by James Barrett, Daily Wire:
Republicans have been accusing Democrats of playing a shameless political game with Christine Blasey Ford’s unsubstantiated allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in an attempt to delay his confirmation until after the midterm elections. As one left-leaning outlet puts it, the author of The New Yorker report Sunday detailing a second likewise unverified and three-decades old allegation “did little to dispel that skeptical claim.”
The second allegation, that Kavanaugh allegedly exposed himself to a co-ed while at a booze-filled college party the report’s co-author Ronan Farrow told George Stephanopoulos Monday, only came to light “because Senate Democrats came looking for this claim.”
“In her initial conversations with The New Yorker, she was reluctant to characterize Kavanaugh’s role in the alleged incident with certainty,” Farrow and Jane Mayer reported for The New Yorker on Sunday. “After six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorney, [Deborah] Ramirez said that she felt confident enough of her recollections to say that she remembers Kavanaugh had exposed himself at a drunken dormitory party, thrust his penis in her face, and caused her to touch it without her consent as she pushed him away.”
In an exchange highlighted by Mediaite, Farrow — who was also the author of a New Yorker piece revealing Christine Blasey Ford’s identity as well as one of the bombshell reports on Harvey Weinstein — spoke with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, a former Clinton staffer, on “Good Morning America” Monday.
“This jumped out at me,” said Stephanopoulos. “You said at first she wasn’t sure if this was Kavanaugh last week, and you write after six days of carefully assessing her memories and consulting with her attorneys she did become confident that it was him.”
Farrow responded by defending the red flag-raising process. “And I would say that’s extremely typical with these stories when you are dealing with drama and alcohol,” he said. “The more caution that I have dealt with in cases like this frequently say, I want to take time and search myself and make sure that I can affirmatively stand by these claims in the face of what she knew would be a crucible of partisan pushback which is what she is receiving now.”
“Why did she come forward?” asked the host. In response, Farrow stressed the role Senate Democrats played in digging up the allegation.
“She came forward because Senate Democrats came looking for this claim,” said Farrow. “She did not flag this. This came to the attention of people on the Hill independently, and it has cornered her into an awkward position. She said, point-blank, I don’t want to ruin anyone’s life, but she feels this is a serious claim. She considers her own memories credible and she felt it was important to tell her own story before others did for her.”