“RADICAL ANTI-KAVANAUGH ACTIVISTS”
by Sharon Rondeau
In a column on Saturday, Sperry connected a number of dots which could lead the reader to conclude that Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and her associates are playing a major role in derailing Kavanaugh’s confirmation along with the outside groups.
Several months ago, a Feinstein aide and former Hillary Clinton press secretary formed a new organization with the intention of defeating anyone Trump might nominate to the high court, Sperry reported.
“Protest-training” sessions for the “radical anti-Kavanaugh activists” will be held for those arriving in the nation’s capital, Sperry tweeted, with their base of operations reported as St. Stephens of Incarnation Church.
A vote on Kavanaugh is as yet uncertain given that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford last Sunday accused him of sexual assault at a pool party where each was allegedly present 36 years ago during their high school years. Blasey and Kavanaugh attended separate private schools in the Washington, DC area. Kavanaugh is now 53 and Blasey 51.
On September 12, Feinstein announced that she was in possession of a letter from an individual who wished to maintain her anonymity and not go forward with her accusation of sexual assault by Kavanaugh. However, Feinstein gave the letter to the FBI and asked for an investigation.
After the FBI provided the letter to the White House for its file on Kavanaugh, the FBI said it would not investigate the matter.
Last Sunday, Ford, who has a doctorate in psychology and is a California university professor, outed herself as the accuser in an article at The Washington Post. She reportedly Had called the newspapers tip line in early July when Kavanaugh’s name was floated as one of Trump’s possible nominations. She reportedly provided partial notes from a 2012 session with a therapist wherein she allegedly related the sexual assault. According to The Post, Kavanaugh’s name was not mentioned.
Wrangling between Ford’s “legal team” began in earnest on Tuesday night after more than 36 hours of silence from lead attorney Debra Katz, who told CNN early Monday morning that her client wished to testify publicly as to her claims. A date of Monday, September 24 had been set for Ford and Kavanaugh to testify which Katz said her client could not attend.
On Saturday night, a “tentative” agreement was reportedly reached between Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley and Katz for Ford to testify on Thursday, although up through Friday evening, Thursday had been off the table as far as Grassley was concerned.
At approximately midnight from Friday to Saturday morning, Grassley issued a series of tweets in which he despaired that he was “playing 2nd trombone” to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer. Nevertheless, he granted another extension to Katz which then went past the 2:30 PM Saturday deadline for an agreement to be reached given media reports on Saturday night.
On Sunday morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Twitter feed provides no update or even an announcement of a “tentative agreement.”
On Saturday, commentator and radio host Dan Bongino predicted that next week in Washington will “get very ugly.“