However, the letter did not make allegations against Kavanaugh.

As demands among Democrats and pro-abortion forces emerged for Kavanaugh to answer the allegations before the Senate, calls for Ford to also testify have also emerged. Ford’s lawyers are making demands on the Senate in exchange for her testimony. She has demanded that Kavanaugh not be present at the hearing and that attorneys also be barred. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has vowed that the controversy will not prevent the Senate from having a vote next week on Kavanaugh.

On Friday, President Donald Trump released a series of tweets asking why Ford did not make her allegations before. "I have no doubt that, if the attack on Dr. Ford was as bad as she says, charges would have been immediately filed" with law enforcement authorities, the President tweeted. Later, he tweeted, "Why didn't someone call the FBI 36 years ago?"

Speaking to the Values Voters conference on Friday, Sen. McConnell expressed confidence that Kavanaugh will be confirmed despite the allegation against him. He promised his listeners: “We’re going to plow right through it.”

“President Trump has nominated a stunningly successful individual. You’ve watched the fight, you've watched the tactics, but here's what I want to tell you, in the very near future Judge Kavanaugh will be on the United States Supreme Court,” he told supporters.

On CNN, a group of Republican women was asked whether they believe Kavanaugh over his accuser, Ford. All five raised their hands. Lourdes Castillo de la Pena asked how Ford can be believed, noting that her accusations against Kavanaugh come 36 years after the fact. "He has an impeccable reputation," she said.
 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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