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Bret Kavanaugh is a pathological liar and in any position of power he is a danger to society.  I do not say this lightly, nor am I referring to Kavanaugh’s aberrant behavior that Dr. Christine Baisley Fordand others testified about:  the attempted rape, sexual battery, drunkenness, blackouts and aggressions.  All of that is important too.

What I am reporting on is the hundreds of times that Kavanaugh lied to Congress, while under oath, about his years in the early 2000’s as President Bush’s White House Staff Secretary.  Among other things, one of his responsibilities was to assist Bush nominees for federal judges through the Senate confirmation process.  During those confirmations processes, Kavanaugh received thousands of confidential emails, memorandums and talking points stolen from Democratic Senators’ computer servers by Republican Senate staff member Manuel Miranda.

At the time, Manuel Miranda was a staff member for the Republican majority leader, Republican Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee.  The stolen confidential emails, memorandum and talking points (the documents) related to Democratic Senators’ strategies for Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Bush nominations to the federal courts.  Those stolen documents have now been made public, and there is no question that Miranda stole them and passed them on to Kavanaugh.

Yet from 2004 to 2006, when Kavanaugh was asked hundreds of time while under oathif he had received the stolen documents he consistently lied and committed perjury.  This all occurred during his own contentious three year Senate confirmation hearings as a Bush nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  He did not lie just a few times.  He lied hundreds of times, and he lied about it again just a few days ago while being question for Senate confirmation to the US Supreme Court.

Here is the video record of Senator Patrick Leahy pressing Kavanaugh on the Bush-era stolen confidential documents:

Many of the stolen documents came from Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy’s office.  Lisa Graves at the time was the chief counsel for nominations for the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Below is what Lisa Graves has written for Slate [emphasis added]:

“I wrote some of the stolen memos that Brett Kavanaugh lied to the Senate about.  He should be impeached, not elevated…..Newly released emails show that while he was working to move through President George W. Bush’s judicial nominees in the early 2000s, Kavanaugh received confidential memos, letters, and talking points of Democratic staffers stolen by GOP Senate aide Manuel Miranda….Kavanaugh should be removed because he was repeatedly asked under oath as part of his 2004 and 2006 confirmation hearings for his position on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit about whether he had received such information from Miranda, and each time he falsely denied it.”

Lisa Graves has also personally appeared for a video interview about Kavanaugh’s lying.  Here is what she had to say to Marc Steiner of The Real News Network:

Kavanaugh has made these same lies, obfuscations and tried to change the subject hundreds of times, all while under oath, and to the FBI and other federal agents.  He told these lies in 2004, 2006 and again during his confirmation process to the Supreme Court in 2018.  Lying to Congress and the FBI are serious crimes.  They are punishable by large fines and up to 5 years in prison.

Perjury is also an impeachable offense.  Not only should Kavanaugh not be confirmed to a lifetime possession on the Supreme Court, but he should be impeached and removed from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.He should have to forfeit his pension, and be disbarred from the practice of law for the rest of his life.

The problem is that the Republicans have a slim majority in the Senate (51 to 49).  Election Day is just a few weeks away on November 6th.  Twenty-six of the thirty-five Senators up for re-election are Democrats.  That puts a lot of pressure on Senators up for re-election.  Democrats would benefit from a delay.  So would some Republicans in close races.  Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) wants a delay.  In a tie vote Vice President Pence would cast the tie breaking vote, so one more Republican is needed to call for a delay.  Two Republicans are being closely watched:  Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK).  If either one or both Collins and Murkowski request a delay, along with Flake, then a vote will not likely happen on Friday.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing hard for that Friday vote.

Senators up for re-election are going to be paying special attention to their constituents’ telephone calls, emails and letters.  You can get your Senator’s contact information on the US Senate web pagehttps://www.senate.gov/senators/contact .

Senator Bernie Sanders wrote a letter on Saturday, September 29th to the Judiciary Committee Chairman Senator Chuck Grassley demanding that a number of “inconsistencies” in Kavanaugh’s record and testimony be investigated fully.  Here is the full text of the letter.  What follows are some of the issues that Sanders raised for a thorough investigation, [emphasis added]:

“In his previous testimony before Congress, Judge Kavanaugh was asked more than 100 times if he knew about files stolen by Republican staffers from Judiciary Committee Democrats. He said he knew nothing. Emails released as part of these hearings show that these files were regularly shared with Kavanaugh while he was on the White House staff. One of the emails had the subject line “spying.” Was Judge Kavanaugh being truthful with the committee?

