[Rushtalk] Reports: Kavanaugh Has Found 1982 Calendar, Detailed Entries Help Clear His Name

Carl Spitzer {C Juno} cwsiv at juno.com
Tue Oct 16 09:27:56 MDT 2018


Reports: Kavanaugh Has Found 1982 Calendar, Detailed Entries Help Clear
His Name 
By Benjamin Arie 
September 23, 2018 at 5:26pm Print

The last-minute attempt to derail Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation as the
next Supreme Court justice has just hit a serious snag.

Facing damaging but almost completely unsubstantiated claims that he
acted improperly with a girl back when he was a teenager, the
conservative nominee has dug into his personal archives to defend
himself.

Up until now, the vague accusations made by Christine Blasey Ford had
only resulted in a “he said, she said” stalemate. Liberals insisted that
Blasey Ford’s story of a bad encounter at a drunken party be believed,
while conservatives have pointed out that the nearly 40-year-old claim
is impossible to verify.

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Finally, Kavanaugh has presented tangible evidence that the accusation
doesn’t hold up.

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that the judge has found old
calendars from the period when the unproven groping allegedly took place
— and they appear to support his claim that the incident didn’t happen.

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“Kavanaugh has calendars from the summer of 1982 that he plans to hand
over to the Senate Judiciary Committee that do not show a party
consistent with the description of his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford,”
explained The Times.

“The calendar pages from June, July and August 1982, which were examined
by The New York Times, show that Judge Kavanaugh was out of town much of
the summer at the beach or away with his parents,” the newspaper
continued.

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“When he was at home, the calendars list his basketball games, movie
outings, football workouts and college interviews. A few parties are
mentioned but include names of friends other than those identified by
Dr. Blasey.”

Here is perhaps the biggest nail in the coffin for Blasey Ford’s
already-flimsy story: The calendar contains entries for parties, but
none of the names included in those entries match the names Blasey Ford
listed.



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That any names were included in his calendar entries for parties shows
Kavanaugh was remarkably thorough about recording his social schedule.

That fact is yet another point in favor of Kavanaugh and against his
accuser. The woman behind the claim has admitted that she can recall
almost nothing specific about the incident, including its location,
time, or other people involved.

The few names brought up by Blasey Ford have refuted her story and
indicated that they don’t remember a party with both her and Kavanaugh.

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“Mr. (Mike) Judge has told the Judiciary Committee that he remembered no
such incident and had never seen Judge Kavanaugh behave in such a way,”
explained The Times, referring to one alleged witness of the drunken
party.

“The only other two people identified as being in the house at the time,
but not the bedroom, have also said in recent days that they did not
recall the incident. Patrick J. Smyth said he did not remember such a
party or see any improper conduct by Judge Kavanaugh.”

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“Leland Keyser, a former classmate of Dr. Blasey’s at Holton-Arms,
said she did not know Judge Kavanugh or remember being at a party with
him,” stated the newspaper.

Accusations of this type are of course serious, and conducting due
diligence is part of the vetting process for anyone nominated for a
powerful position.

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There comes a point, however, when weak and impossible to prove
allegations need to be put to rest. Blasey Ford may genuinely believe
that something like the incident she described did happen; she may be
telling the truth about a teenage trauma affecting her for decades, too.

The problem is that there is zero evidence it was Brett Kavanaugh who
did what she claims, and no way short of a time machine to prove her
accusations.

By all accounts, Kavanaugh has been a responsible and thoughtful family
man and legal scholar for the entirety of his adult life — and that
record needs to stand far above one person’s increasingly shaky claim.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly claimed that
Judge Kavanaugh’s 1982 calendar does not contain any names identified in
Christine Blasey Ford’s claim against Kavanaugh. The calendar does
reference Mike Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh and, according to Blasey
Ford, a witness to the alleged assault. Judge’s name, however, is not
mentioned in reference to any parties, while other names are — none of
which have been identified by Blasey Ford. We apologize for the mistake.

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read
our editorial standards.


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