[Rushtalk] My sinister battle with Brett Kavanaugh

John Quayle blueoval57 at verizon.net
Wed Oct 3 21:25:07 MDT 2018


/*It's total rubbish........ask Dan Bongino <www.danbongino.com>, a 
member of both the FBI and Secret Service...............*/


On 10/3/2018 11:25 AM, Carl Spitzer wrote:
> *If even a smiggen of this is true Trump has been badly deceived and 
> so have we.*
> *Forget the source look at the argument its damming.*
> *Source: The Telegraph*
> *URL Source: 
> https://www.yahoo.com/news/sinister-battle-brett-kavanaugh-o 
> ver-202425923.html 
> <https://www.yahoo.com/news/sinister-battle-brett-kavanaugh-over-202425923.html>*
> *Published: Oct 3, 2018*
> *Author: Ambrose Evans-Pritchard*
>
>
> /*Ambrose Evans-Pritchard is International Business Editor of The 
> Daily Telegraph. He has covered world politics and economics for 30 
> years, based in Europe, the US, and Latin America. He joined the 
> Telegraph in 1991, serving as Washington correspondent and later 
> Europe correspondent in Brussels.*/
>
> *Twenty-three years ago I crossed swords with a younger Brett 
> Kavanaugh in one of the weirdest and most disturbing episodes of my 
> career as a journalist.*
>
> *What happened leaves me in no doubt that he lacks judicial character 
> and is unfit to serve on the US Supreme Court for the next thirty 
> years or more, whatever his political ideology.*
>
> *He was not a teenager. It related to his duties in the mid-1990s as 
> Assistant Independent Council for the Starr investigation, then 
> probing Bill and Hillary Clinton in the most sensitive case in the 
> country.*
>
> *Brett Kavanaugh sits behind Kenneth Starr during his testimony before 
> the House Judiciary Committee regarding the possible impeachment of 
> President Bill Clinton in 1998 Credit: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images*
>
> *To my surprise, the incident has suddenly become a second front in 
> his nomination saga on Capitol Hill. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the top 
> Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has accused him of 
> violating secrecy laws by revealing the details of a federal grand jury.*
>
> *"Disclosing grand jury information is against the law," she told 
> Politico. She said it also showed he had misled the Senate by assuring 
> categorically that he had never leaked grand jury material to 
> journalists.*
>
> *Sen Feinstein released a 'smoking gun' document from the archive 
> files of the Starr investigation. It shows Mr Kavanaugh's efforts to 
> suppress a news story about his wild cross-examination of a witness, 
> including a wayward discussion of "genitalia" that particularly 
> worried him.*
>
> *This piqued my interest since I am named in the document and the 
> witness – Patrick Knowlton – was in a sense 'my witness'.*
>
> *Sen Feinstein is doubtless unaware of the larger, surreal story 
> behind that week, and what it might suggest about rogue operations at 
> the heart of the US federal system.*
>
> *Brett Kavanaugh shakes hands with President Bill Clinton on board Air 
> Force One Source: White House*
>
> *The document is one of hundreds of papers released by the US National 
> Archives this year. For me it has been a strange journey back in time, 
> like reading your old STASI file in East Berlin. There is one 
> handwritten note by a Starr prosecutor stating – obliquely – "Ambrose 
> about to go off the deep end". OK, nobody is perfect.*
>
> *There were debriefing memos of clandestine meetings I had with 
> federal agents and prosecutors. One from Shoney's restaurant in Little 
> Rock, Arkansas; another from a dinner at the Occidental Grill in 
> Washington (my old haunt).*
>
> *Mr Knowlton had been called to the grand jury because of a story in 
> the Telegraph. Little did I know then that I was about to turn this 
> brave man's life upside down.*
>
> *He was a crime scene witness in the death of Vincent Foster, the 
> White House aide and ex-law partner of Hillary Clinton. At the time 
> this was a mystery case, a big story during my tenure as the Sunday 
> Telegraph's bureau chief in Washington.*
>
> *I had tracked down Mr Knowlton and discovered that the Starr probe 
> had never spoken to him, even though he had been the first person at 
> the Fort Marcy death location and had highly-relevant information.*
>
> *I showed him his FBI '302' witness statement from the earlier, 
> superficial Fiske probe. He had never seen the words attributed to him 
> before.*
>
> *Mr Knowlton was stunned. It contradicted his express assertions. He 
> said the FBI had tried repeatedly to badger him into changing his 
> story on key facts. Each time he refused. Now it appeared they had 
> written in what they wanted to hear. He agreed to go public and 
> accused the FBI of falsifying his witness statement. This was to court 
> trouble.*
>
> *Key witness Patrick Knowlton*
>
> *As soon as the print edition of the Telegraph reached Washington, the 
> Starr investigation issued a subpoena calling Mr Knowlton to the grand 
> jury. He was to face questioning by Brett Kavanaugh.*
>
> *Mr Kavanaugh was then a cocky 30 year-old from the affluent WASP 
> suburbs of Northwest Washington, very much the country club boy with a 
> high sense of his status, and Georgetown Prep and Yale Law School 
> behind him, though only with a humdrum Cum Laude. If anybody was going 
> to wind up my hard-scrabble, salt-of-America witness, it was this 
> child of privilege.*
>
> *What happened first was an eye-opener. Before testifying, he suffered 
> two days of what appeared to be systematic intimidation by a large 
> surveillance team. This was observed by two other witnesses, including 
> Chris Ruddy, now the powerful chief executive of NewsMax.*
>
> *Mr Ruddy called me in shock from Dupont Circle to recount what he 
> saw. A deeply-shaken Mr Knowlton contacted me from his home several 
