The New York Times was forced to make a major revision to an article concerning allegation of sexual assault by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, mere hours after nearly every Democratic presidential candidate used the article as a ticket to board the “Impeach Kavanaugh” train.
The news also comes right after Debra Katz, the progressive lawyer who represented Christine Blasey Ford during the Kavanaugh confirmation media circus, claimed that Ford was motivated to come forward so that Kavanaugh’s reputation could be marked with a shameful “asterisk” before he could start ruling on abortion-related cases.
The NYT’s “bombshell article” claimed that Kavanaugh pushed his penis into the hand of a classmate during a party at Yale. However, the information came from a soon-to-be published book, and the individual labeled as the victim told friends that she did not recall the incident.
Regardless, the article was utilized by multiple candidates pushing for activist causes in order to get votes for the election.
“The revelations today confirm what we already knew: During his hearing, Kavanaugh faced credible accusations and likely lied to Congress,” said Bernie Sanders. “I support any appropriate constitutional mechanism to hold him accountable.”
Kamala Harris also chimed in, calling the Supreme Court Justice a liar.
“I sat through those hearings,” Harris wrote on Twitter. “Brett Kavanaugh lied to the U.S. Senate and most importantly to the American people. He was put on the Court through a sham process and his place on the Court is an insult to the pursuit of truth and justice. He must be impeached.”
According to Fox News, it was Mollie Hemingway, a writer for The Federalist, who first noticed the discrepancy after reading an advanced copy of the book and urged other pundits to address the NYT’s oversight.
The Times article, written by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, claimed that nonprofit CEO Max Stier “saw Mr. Kavanaugh with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party, where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student.”
However, the article failed to note that Stier was once a Clinton defense attorney who had battled with Kavanaugh in the legal field during the Whitewater investigation.
“The book notes, quietly, that the woman Max Stier named as having been supposedly victimized by Kavanaugh and friends denies any memory of the alleged event,” Hemingway tweeted. “Seems, I don’t know, significant.”
“Crazy how the ‘one element’ that wasn’t included in the original article was the part where the alleged victim’s friends said she doesn’t remember it happening,” added Washington Examiner writer Jerry Dunleavy.
The FBI investigated several allegations of misconduct regarding Kavanaugh, but never found any witness corroboration or evidence.
Meanwhile, Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, was quoted in the new book in what might be a major factor in why Ford came forward with the allegations.
“In the aftermath of these hearings, I believe that Christine’s testimony brought about more good than the harm misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanaugh on the court,” Katz said. “He will always have an asterisk next to his name. When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade, we will know who he is, we know his character, and we know what motivates him, and that is important. It is important that we know, and that is part of what motivated Christine.”
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