I recently had a Facebook exchange with a friend and her friend about our differing views of Brett Kavanaugh’s present predicament. They believed Judge Kavanaugh’s situation was a spectacle of the Dem’s making. I believe it is not bipartisan, but the outcry of a traumatized woman still dealing with her pain caused by an event more than three decades ago that she states was committed by Brett, and the truth must be examined by independent investigation before the hearings proceed.
In that exchange I was (among other things) accused of not being adequately informed, and that Brett did not lie. I am willing to recheck my information, so I went back “to the well” to find a variety of sources on the topic of Brett and his truthfulness. I write this post to share with you information I found that I believe are credible sources, so you may join me in learning more about Brett and his honesty.
First, I started with his Wikipedia page. While it has to be read with the understanding that it is subject to inaccuracies and not all contributors are diligent in their objectivity. Still, it is a good starting point: Brett Kavanaugh’s Wikipedia page
After the Wikipedia page, I went back to Google and search for his previous confirmation hearing. I found its transcript (59 pages copied to my Word doc), less the .gif objects. You can read it for yourself at this link: S. Hrg. 109-435 The first ten pages are of the Senators’ comments about Mr. Kavanaugh’s fitness. Brett himself addresses the hearing following those. He runs down through his bio for two pages, more or less, and then the actual questions run back and forth.
In Senator Schumer’s opening comments he discusses his concerns regarding Kavanaugh’s experience — or lack of it: “First, although Mr. Kavanaugh has held several important and influential positions in Government, they have been almost exclusively political. There is no doubt that, Mr. Kavanaugh, you are a highly successful young attorney and your academic credentials, as certainly outlined by the Chairman, are top notch. But your experience has been most notable, not so much for your blue chip credentials, but for the undeniably political nature of so many of your assignments. For much of your career your considerable talents have been enlisted in partisan and polarizing issues.”
Later, during Senator Schumer’s questioning, Mr. Kavanaugh seems to be playing a great deal of “cat and mouse” dodges rather than just straight answers to honest questions. I have not done an in-depth reading of the transcript, but my “knee jerk reaction” from what I have read is that he’s “too cute by half.” That is my opinion and once you read the transcript fully you may find him completely fit for lifetime service.
So about the truth of his answers in general — I went back to Google and searched the terms “did brett kavanaugh lie.” While there were pages and pages of results, I intentionally picked those that seemed to be from presently accepted reliable sources*:
- This is the question we should be asking about Brett Kavanaugh ~ Chicago Tribune, Sept 20, 2018
- We Know Brett Kavanaugh Has Lied Already ~ HuffPost, Sept. 17, 2018
- The Evidence Is Clear: Brett Kavanaugh Lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee ~ Slate, Sept. 12, 2018
*Some of you may question these sources, but I present them here because they report information from those I believe would be reliable sources, namely past or present Senators. Of course you may have different articles from different sources, but I am not here to sell you anything — only to show info that I have found in my searches.
Next, given his current nomination for the Supreme Court, I went to the SCOTUS blog page: Introduction: A close look at Judge Brett Kavanaugh This seems to be the most comprehensive reporting of facts I came across. The blog also has a page of links covering Judge Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination: Nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court (I bookmarked this one to refer back, for future updates.)
I intentionally skirted the present #MeToo controversy because I think while its outcome will provide an important view into Judge Kavanaugh’s fitness for a lifelong appointment to SCOTUS, it is being mishandled by both political parties. Christine Blasey Ford seems to be viewed much like the football in the Superbowl, rather than a woman deserving to be heard by both sides objectively. If her reports are proven true by an independent investigation like — say the FBI (something they do do, contrary to the assertions of some), then that character flaw in this candidate must be scrutinized more fully. It IS my opinion that if Brett Kavanaugh was as innocent as he protests, it would be him that would call for an independent investigation, rather than closeting himself in the Whitehouse with a President who is a self-sworn “pussy grabber.”
Until we see the results of an objective investigation, I believe his confirmation hearing should be delayed.
So, these are the findings of a few hours search and reading into the published info of Brett Kavanaugh. I invite you to look them over and come back to share your thoughts, findings, and sources. Together we may find the truth between us.