A sexual harasser on the Supreme Court is not enough; let’s add an accused rapist

Updates

  1. Originally published, September 23, 8:18 am.
  2. September 23, 3:17 pm:
    • A problem that Christine Blasey Ford faces as she confronts Brett Kavanaugh in the latter’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court is that the rich and well-connected protect each other. They do this even when, as with Judith Butler (a renowned critical theorist), they clearly should know better, and at the expense of “lesser” people.[1]
  3. September 24, 1:01 am:
    • A second woman, Deborah Ramirez, has come forward with allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, specifically that he “exposed himself to Ramirez during a party. She acknowledged lapses in her memory of the episode but said she remembered Kavanaugh standing to her right and laughing while he pulled up his pants, according to the [New Yorker] magazine.”[2]
  4. September 24, 9:49 am:
    • Government of the bullies, for the bullies, by the bullies: Donald Trump stands by Brett Kavanaugh.[3]
    • White House officials say Rod Rosenstein has offered to resign.[4] (James Comey)
  5. September 24, 12:43 pm:
  6. September 24, 7:54 pm:
    • Rod Rosenstein has not resigned or been fired after all. This might happen Thursday. Or it might happen after the midterm elections.[5] (James Comey)
    • I am not caught up.
  7. September 25, 1:37 am:
    • Apparently Deborah Ramirez’ accusation of sexual harassment against Brett Kavanaugh is on weaker legal ground than Christine Blasey Ford’s.[6]
    • An as-yet-unnamed third woman, represented by Michael Avenatti, apparently has credible information against Brett Kavanaugh.[7]
  8. September 25, 11:24 am:
    • A judge has labeled Bill Cosby a “sexually violent predator,” meaning he “must undergo counselling for life and appear on the sex offenders’ registry.”[8]
  9. September 25, 2:52 pm:
    • Bill Cosby has been sentenced to at least three years in a Pennsylvania state prison.[9]
  10. September 26, 12:37 am:
    • Added a photograph of Bill Cosby being helped to a police car to be taken to jail.
  11. September 26, 7:15 am:
    • In our system of so-called “justice,” we very often focus on inconsistencies in the victim‘s story as a way of discrediting the victim and turning a proceeding into an attack upon her, all in the name of course, of allowing the accused to confront his accuser, but it seems Brett Kavanaugh has a few of his own.[10]
  12. September 26, 12:01 pm:
    • Michael Avenatti’s “third accuser” against Brett Kavanaugh has come forward. Her name is Julie Swetnick.[11]
  13. September 27, 11:24 pm:
    • There’s a lot to catch up on with the Brett Kavanaugh nomination:
      1. I don’t believe I’ve noticed Paul Waldman’s work at the Washington Post before. But he effectively dismantles the Republican case for ramming through the nomination.[12]
      2. Apparently Kavanaugh might not just have been a drunken asshole would-be rapist while in high school. According to an anonymous allegation, he was still a drunken asshole would-be rapist when he was 33 years old.[13]
      3. I was specifically not reacting to early reports of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. I was waiting for the picture that includes Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony. The bottom line seems to be that both did what they needed to do, while the committee’s chairman, Charles Grassley, seems defensive about his and his committee’s handling of the confirmation and the appointment of a prosecutor from Arizona to handle questioning seemed to backfire on the Republicans who (probably correctly) figured they didn’t know how not to be bastards in questioning Ford.[14]
  14. September 28, 6:03 am:
    • Are Republicans so partisan that they will put a possible sex offender on the Supreme Court? Maybe. The Judiciary Committee is expected to vote today (September 28).[15]
  15. September 28, 1:57 pm:
    • The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to advance Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the full Senate[16] but a final vote will be delayed pending an FBI investigation.[17]
  16. September 28, 4:20 pm:
  17. September 30, 12:59 am:
    • Donald Trump claims the FBI is free to pursue the investigation of Brett Kavanaugh wherever it leads, but the White House has in fact sharply limited the scope of the investigation to the claims of the first two women, Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez. Julie Swetnick’s claims will not be investigated. Furthermore, the White House has limited the witnesses who may be interviewed.[18] I’m just going to say it: Somebody at the White House is very afraid of Swetnick.
