Cotton Leads GOP Justice Fight

Cotton Leads GOP Justice Fight

October 02, 2018

The only bars liberals seem preoccupied with are the ones Brett Kavanaugh visited in college. But Senate Democrats may want to focus on a bar of another kind: the Washington, D.C. Bar. According to Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), that's the investigation Americans should be watching. Because, unlike the FBI's seventh trip through Brett Kavanaugh's past, the Bar Association could prove who's actually lying. And as far as he's concerned, it's not who the media thinks it is.

"Just look at the timeline that came to light during the hearing last week," Senator Cotton told me on Monday's "Washington Watch." "Shortly after Miss Ford went to Dianne Feinstein, what happened? They recommended that she hire a left-wing attorney from Washington, D.C. to represent her. Attorneys who then went on to lie to Ms. Ford, apparently -- because she testified last week that she didn't know the Judiciary Committee had offered to fly to California to interview her. And that if she had known that, she would have accepted the offer, rather than go through the circus the Democrats put her through." Dr. Ford has been just as abused and exploited by the Left as Kavanaugh, he insists. "They betrayed her." Remember, he points out, "Ms. Ford said all along that she didn't want her allegations to be made public."

Like a lot of Republicans, Cotton was shocked to find out that Dr. Ford hadn't been told about the Judiciary Committee's offer to meet with her privately in California. "If you were gonna come out to see me, I would have happily hosted you and would have been happy to speak to you out there. It wasn't clear to me that that was the case." If Dr. Ford's attorneys lied to her, hoping to turn this into a public spectacle that hurt Kavanaugh, that's a violation of the D.C. Bar.

And that's not the only time Democrats took advantage of Dr. Ford, Cotton insisted. What most people don't understand is that there's a well-established procedure for allegations like hers. The two senior members of the committee -- in this case, Republican Chuck Grassley (Iowa) and Democrat Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) -- work with the FBI to review the matter quietly. "I can tell you, Tony, it happens all the time -- hundreds of times for all of the nominees that are vetted. And it's not uncommon for the FBI to discover something in a nominee's background like abuse or a drinking problem or a gambling problem. And the nominee will frequently withdraw -- and do so discreetly..."

"Let's just remember what happened here," Senator Cotton went on. "Ms. Ford sent a letter, confidentially, to Dianne Feinstein in late July raising these allegations... Dianne Feinstein hid it from Chuck Grassley, she hid it from the FBI. She and Chuck Schumer kept it in their back pocket until after Judge Kavanaugh's hearing, until after they had a private session to ask about any sensitive matters, and then linked it to the media right before the vote -- solely to try to torpedo his nomination. The media got it, and only Dianne Feinstein and the Democratic congresswoman from California and their staffs had it, so it had to come from them somehow. And I think Congress needs to get to the bottom of it."

In the meantime, voters in battleground states aren't going easy on Democrats. At the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival on Sunday, Senator Joe Manchin (D) got an earful from locals, who made it clear: "If you don't vote for him, I won't vote for you." "I get that a lot," Manchin said. Another yelled, "Vote Kavanaugh!" and Manchin insisted, "I hear you." If he doesn't, he'll almost certainly hear the polls, which showed just how potent the issue is. West Virginia voters are solidly in Kavanaugh's camp, supporting his confirmation by a 30-point margin (58 percent to 28). Out in North Dakota, Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D) is feeling the heat of the Kavanaugh nomination, as Republican challenger Kevin Cramer continues to surge ahead, now with as much as a 10-percent lead.

The numbers follow the trend in Missouri, where red-state Democrat Claire McCaskill is watching her advantage melt away in the firestorm of the Kavanaugh hearings. Like a lot of Americans, they understand what the debate about the courts is all about. That's why the issue topped the social conservatives' list of concerns in 2016. They know the Left will use the court as a hammer to beat the country into submission on views that are too radical and unpopular to survive democratically.

Most voters agree with Senator Cotton, who knows what the Left is interested in -- and it isn't the truth. "They don't want to get to the facts, they don't want to reach a reasonable conclusion. They want to destroy Brett Kavanaugh and keep the president from filling this vacancy on the Supreme Court."

Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.

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