two, three, now four victims, at this moment five victims that have stepped forward in the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh, Steve Daines has called all of these victims of sexual assault liars.
This is a smear campaign against Judge Kavanaugh. This is trial by tabloid. That’s what’s going on. Their are no substantive allegations here. Their is no corroborating evidence. Their’s no time, their’s no place, their are no corroborating witnesses.
I will not be debating our one-term Senator Steve Daines on this point, but merely pointing out that he is calling all of these accusers liars as his use of the term “smear campaign” states that he does not believe these victims and would prefer to victim shame and use justifications rather than assess the facts as they come.
From Mother Jones on the definition of corroboration and what Steve Daines doesn’t understand about these highly technical legal terms:
Ford and Ramirez’s allegations both come with what attorneys typically call corroboration.
“To call these allegations uncorroborated, is wrong, since contemporaneous statements of a victim are one of the best guarantees of truthfulness,” Joyce Vance, a former US attorney in Alabama, told Mother Jones in an email. Ford, she noted, told people, including her therapist, about the assault years before Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court.
Interesting use of evidentiary and legal terms from Sen. Daines, a man who once stated when asked if President Trump could pardon himself for colluding with the Russians or obstruction of justice that:
(Questioner and respondent titles added for clarification)
From this tweet by reporter Igor Bobic:
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) June 5, 2018
It’s also interesting how Senator Daines speaks here, he acts as if Dr. Ford is on trial. That is the lie. Brett Kavanaugh is facing a confirmation hearing for a lifetime appointment. He is on trial to hold a seat on the United States Supreme Court for 30 or 40 years.
Steve Daines partisan view of the honored practice of “advice and consent” is disgusting and all Montana women and women everywhere deserve better. Steve Daines is unfit to vote in this sham confirmation process if he is not willing to listen to the evidence before he makes his decision.
Rather than accede to requests for a full FBI investigation of Kavanaugh or pausing the confirmation process as accusations against Kavanaugh have continued to emerge, Senate Republican leaders have so far continued to ram through a Kavanaugh nomination–scheduling a Senate Judiciary Committee vote for Friday, less than 24 hours after Dr. Ford’s scheduled testimony.
We must strongly demand that Senator Daines stand up for constituents and women by calling for a full investigation of the charges against Kavanaugh, opposing his confirmation and insisting on a process that is fair and deliberative.
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has put herself in harm’s way coming forward with the story of Brett Kavanaugh’s assault on her. She has received death threats and has been forced from her home. This is not the time for partisanship to demonize Dr. Ford who has so courageously stepped up.