  18. October 1, 12:49 am:
    • Jerry Brown signed Net neutrality into California law and the U.S. Department of Justice promptly sued.[19]
    • Apparently, we still do not know the scope of the FBI investigation for Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. But the part about omitting Julie Swetnick’s claims seems to be holding.[20]
  19. October 1, 7:34 pm:
  20. October 1, 11:15 pm:
  21. October 2, 10:56 am:
    • When Christine Blasey Ford appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee, senators had a prosecutor from Maricopa County (Joe Arpaio territory) question her. This prosecutor wrote a report essentially saying Ford’s testimony was insufficient and Republican senators used this to claim Ford’s testimony was uncorroborated. Experts from both major parties say more investigation is necessary and that the prosecutor’s report looks like a political hack.[25] (Brett Kavanaugh)
    • Brett Kavanaugh was a mean drunk in college, too.[26]
  22. October 2, 11:42 am:
    • Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony may have been deceptive, in that he withheld truth, but it doesn’t quite rise to the level of lying.[27]
  23. October 3, 1:12 am:
    • Benjamin Wittes has a comprehensive assessment that tilts against confirming Brett Kavanaugh. My differences with Wittes are that 1) he cares much more about the integrity and credibility of the nomination and confirmation process than I do; 2) he cares much more about the possibility that Kavanaugh may be being treated unfairly than I do; and 3) I think it fair to say, I care much more about the prospect of a possible sex offender participating in decisions affecting hundreds of millions of people, especially women, than he does. But he cares enough about what I do enough that it is one of a number of reasons he gives for opposing Kavanaugh.[28]
    • Ambrose Evans-Pritchard has a story to tell about a younger Brett Kavanaugh, then part of Kenneth Starr’s Whitewater investigation; Vince Foster; and the intimidation of a witness.[29]
  24. October 4, 1:19 am:
    • Jeet Heer argues that Republicans are attempting to salvage Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination in essence by asserting that it’s normal for boys to commit sexual assault.[30]
  25. October 4, 8:31 am:
    • Women cite a few reasons for not reporting rapes and sexual assaults. These boil down to 1) that their stories will be discounted, and 2) that they will be attacked. So look what we have here:
      1. There are a number of witnesses the FBI did not talk to in its so-called investigation of Brett Kavanaugh. Deborah Ramirez perceived no effort to corroborate her story.[31] “White House spokesman Raj Shah said Thursday that the FBI agents had reached out to 10 witnesses — nine of whom were interviewed — and that no one had corroborated the account of Christine Blasey Ford, the first woman to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault.”[32] In general, the supposedly apolitical or even allegedly anti-Trump FBI appears to have adopted a “see no evil” approach with regard to Kavanaugh.
      2. Senate Republicans are embracing an ad hominem approach toward Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers.[33]
  26. October 4, 4:52 pm:
    • Ben Sasse, uncharacteristically for Republicans in the present polarization, acknowledged that women’s experience of rape is a thing.[34] To give a speech such as he gave on the Senate floor and then to vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh would be paradoxical. But right now, it seems like none of it makes any difference: At least some powerful Republicans don’t care and continue to press forward[35] while at least two of those whose votes seemed in doubt expressed satisfaction with what can only be considered a rather dubious FBI report.[36]
  27. October 4, 6:49 pm:
  28. October 7, 1:19 am:
    • Mostly for the record here, Brett Kavanaugh was indeed confirmed to the Supreme Court. I’m really not that much interested in the political blow-by-blow of how this will affect the midterm elections next month,[37] but I will point out that if voting—as some recommend in response to this confirmation[38]—actually was a functional strategy, we wouldn’t be in this mess in the first place. And as for November, we’ll see that soon enough. The rest is bullshit, piled up by those who need to pile up bullshit.
  29. October 7, 1:58 pm:

