Shockingly, Donald Trump actually interfered with the investigation into Kavanaugh’s past, telling the FBI not to follow through on any tips regarding sexual assault allegations, nor investigate Kavanaugh any further, all to get his guy through.
Few people recall that Trump’s “process” in selecting justices for the Supreme Court consisted of taking a list provided by the Federalist Society, a list that included 20-25 names as “qualified” and “endorsed” by the hyper-conservative movement and Trump would select a name from the list. Trump wanted Kavanaugh for one reason (one presumes). Kavanaugh was the only candidate that had written a brief stating that it should be illegal to investigate a president while in office. Imagine how much Trump would love such a rule.
He would love it enough to interfere in the investigation. Though it says it was reported in 2019, I have to confess that I never heard the White House was involved:
In 2019, it was reported that by order of the White House and Senate Republicans, the FBI limited its investigation into the accusations of Kavanaugh’s past sexual misconduct.
Now a documentary, “Justice,” which was placed in the Sundance Film Festival line-up late sold out the Park City theatre and has wowed audiences. From the Daily Gwinett Post from the Q&A with Director Doug Liman afterward:
This may be obvious, but the title “Justice” has two meanings here. It’s meant as a reference to Kavanaugh’s title and a claim that the FBI and the political establishment perpetrated a miscarriage of justice to those who came forward with allegations by failing to pursue them adequately.
Many knew that the investigation into Kavanaugh was superficial, but not as superficial as the documentary sets forth.
Christine Blasey Ford, who alleged during Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing that he sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers in the 1980s, is not a key source in the film. Though the doc opens with Ford asking Liman why he’s interested in this, and what his goals are in making the movie, she otherwise appears only in archival footage. Instead, her story is primarily told through her congressional testimony and interviews with her friends. “I felt that Dr. Ford had given so much to the country … she more than did her part for the country,” Liman said. “She did enough for 10 lifetimes.”
Everyone knew she was telling the truth, including Kavanaugh, whose fiery retort wreaked of guilt. Additionally, it was noted that Lindsey Graham jumped in to stop the “female assistant’s’ questioning of Kav right as she was getting to the point in his calendars where it would show that they lined up perfectly with Ford’s accusations.
The film features a potent recording from Max Stier. Stier allegedly witnessed sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh during a “drunken dorm party” while at Yale — and notified senators and the FBI after Kavanaugh’s nomination, though the FBI reportedly failed to investigate the claim further. Though he does not appear in the film, the recording is powerful: The alleged incident, he says, involves a woman whose identity remains anonymous because she has chosen not to come forward — for lack of memory during a night of drinking, yes, but also because she saw what happened to Ford after speaking publicly.
We had heard about the incident but didn’t know that it went uninvestigated by the FBI. Now, to the most outrageous:
According to the documentary, the FBI to this day hasn’t reached out to those who sent in tips about the allegations against Kavanaugh for formal investigation. “I do hope this triggers outrage,” said producer Amy Herdy — ultimately leading to “a real investigation with subpoena powers.”
And the obvious conclusion (There are many other descriptions of problems in the article, I selected a few to honor fair use:
According to Liman, the chilling effect against accusers remains: “This was the kind of movie where people are terrified,” he said. “The machinery that’s put in place against anyone who dared speak up, we knew that machinery would be turned on this film… We live in a climate where no matter what we got in this movie, the people who support the status quo would keep supporting it.”
Yes, all people feel the “chill” in testifying against the powerful but much more so for women, especially when it comes to sexual assault. The message is “don’t you dare.”