Accusations surface against Kavanaugh accuser

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Accusations surface against Kavanaugh accuser
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Accusations surface against Kavanaugh accuser
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While speaking to a group of feminists at the University of Baltimore, Christine Blasey Ford’s attorney appeared to contradict her client’s past statements. Video of the incident was first obtained by the Daily Caller, with Fox News quickly picking up the story. Ford nearly derailed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing when she publicly accused him of sexual assault.

Throughout her testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Ford insisted her motivation for coming forward was driven by a “civic duty” to tell her story. Debra Katz, her attorney during the hearings, presented a different take. According to Katz, Ford was motivated by a desire to tarnish Kavanaugh’s reputation before he had an opportunity to rule on Roe v Wade.

“In the aftermath of these hearings, I believe that Christine’s testimony brought about more good than the harm misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanaugh on the court,” Katz told the crowd in the video. “He will always have an asterisk next to his name.”

“When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade, we will know who he is, we know his character, and we know what motivates him, and that is important,” Katz continued. “It is important that we know, and that is part of what motivated Christine.”

The statements took many in the media by surprise. “Why would a competent lawyer say this?” Washington Post columnist Megan McArdle asked in response to the development. Some in the media went even further in their criticism of Katz.

Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said the video appears to be a violation of attorney client privilege, suggesting the Department of Justice might end up involved in the situation. “This is a very prominent and well-respected lawyer with very defined political views,” Napolitano said. “I’m quite surprised that she would talk about the motivations of her client.”

Ford claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her while the two were in high school, waiting until Kavanaugh was chosen to join the Supreme Court to publicly announce the allegations. Ford’s claims were not corroborated by a single witness, including a close friend she claimed was at the party, and some details of her story appeared to change throughout the controversy.

Further complicating the matter, disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti brought forward several new allegations against Kavanaugh following Ford’s accusation. However, sworn statements provided by Avenatti fell apart when the accusers began backtracking their stories. Although likely intended to strengthen Ford’s credibility, the ordeal appeared to have the opposite effect.

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