For those who do not recall, Anita Hill accused Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment. Senators on the Judiciary Committee, two of whom are still there, offered a brutal example of “gaslighting” before “gaslighting” was a term. Needless to say, Thomas now sits on the Supreme Court, where he participates in some of its more ignoble decisions.[39]


There are six new blog postings:


I am no longer on Google Plus. Their artificial intelligence bot censored two of my comments on Saturday, September 22, claiming they were spam. These were political comments, not commercial speech. Since rape is an issue of the day, and I was discussing that issue, I suspect that the use of the word ‘rape’ is what triggered the bot. Google Plus offers no means to appeal its bot’s decisions; I can only send “feedback,” which I have no reason to believe is even read, let alone by a human.

Unfortunately, my relationship with Google will continue. As things stand, I continue to face homelessness, likely in about ten years (I will be about 70 years old at this time), plus or minus a few years. Among other things, this means I need to get out of the business of hosting my own sites at home, since I may no longer have a home. At $20 a month, the G Suite deal, which hosts my email, contacts, and calendar, and offers unlimited cloud storage, is simply far too good to pass up.


Brett Kavanaugh

Fig. 1. Brett Kavanaugh. Photograph by Tom Williams of Getty Images, via National Public Radio, fair use.

I address this in two new blog posts entitled, “Clarity on Brett Kavanaugh” and “Innocent until proven guilty.” But of course the controversy rages on as a third, as-yet-unidentified woman represented by Michael Avenatti has something to say,[40] and meanwhile:

Emma Brown, “California professor, writer of confidential Brett Kavanaugh letter, speaks out about her allegation of sexual assault,” Washington Post, September 16, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/california-professor-writer-of-confidential-brett-kavanaugh-letter-speaks-out-about-her-allegation-of-sexual-assault/2018/09/16/46982194-b846-11e8-94eb-3bd52dfe917b_story.html

Deanna Paul, “A former sex-crimes prosecutor analyzed Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh. Here’s her take,” Washington Post, September 18, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/18/former-sex-crimes-prosecutor-analyzed-fords-allegations-against-kavanaugh-heres-her-take/

Emily Witt, “The Boys’ Club That Protects Brett Kavanaugh,” New Yorker, September 22, 2018, https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-boys-club-that-protects-brett-kavanaugh

Eliot A. Cohen, “The Crisis of the American Elites,” Atlantic, September 23, 2018, https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/09/the-crisis-of-the-american-elites/571060/

Karoun Demirjian, Amy Gardner, and Seung Min Kim, “Senate Judiciary panel’s top Democrat calls for delay in Kavanaugh hearing after new allegation,” Washington Post, September 23, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/as-hearing-on-kavanaugh-assault-allegations-loom-senators-seem-unwilling-to-budge/2018/09/23/99f3fd3e-bf37-11e8-90c9-23f963eea204_story.html

David Smith, “Anita Hill and the Senate ‘sham trial’ that echoes down to Kavanaugh,” Guardian, September 23, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/law/2018/sep/22/brett-kavanaugh-christine-blasey-ford-anita-hill-clarence-thomas-senate-judiciary-committee

Alexander Bolton, “Trump calls Kavanaugh accusations ‘totally political,’” Hill, September 24, 2018, https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/408056-trump-doubles-down-calls-kavanaugh-accusations-totally-political

Deanna Paul, “The new Kavanaugh allegation is on precarious legal ground, former sex-crimes prosecutors say,” Washington Post, September 24, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/24/new-kavanaugh-allegation-is-precarious-legal-ground-former-sex-crimes-prosecutors-say/

Joanna Walters, “Brett Kavanaugh: third woman expected to make accusations of sexual misconduct,” Guardian, September 24, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/24/brett-kavanaugh-third-woman-expected-to-make-accusations-of-sexual-misconduct

Aaron C. Davis, Emma Brown, and Joe Heim, “Kavanaugh’s ‘choir boy’ image on Fox interview rankles former Yale classmates,” Washington Post, September 25, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2018/09/25/ea5e50d4-c0eb-11e8-9005-5104e9616c21_story.html

Kathryn Rubino, “Brett Kavanaugh Seems Like He Was A Real Jerk In High School,” Above the Law, September 25, 2018, https://abovethelaw.com/2018/09/brett-kavanaugh-seems-like-he-was-a-real-jerk-in-high-school/

David Von Drehle, “Kavanaugh says he never blacked out from drinking. Can he swear to it?” Washington Post, September 25, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kavanaugh-says-he-never-blacked-out-from-drinking-yeah-right/2018/09/25/60bba4d4-c0f1-11e8-be77-516336a26305_story.html

Maeve Reston and Sara Sidner, “New allegations against Kavanaugh submitted to Senate committee,” CNN, September 26, 2018, https://www.cnn.com/2018/09/26/politics/julie-swetnick-allegation-kavanaugh/index.html