> times, until his phone was cut off.*
>
> *Mr Kavanaugh, as aide to Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, during a 
> meeting in the Office of the Solicitor General in November 1996 
> Source: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images*
>
> *Veteran intelligence agents might recognise a method. It had the 
> hallmarks of a boilerplate softening-up operation. In my view – 
> unprovable – the objective was to frighten him before his grand jury 
> appearance. It smacked of police state behaviour on the streets of 
> Washington DC.*
>
> *I informed Mr Starr's office that their grand jury witness was being 
> intimidated. So did Mr Knowlton's lawyer, who asked for witness 
> protection. Nothing was done. Mr Kavanaugh brushed it off, saying the 
> Telegraph was behind all this mischief in order to "sell newspapers".*
>
> *When Mr Knowlton appeared at the grand jury – thinking he was doing 
> his civic duty – he says he was subjected to two and a half hours of 
> character assassination by Mr Kavanaugh. There was little attempt to 
> find out what he knew about the Foster death scene.*
>
> *Could it be that the witness was distraught and imagined much of 
> this? Possibly. But Mr Knowlton and his lawyer later filed a federal 
> lawsuit against FBI agents he claimed were working for Brett 
> Kavanaugh, alleging witness tampering and a conspiracy to violate his 
> civil rights. This eventually reached the US District Court in 
> Washington DC. The quixotic case was impossible to prove. Yet it was 
> the action of a man who clearly felt wronged. To this day he blames Mr 
> Kavanaugh personally.*
>
> *Thousands of documents from the Starr probe are still secret. Others 
> are redacted. It is impossible to know whether Mr Kavanaugh was linked 
> to any intimidation or obstruction of justice, but there is no doubt 
> in my mind that he failed to protect the rights of his own grand jury 
> witness.*
>
> *This is not the place to revisit the Foster case, the electric third 
> rail of US politics. But it is worth noting two points that touch on 
> Mr Kavanaugh.*
>
> *Few people are aware that the US federal prosecutor handling the 
> death investigation at the outset, Miquel Rodriguez, had resigned 
> earlier from the Starr investigation after a bitter dispute.*
>
> *His resignation letter – later leaked – said he was prevented from 
> pursuing investigative leads, that FBI witness statements did not 
> reflect what witnesses had said, that the suicide verdict was 
> premature, and that his grand jury probe was shut down just as he was 
> beginning to uncover evidence. An informed source told me his work had 
> been sabotaged by his own FBI agents.*
>
> *US federal prosecutor Miquel Rodriguez*
>
> *The nub of the dispute was over compelling evidence of a wound in 
> Foster's neck, which contradicted the official version that Foster 
> shot himself in the mouth and had essentially been suppressed. The key 
> crime scene photos had vanished and the FBI labs said others were 
> over-exposed and useless.*
>
> *Mr Rodriguez, by then suspicious, slipped them to the Smithsonian 
> Institution and had them enhanced. One showed a black stippled ring 
> like a gunshot wound in the side of Foster's neck. This remains secret 
> but I have seen it.*
>
> *The photo was pivotal. It confirmed what several people who handled 
> the body had originally stated. I interviewed the first rescue worker 
> on the scene and when I asked him about the mouth wound, he grabbed 
> me, and said with frightening intensity: "listen to me buddy, Foster 
> was shot right here," jabbing his finger into my neck. He said the FBI 
> had pressured him too into changing his story and that official 
> narrative was a pack of lies.*
>
> *Mr Kavanaugh's reaction to the findings of his colleague can be found 
> in the stash of released documents from the Starr inquiry. One says in 
> his hand-written notes: "startling discovery", "blew up portions of 
> photo – trauma to the neck on rt side", "appears to be bullet hole".*
>
> *He was presented with a long analysis by Rodriguez that ripped apart 
> the earlier Fiske report and called for an open homicide 
> investigation. This had huge implications for the Clinton presidency 
> and caused an internal crisis in the Starr office. A decision was made 
> to shut down that part of probe. Miquel Rodriguez said he was "forced 
> out". It was the end of the only genuine probe of the Foster death – 
> conducted under oath – that had ever occurred.*
>
> *Mr Kavanaugh faced a choice. He chose to go with the establishment 
> rather than stick up for his colleague. This proved good for his 
> career. He took over the grand jury, by then a legacy showpiece. His 
> treatment of my witness revealed his colours.*
>
> *Mr Kavanaugh went on to write the Starr Report on the Foster death. 
> But Mr Knowlton got the last word, literally. He filed a 511-page 
> report at the US Federal Court with evidence alleging a pattern of 
> skullduggery, and asked that it be attached to the Starr Report.*
>
> *The three top judges did not agree but they ordered that a shorter 
> 20-page version be attached at the end, despite vehement protest from 
> the Starr office. This had never happened before in the history of the 
> office of the independent council.*
>
> *This summary asserts that the FBI had "concealed the true facts", 
> that there had been witness tampering, and that the report had 
> wilfully ignored facts that refuted its own conclusions. There it sits 
> in perpetuity, a strange rebuke for Mr Kavanaugh by his own fellow 
> judges on the federal bench.*
>
> *Ambrose Evans-Pritchard was the Sunday Telegraph's Washington Bureau 
> Chief from 1992 to 1997 Read more by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard*
>
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