President Donald Trump provided some unsolicited authorized recommendation to U.S. Supreme Court docket Justice Brett Kavanaugh on Monday afternoon.
Amid the partisan rancor and message-disciplined cacophony of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for U.S. Supreme Court docket nominee Amy Coney Barrett, some GOP members of the decrease chamber had been apparently feeling slightly overlooked. Enter: the Home Judiciary Committee Republicans.
“Remember what they did to Brett Kavanaugh,” the official Twitter account for the small group of GOP congresspersons comprising the subcommittee recalled. “We don’t owe the Democrats anything.”
The transient missive ended with a hash-tagged name to “confirm” Barrett–the kind of clarion name that might usually recede promptly into the ether. However the comparatively innocuous tweet was, a number of hours later, certain for brand spanking new life when the 45th president personally endorsed the sentiment after which some.
“He should sue the women, and all of those who illegally worked with them, for false and disgusting accusations!!!” the president suggested. Trump clearly nonetheless remembered that his prior Supreme Court docket nominee was accused of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez earlier than Kavanaugh’s nomination in the end prevailed on a largely party-line vote with one Democratic Social gathering defection in addition to one defection from his personal GOP.
The generation-defining contretemps between Senate Democrats and Republicans, which occurred at maybe one of many highest-peaking crests of the #MeToo wave, lingered within the president’s thoughts on Barrett’s first day of hearings. The suggestion was rapidly amplified by lots of the president’s supporters and ridiculed by these extra apprised of how the authorized system really offers with these kinds of (potential) conditions.
Kavanaugh is extremely unlikely to sue Ford or Ramirez; the legal professionals who represented Ford and Ramirez did so legally and it’s unclear what–if something–Trump was speaking about there. However, within the off-chance or model of earth the place a sitting Supreme Court docket justice places a bullseye on their very own popularity and recordsdata a defamation lawsuit towards ladies who accused him of sexual assault, the ensuing authorized combat doubtless wouldn’t inure a lot to stated justice’s favor.
Melissa Schwartz is a member of the disaster public relations agency that helped handle media efforts for Ford in the course of the Kavanaugh combat. In a tweet, she outlined the order of occasions that might comply with the submitting of any the aforementioned and theoretical lawsuit(s).
Sue the ladies…just like the a number of credible ladies who got here ahead? And people of us who had been proud to serve them professional bono? Which means ACTUALLY investigating their claims and the handfuls of witnesses ignored by the Committee. Let’s do it (cc: @kabarkoff @LisaBanksKMB @DebraKatzKMB) https://t.co/YcDxlxLBiG
— Melissa Schwartz (@MSchwartz3) October 12, 2020
In different phrases, had been Kavanaugh to belief faux lawyer President Trump, the right-of-center jurist would rapidly be swept up beneath a much more exacting and sure embarrassing set of circumstances the place proof and candor would really matter. Discovery alone can be messy and will lend extra credence to the sexual assault allegations towards him (although that might not be true for 2 different claims). And, for what it’s worth, prevaricating or mendacity about what “Devil’s Triangle” means in entrance of one other decide can be exceptionally ill-advised.
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