‘Dr. Ford’s lawyers are no longer involved in the event…’
(Ben Sellers, Liberty Headlines) Up is down, down is up. The sexual assault accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh have led to many surprise reversals, from a rare Congressional consensus to more Democratic flip-flopping than normal, to an unusually reserved Donald Trump.
But none could be as shocking as the revelation today of an honest report from CNN that undermined the purportedly non-partisan nature of Christine Blasey Ford’s 36-year-old high-school groping allegations against the judge.
On Thursday afternoon, CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju tweeted about a fundraiser that Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisconsin, had scheduled with Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz. Raju said that the invitation was mailed Thursday morning for the event, scheduled for Oct. 1. After he reached out, however, it was canceled.
According to Raju, Baldwin’s spokesman replied with a statement that “The event was scheduled before Dr. Ford made the allegations,” the spokesman said. “Dr. Ford’s lawyers are no longer involved in the event.”
Social media reaction, as compiled on Twitchy, was varied, from some applauding the “fake news” network for its “random act of journalism” to pointing out the terrible optics to cautioning against faulting Ford for her attorneys’ actions.
But it was just one of many setbacks that the accuser’s narrative had to face over the past 24 hours, including the contradictory statements of a former classmate and the inflammatory, eyebrow-raising, misandrist commentary of Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono.
Ford supporters may have hoped that a letter from her fellow alumnae of the Holton-Arms School (including comedian Julia Louis-Dreyfus) would build momentum for the expressed objective of launching an FBI investigation. Despite her classmates’ assertion that Ford’s “decision to provide information pertaining to a sexual assault is not a partisan act. It is an act of civic duty,” however, her lawyers’ actions suggest otherwise.