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Democratic Senator Crushes Kavanaugh for Dismissing Importance of Mark Judge's Testimony

September 27, 2018 in Blogs

By Matthew Chapman, AlterNet

Brett Kavanaugh tried to claim the committee didn't need to hear anything more from his high school friend. Sen. Richard Blumenthal took him to task.

In Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the sexual assault allegations by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford against President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, both the judge and Senate Republicans seemed wholly unconcerned with the fact that the committee was not calling any other witnesses in particular, Kavanaugh's high school friend Mark Judge, who Ford alleges was present at the time of the assault, and who has been hiding out in a beach house in Delaware since the allegations arose.

The rationale for not subpoenaing Judge? He had already stated, in written testimony from his lawyer to the committee, that he does not remember any such event taking place.

But as Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) pointed out, that leaves a whole lot to be desired.

“You've made reference, Judge, to a sworn statement, I believe, by Mark Judge to the committee,” said Blumenthal, who happens to be a former federal prosecutor. “Is that correct?”

“I've made reference to what Mark Judge's lawyer has sent to the committee,” Kavanaugh agreed.

“It's not a sworn statement, is it?” said Blumenthal.

“Under penalty of felony?”

“Well, it's a statement signed by his lawyer, Barbara Van Gelder,” said Blumenthal. “It is six cursory and conclusory sentences. Are you saying that that is a substitute for an investigation by the FBI, or some interview by the FBI under oath?”

“Under penalty of felony, he said that this kind of event did not happen and that I never did or would have done something like that.”

Blumenthal did not back down. “As a federal judge, you always want the best evidence, don't you?”

“Senator, he has said, and all the witnesses present — look at Miss Keyser's statement,” protested Kavanaugh.

Put aside, for a moment, the …read more


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