The ultimate outcome of the rush job of pushing the vote of Brett Kavanaugh through the confirmation process without exploring all avenues will be the slow leak of new corroborating evidence. Or maybe it won’t be so slow. Blasey Ford’s legal team has already released a statement from her friend Keith Koegler, who provided an account that appears to corroborate Ford’s testimony. Of course, the FBI did not interview him.
Dr. Ford's counsel has provided a statement from Keith Koegler, Ford's friend and corroborating witness who was not permitted to testify or be interviewed by the FBI. He also signed a sworn declaration, which was provided to the Judiciary Committee before Ford's testimony. pic.twitter.com/UUiY65rvlU
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 6, 2018
Keith Koegler, a Palo Alto University professor, provided a signed declaration that Christine Blasey Ford told him about the alleged assault in 2016, around the time former Stanford University student Brock Turner was sentenced for raping an unconscious woman, which made the timing memorable for Koegler. He wrote:
“Christine expressed anger at Mr. Turner’s lenient sentence, stating that she particularly was bothered by it because she was assaulted in high school by a man who was now a federal judge in Washington, D.C.”
She told Koegler about the alleged assault again on June 29, 2018, two days after Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his resignation.
According to HuffPost:
Ford wrote Koegler an email saying that the person who assaulted her was the president’s “favorite for SCOTUS,” he said.
Koegler wrote back, “I remember you telling me about him, but I don’t remember his name. Do you mind telling me so I can read about him?”
“Brett Kavanaugh,” Ford replied in an email, according to Koegler.
In his letter to the Senate, Koegler expressed concern over its decision to rush Kavanaugh’s confirmation process without hearing from Ford’s corroborating witnesses, including himself.
“There are a minimum of 7 additional people, known to the White House, the Senate Judiciary Committee and the FBI who knew about the assault prior to the nomination who were not interviewed,” Koegler wrote. “I am one of them.”
Part of the price to be paid for an incomplete FBI investigation & a rush to vote will be the ongoing release of information from people who should have been, but weren’t, interviewed. https://t.co/5gLwQX1HA8
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) October 6, 2018
With new information trickling in over the next weeks and months from all the sources the FBI didn’t interview, I wonder how soon we can expect the impeachment trial?
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I, for one of many, want to thank the courageous dignity that Ms Ford exhibited by coming forward…with great sacrifice not only for her and her family, but for all of us. It will not go down as a modest testimony, but rather a turning point for men and women across this great nation, to understand what “civic” duty actually means, and if nothing else, to vote like all our lives depend on each and every one of our votes…because like Ms Ford’s testimony, it matters greatly. Thank you sincerely Christine Blasey Ford!