Paul Waldman, “Explosive new allegations against Kavanaugh demand a full investigation — now,” Washington Post, September 26, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/09/26/explosive-new-allegations-against-kavanaugh-demand-a-full-investigation-now/

Dan Balz, “A day of explosive testimony results in a partisan brawl,” Washington Post, September 27, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/a-day-of-explosive-testimony-results-in-a-partisan-brawl/2018/09/27/3be77b18-c297-11e8-97a5-ab1e46bb3bc7_story.html

Jordain Carney and Emily Birnbaum, “Five takeaways on Kavanaugh and Ford’s testimony,” Hill, September 27, 2018, https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/408876-five-takeaways-on-kavanaugh-and-fords-testimony

Seung Min Kim and John Wagner, “Kavanaugh vote: Flake, Murkowski back FBI investigation; Senate committee advances nominee,” Washington Post, September 28, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-committee-prepares-to-vote-on-kavanaughination-as-key-senators-remain-silent/2018/09/28/0b143292-c305-11e8-b338-a3289f6cb742_story.html

Seung Min Kim and John Wagner, “Kavanaugh vote: Senate Republican leaders agree to new FBI background investigation of Kavanaugh,” Washington Post, September 28, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/senate-committee-prepares-to-vote-on-kavanaughination-as-key-senators-remain-silent/2018/09/28/0b143292-c305-11e8-b338-a3289f6cb742_story.html

Ken Dilanian, Geoff Bennett, and Kristen Welker, “Trump: No limits on FBI’s investigation into allegations against Brett Kavanaugh,” NBC News, September 29, 2018, https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/white-house-limits-scope-fbi-s-investigation-allegations-against-brett-n915061

Dustin Volz and Peter Nicholas, “White House Directs FBI to Interview First Two Kavanaugh Accusers, But Not the Third,” Wall Street Journal, September 29, 2018, https://www.wsj.com/articles/white-house-directs-fbi-to-interview-first-two-kavanaugh-accusers-but-not-the-third-1538256505

Mike DeBonis and Josh Dawsey, “Fight over Kavanaugh intensifies amid confusion over limits of FBI sexual assault investigation,” Washington Post, September 30, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/administration-says-white-house-is-not-limiting-fbi-probe-of-kavanaugh-but-is-against-fishing-expedition/2018/09/30/aa7b796e-c4bb-11e8-b1ed-1d2d65b86d0c_story.html

Peter Baker and Michael S. Schmidt, “White House Tells F.B.I. to Interview Anyone Necessary for Kavanaugh Inquiry,” New York Times, October 1, 2018, https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/01/us/politics/trump-fbi-kavanaugh.html

Emma Brown and Seung Min Kim, “Experts question GOP prosecutor’s memo on Christine Blasey Ford,” Washington Post, October 1, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/experts-question-gop-prosecutors-memo-on-christine-blasey-ford/2018/10/01/85a454c0-c5a2-11e8-b1ed-1d2d65b86d0c_story.html

Aaron Blake, “More half-truths in Brett Kavanaugh’s denials?” Washington Post, October 2, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/10/02/more-half-truths-brett-kavanaughs-denials/

Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, “My sinister battle with Brett Kavanaugh over the truth,” Telegraph, October 2, 2018, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/my-battle-brett-kavanaugh-over-truth-ambrose-evans-pritchard/

Sabrina Siddiqui and Sarah Betancourt, “Brett Kavanaugh faced police questioning over 1985 bar brawl – report,” Guardian, October 2, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/oct/01/kavanaugh-police-questioning-report-deborah-ramirez

Jeet Heer, “The New Face of Men’s Rights,” New Republic, October 3, 2018, https://newrepublic.com/article/151509/brett-kavanaugh-new-face-mens-rights

Bryan Logan, “Republican Sen. Ben Sasse drops a bombshell on the debate over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court,” Business Insider, October 3, 2018, https://amp.businessinsider.com/republican-ben-sasse-on-brett-kavanaugh-trump-shouldinate-someone-else-2018-10

Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow, “The F.B.I. Probe Ignored Testimonies from Former Classmates of Kavanaugh,” New Yorker, October 3, 2018, https://www.newyorker.com/news/news-desk/will-the-fbi-ignore-testimonies-from-kavanaughs-former-classmates

