by Suzanne Hamner, DC Clothesline:
Most of our readers know how others and I view allegations of sexual assault and support the appropriate biblical punishment for such transgressions when the allegations have been proven using due process recognized and guaranteed in the Bill of Rights. This brings us to the allegations of sexual assault made by Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court Justice Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. As I have stated previously, anyone making an allegation of sexual assault against another deserves to be believed, until proven otherwise.
So, let’s examine what Ford has alleged against Kavanaugh. According to Ford, in a July letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the incident occurred at a house in Maryland, which she cannot recall whose it was or where it was, when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17.
Brett Kavanaugh physically and sexually assaulted me during high school in the early 1980’s… The assault occurred in a suburban Maryland area home at a gathering that included me and four others. Kavanaugh physically pushed me into a bedroom as I was headed for a bathroom up a short stairwell from the living room. They locked the door and played loud music precluding any successful attempt to yell for help. Kavanaugh was on top of me while laughing with [Mark Judge], who periodically jumped onto Kavanaugh. They both laughed as Kavanaugh tried to disrobe me in their highly inebriated state. With Kavanaugh’s hand over my mouth I feared he may inadvertently kill me. From across the room a very drunken [Judge] said mixed words to Kavanaugh ranging from “go for it” to “stop.”
At one point when [Judge] jumped onto the bed the weight on me was substantial. The pile toppled, and the two scrapped with each other. After a few attempts to get away, I was able to take this opportune moment to get up and run across to a hallway bathroom. I locked the bathroom door behind me. Both loudly stumbled down the stair well at which point other persons at the house were talking with them. I exited the bathroom, ran outside of the house and went home…. I have received medical treatment regarding the assault.
While Ford claimed there were four males at the alleged gathering, there were only two in the room – Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. When Ford relayed her story to The Washington Post, Ford named the two others, in addition to Kavanaugh and Judge, in attendance; however, the Post did not release those names, but attempted to contact the individuals without success. One of the other two individuals supposedly at the alleged party where the alleged incident occurred was Patrick J. Smyth. All outlets have reported that Ford did not tell anyone about the incident until 2012, when it surfaced during spousal counseling with a therapist.
According to a report by CNSnews.com, Mark Judge was a former writer at CNS. Through his attorney, Judge issued a letter denying the claims made by Ford. Judge said in the letter, “I did not ask to be involved in this matter nor did anyone ask me to be involved. The only reason I am involved is because Dr. Christine Blasey Ford remembers me as the other person in the room during the alleged assault. In fact, I have no memory of this alleged incident. Brett Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school but I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford’s letter. More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Ford describes.”
Smyth, understanding he was named by Ford as an attendee at the alleged party, issued a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee through his attorney. The pertinent statements follow.
I understand that I have been identified by Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as ‘PJ’ who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post. … I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question, nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh.
“Personally speaking, I have known Brett Kavanaugh since high school and I know him to be a person of great integrity, a great friend, and I have never witnessed any improper conduct by Brett Kavanaugh toward women. To safeguard my own privacy and anonymity, I respectfully request that the Committee accept this statement in response to any inquiry the committee may have.
Another key player in the alleged accusations levied against Kavanaugh is Ford’s former classmate, Cristina King Miranda. In a now deleted Facebook post, Miranda claimed she had heard rumors in school about an incident with few details. She claimed she did not know Ford personally, but remembered her; then, she stated the incident did happen. And, she stated that Ford’s “vivid recollection” should be more than adequate for anyone to believe her claim.