  • In 2006 Judge Kavanaugh told Congress he did not know anything about the NSA warrantless wiretapping program prior to it being reported by the New York Times. This year an email revealed that while at the White House he might have been involved in some conversations about this program. Was Judge Kavanaugh being truthful with the committee?
  • In 2004 Judge Kavanaugh testified the nomination of William Pryor to the 11th Circuit “was not one that I worked on personally.” Documents now contradict that statement. Newly released documents also call into question whether Judge Kavanaugh was truthful that the nomination of Charles Pickering “was not one of the judicial nominees that I was primarily handling.” Was Judge Kavanaugh being truthful with the committee?
  • In 2006 Judge Kavanaugh testified, “I was not involved and am not involved in the questions about the rules governing detention of combatants.” New evidence released as part of these confirmation hearing contradicts that assertion. Was Judge Kavanaugh being truthful with the committee?

Additionally, several statements made by Judge Kavanaugh under oath regarding his treatment of women and his use of alcohol appear not to be true.”

Amazingly even after the Kavanaugh perjury has made the mainstream media, is being reported extensively by ‘alternative media’ such a Politico, Slate, The Real News Network, Vox and others, there is still a tremendous amount of political pressure to “wrapping up” the FBI investigation as early as Friday.

Dr. Christine Baisley Ford gave convincing testimony of Kavanaugh’s attempted rape of her, and there are substantiating allegations from other women.   Kavanaugh’s drunkenness, his bad barroom and frat house behavior, and his most recent bizarre mental and emotional meltdowns during his Senate testimony all call for a thorough investigation.

What little we do know about Kavanaugh raises so many questions that they can only be answered by an extensive investigation that should take months.  There are thousands of pages of his prior testimony and other documents that need careful scrutiny.  Witnesses need vetting and some should be asked to take a polygraph test.  Kavanaugh for one should take a polygraph test.

The surface of Kavanaugh’s criminal behavior has just been scratched.  There is a lot more that should come out, and it is just below the surface.  Let’s keep digging.

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4 Comments

  1. Sally Dugman says:

    FYI:

    Tell Sen. Flake: Brett Lied, He’s Disqualified

    The petition to Sen. Jeff Flake reads:
    “Brett Kavanaugh has repeatedly lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee. You have said that lying would be disqualifying. Publicly confirm your no vote on his confirmation to the Supreme Court.”

    Add your name:
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    ,
    Tell Sen. Flake: Brett Lied, He’s Disqualified

    It’s time for Sen. Jeff Flake to back up his words with action.

    Last week, Sen. Flake forced his fellow Republicans to slow down Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to make time for an FBI investigation. Since then, he has twice stated that if Kavanaugh lied to the committee, he cannot be confirmed to the Supreme Court.

    But we already know that Kavanaugh lied to the committee – repeatedly. Dr. Ford’s brave and credible testimony and Kavanaugh’s unhinged denials should be enough for any senator to vote no, but if Sen. Flake is concerned about other lies, there are plenty to choose from.

    Kavanaugh’s false statements, along with his evasions, vile rants and partisan threats, made it clear he is not qualified to serve as a Supreme Court Justice. If lying is disqualifying, Sen. Flake should publicly confirm he’s voting no on Kavanaugh.

    Tell Sen. Flake: Brett Kavanaugh lied to the Judiciary Committee. Vote no on his confirmation. Click here to sign the petition.

    Several organizations have compiled Kavanaugh’s false and questionable statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee going all the way back to his 2004 and 2006 confirmation hearings.1 But even just in last Thursday’s hearing, Kavanaugh lied repeatedly:

    Kavanaugh said he first heard about Deborah Ramirez’ allegations when the New Yorker published them on Sept. 23. But text messages show that Kavanaugh and his team were trying to refute Ramirez’s allegations before they became public.2
    Kavanaugh claimed to have “no connections” to Yale, explaining that “I got there by busting my tail.” But Kavanaugh’s grandfather attended the school, giving him an advantage as a legacy student under Yale’s admissions policies.3
    Kavanaugh said that he and Dr. Ford did not travel in the same social circles. But Dr. Ford dated Kavanaugh’s friend Chris Garrett (aka Squi), who Kavanaugh mentioned repeatedly in his testimony, in the summer of 1982.4
    Kavanaugh said that none of the gatherings on his calendar included the group of people that Dr. Ford identified. But a July 1 calendar entry included the same people that Dr. Ford said attended the gathering.5
    Kavanaugh claimed that “[a]ll the witnesses who were there say it didn’t happen.” But Dr. Ford’s friend Leland Keyser, one of those Dr. Ford says was present, said she believes Dr. Ford’s allegation.6

    These lies matter. Each one undermines Kavanaugh’s denials of the multiple sexual assault claims against him. Each one calls into question his trustworthiness and his ability to be an impartial and honest jurist. Because lying under oath is an impeachable offense, the lies also open Kavanaugh up to blackmail by anyone who could expose him, a risk that FBI agents are supposed to assess during background checks.