Sean Sullivan and Gabriel Pogrund, “Adopting Trumpian strategy, Republicans level personal attacks against Kavanaugh accusers,” Washington Post, October 3, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/republicans-level-personal-attacks-against-kavanaugh-accusers/2018/10/03/6a8a250a-c739-11e8-b1ed-1d2d65b86d0c_story.html

Seung Min Kim and John Wagner, “Kavanaugh moves closer to Senate confirmation as GOP argues FBI report exonerates the judge,” Washington Post, October 4, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senators-prepare-to-review-fbi-report-on-kavanaugh-after-early-morning-arrival/2018/10/04/394dbaf8-c7be-11e8-b2b5-79270f9cce17_story.html

John Wagner and Seung Min Kim, “Grassley, White House stand by Kavanaugh as Senate reviews FBI report,” Washington Post, October 4, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senators-prepare-to-review-fbi-report-on-kavanaugh-after-early-morning-arrival/2018/10/04/394dbaf8-c7be-11e8-b2b5-79270f9cce17_story.html

John Wagner and Seung Min Kim, “Key Republicans signal satisfaction with FBI report, increasing confirmation odds for Kavanaugh,” Washington Post, October 4, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/senators-prepare-to-review-fbi-report-on-kavanaugh-after-early-morning-arrival/2018/10/04/394dbaf8-c7be-11e8-b2b5-79270f9cce17_story.html

Jennifer Haberkorn, “Senate narrowly approves Brett Kavanaugh to Supreme Court, cementing conservative majority,” Los Angeles Times, October 6, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-kavanaugh-confirmed-20181006-story.html


Donald Trump

Nomi Prins, “The Donald in Wonderland: Down the Financial Rabbit Hole With President Trump,” TomDispatch, September 16, 2018, http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176468/tomgram%3A_nomi_prins%2C_cooking_the_books_in_the_trump_universe/

Peter Van Buren, “What Ohio’s ‘Deplorables’ Really Want,” American Conservative, September 19, 2018, https://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/what-ohios-deplorables-really-want/

David Smith, “Mommy dearest: a psychiatrist puts Donald Trump on the couch,” Guardian, September 30, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/29/trump-on-the-couch-justin-frank


James Comey

Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky, “McCabe memos say Rosenstein considered secretly recording Trump,” Washington Post, September 21, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/mccabe-memos-say-rosenstein-considered-secretly-recording-trump/2018/09/21/f4aa9a62-bdca-11e8-8792-78719177250f_story.html

Devlin Barrett et al., “Rod Rosenstein to stay in job for now, will meet with Trump on Thursday, White House says,” Washington Post, September 24, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/rod-rosenstein-who-had-been-overseeing-russia-probe-has-offered-to-resign/2018/09/24/d350477c-aad8-11e8-8a0c-70b618c98d3c_story.html

Devlin Barrett et al., “Rod Rosenstein, who has been overseeing Russia probe, has offered to resign, according to White House officials,” Washington Post, September 24, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/rod-rosenstein-who-had-been-overseeing-russia-probe-has-offered-to-resign/2018/09/24/d350477c-aad8-11e8-8a0c-70b618c98d3c_story.html


Brexit

James Crisp, Kate McCann, and James Rothwell, “‘It will not work’ – EU leaders reject Theresa May’s Chequers proposal for Brexit,” Telegraph, September 20, 2018, https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2018/09/20/brexit-eu-leaders-almost-unanimous-support-second-uk-referendum/


Bill Cosby

Fig. 2. Photographer unidentified, via the Seattle Times in a newsletter for an article that was unavailable when I clicked on the link, fair use.

British Broadcasting Corporation, “Bill Cosby is a ‘sexually violent predator’, judge rules,” September 25, 2018, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45644374

Manuel Roig-Franzia, “Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison,” Washington Post, September 25, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/bill-cosby-sentenced-to-3-to-10-years-in-state-prison/2018/09/25/9aa620aa-c00d-11e8-90c9-23f963eea204_story.html


Net neutrality

Jazmine Ulloa, “California enacts strongest net neutrality protections in the nation — and the Trump administration sues,” Los Angeles Times, September 30, 2018, http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-net-neutrality-california-signed-governor-jerry-brown-20180930-story.html


North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

Anne Applebaum, “Trump’s new NAFTA is pretty much the same as the old one — but at what cost?” Washington Post, October 1, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/10/01/trumps-new-nafta-is-pretty-much-the-same-as-the-old-one-but-at-what-cost/