    Sen. Flake has said twice that lying is disqualifying. When asked on “60 Minutes” whether Kavanaugh’s nomination would end if he lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Flake said, “Oh, yes.”7 On Monday, he again said that if Flake “lied on particular things that is demonstrable, then that is disqualifying.”8

    Sen. Flake needs to decide. He can be a leader who acts on his principles, or he can prove yet again that when it’s time to offer more than speeches and platitudes, he flakes.

    Tell Sen. Flake: Brett Kavanaugh lied to the Judiciary Committee. Vote no on his confirmation. Click the link below to sign the petition:

    https://act.credoaction.com/sign/BrettLied?t=7&akid=30270%2E6524793%2ETrEhee

    Thanks for fighting back,

    Brandy Doyle, Campaign Manager
    CREDO Action from Working Assets

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    References:

    Demand Justice, “Kavanaugh: 31 Lies and Counting,” Oct. 1, 2018.
    Heidi Przybyla and Leigh Ann Caldwell, “Text messages suggest Kavanaugh wanted to refute accuser’s claim before it became public,” NBC, Oct. 1, 2018.
    Jason Lemon, “Kavanaugh Said He Had ‘no Connections’ To Yale. He Was, In Fact, A Legacy Student,” Newsweek, Sept. 30, 2018.
    Michael Kranish et al., “Details in Kavanaugh’s 1982 calendar entry could be scrutinized in FBI investigation,” The Washington Post, Sept. 28, 2018.
    Li Zhou, “Brett Kavanaugh’s July 1 calendar entry that could help Ford’s case, explained,” Vox, Sept. 28, 2018.
    Ariane de Vogue, “Christine Blasey Ford’s friend is not refuting Ford’s allegation, will cooperate with FBI, lawyer says,” CNN, Sept. 29, 2018.
    Kristine Phillips, “Kavanaugh would not be confirmed if FBI probe shows he lied to Senate committee, Jeff Flake says,” The Washington Post, Oct. 1, 2018.
    Paul Steinhauser, “Jeff Flake: ‘Disqualifying’ if Brett Kavanaugh Lied to the Senate About ‘Particular Things’,” Daily Beast, Oct. 1, 2018.

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  2. DoesItMatter? says:

    Allegations do not translate into a guilty verdict. The FBI has submitted its report and Dr. Ford has been found wanting. There is no corroboration by any witness of the allegations made. This is a ploy by Democrats to get at Trump. And let us not forget Soros has paid for many of the demonstrations held against Kavanaugh – that can’t be right. No proof – not guilty.

    • Sally Dugman says:

      There is plenty of proof that he did other wrongs — i.e., at Yale and under Bush administration … and these were NOT investigated by FBI. Indeed, FBI only tapped nine witnesses and wrapped up early.

  3. Sally Dugman says:

    More than 300 Arrested Protesting Kavanaugh Nomination – NBC Boston

    https://www.nbcboston.com/…/Cancel-Kavanaugh-March-at-Supreme-Court-4951781…
    16 hours ago – The protesters had originally planned to protest on the Capitol steps. … spoke earlier at an anti-Kavanaugh rally, apparently being arrested.

    We had over 150 thousand in women’s march in Boston alone after Trump’s pussy grab remarks. Other places in MA had marches, too. How about our huge anti-gun violence marches and our anti-hate marches. Thousands upon thousands turned out for both protests.

    Now does anyone really think that we got paid BY DEMOCRATS to take the stands that we in MA have done since the 1600’s? Some “liberals” paid for the tea party actions in the next century in Boston or the way that we started THE REVOLUTION????

    I suppose that Chuck Schumer’s daughter got paid by Democrats to be arrested in Washington, DC as she was part of the 300 arrested. Yeah … right. She got paid?

    The scope of FBI investigation was limited to nine people It didn’t cover his perjury, his lies, his Yale years, his indirect theft of information used during his Bush years, his poor temperament and lack of impartiality. …

    We have one Republican defector and if we have two, he’s done … even with Mike Pence’s vote.

    So come on: let’s get some facts here. Which Democrats are putting up the money OR IS IT THE ENTIRE DNC? Who is being paid — which individuals and groups? TELL ME or else all that we have are only CONSPIRACY THEORIES AND FAKE NEWS, and I am amply tired of both kinds of stupidity!