David Fickling, “Globalists Will Love Trump’s New Nafta Deal,” Bloomberg, October 1, 2018, https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2018-10-01/globalists-will-love-trump-s-new-nafta-deal

Vicki Needham and Sylvan Lane, “Five things to know about Trump’s new NAFTA,” Hill, October 1, 2018, https://thehill.com/policy/finance/409344-five-things-to-know-about-trumps-new-nafta


  1. [1]Eliot A. Cohen, “The Crisis of the American Elites,” Atlantic, September 23, 2018, https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2018/09/the-crisis-of-the-american-elites/571060/; Emily Witt, “The Boys’ Club That Protects Brett Kavanaugh,” New Yorker, September 22, 2018, https://www.newyorker.com/news/our-columnists/the-boys-club-that-protects-brett-kavanaugh
  2. [2]Karoun Demirjian, Amy Gardner, and Seung Min Kim, “Senate Judiciary panel’s top Democrat calls for delay in Kavanaugh hearing after new allegation,” Washington Post, September 23, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/as-hearing-on-kavanaugh-assault-allegations-loom-senators-seem-unwilling-to-budge/2018/09/23/99f3fd3e-bf37-11e8-90c9-23f963eea204_story.html
  3. [3]Alexander Bolton, “Trump calls Kavanaugh accusations ‘totally political,’” Hill, September 24, 2018, https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/408056-trump-doubles-down-calls-kavanaugh-accusations-totally-political
  4. [4]Devlin Barrett et al., “Rod Rosenstein, who has been overseeing Russia probe, has offered to resign, according to White House officials,” Washington Post, September 24, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/rod-rosenstein-who-had-been-overseeing-russia-probe-has-offered-to-resign/2018/09/24/d350477c-aad8-11e8-8a0c-70b618c98d3c_story.html
  5. [5]Devlin Barrett et al., “Rod Rosenstein to stay in job for now, will meet with Trump on Thursday, White House says,” Washington Post, September 24, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/rod-rosenstein-who-had-been-overseeing-russia-probe-has-offered-to-resign/2018/09/24/d350477c-aad8-11e8-8a0c-70b618c98d3c_story.html
  6. [6]Deanna Paul, “The new Kavanaugh allegation is on precarious legal ground, former sex-crimes prosecutors say,” Washington Post, September 24, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/09/24/new-kavanaugh-allegation-is-precarious-legal-ground-former-sex-crimes-prosecutors-say/
  7. [7]Joanna Walters, “Brett Kavanaugh: third woman expected to make accusations of sexual misconduct,” Guardian, September 24, 2018, https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2018/sep/24/brett-kavanaugh-third-woman-expected-to-make-accusations-of-sexual-misconduct
  8. [8]British Broadcasting Corporation, “Bill Cosby is a ‘sexually violent predator’, judge rules,” September 25, 2018, https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-45644374
  9. [9]Manuel Roig-Franzia, “Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years in state prison,” Washington Post, September 25, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/bill-cosby-sentenced-to-3-to-10-years-in-state-prison/2018/09/25/9aa620aa-c00d-11e8-90c9-23f963eea204_story.html
  10. [10]Aaron C. Davis, Emma Brown, and Joe Heim, “Kavanaugh’s ‘choir boy’ image on Fox interview rankles former Yale classmates,” Washington Post, September 25, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/2018/09/25/ea5e50d4-c0eb-11e8-9005-5104e9616c21_story.html; Kathryn Rubino, “Brett Kavanaugh Seems Like He Was A Real Jerk In High School,” Above the Law, September 25, 2018, https://abovethelaw.com/2018/09/brett-kavanaugh-seems-like-he-was-a-real-jerk-in-high-school/; David Von Drehle, “Kavanaugh says he never blacked out from drinking. Can he swear to it?” Washington Post, September 25, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/kavanaugh-says-he-never-blacked-out-from-drinking-yeah-right/2018/09/25/60bba4d4-c0f1-11e8-be77-516336a26305_story.html
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  12. [12]Paul Waldman, “Explosive new allegations against Kavanaugh demand a full investigation — now,” Washington Post, September 26, 2018, https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2018/09/26/explosive-new-allegations-against-kavanaugh-demand-a-full-investigation-now/
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