FATAH: For America’s sake, Kavanaugh should step down 

In his latest book, America, The Farwell Tour, Chris Hedges, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former New York Times reporter, predicts that “The American Empire is coming to an end … The death spiral appears unstoppable, meaning the United States as we know it will no longer exist within a decade or, at most, two.”

If the farcical hearings at the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee to appoint Judge Brett Kavanaugh are any indication of the state of affairs in the USA, then Hedges is on to something.

Let me say at the outset, I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Judge Kavanaugh are believable and she does not fit the description of the money-grabbing rogue she has been made out to be.

The real villains are the Democratic Party senators on the Judiciary Committee, including ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein. It is they who give credence to Hedges’ description of America as a decaying society, not Ford or Kavanaugh.

Ford shared her story in strict confidence with Feinstein, the California senator. She did not want a theatre-like public display. All Ford wanted to do was bring the issue to light with as little fuss as possible. But this was too juicy a scandal for Democrats to let go.

Feinstein held on to the Ford’s letter for 60 days, not sharing it with the Committee chair or the rest of the Republican majority. Instead she sat on it and only when the time was right for maximum media exposure, Ford’s letter was leaked.

Then when the Senate Committee offered to travel to California to meet with Ford in private to avoid a public spectacle, her own lawyers refused to share this information with her.

The fact Democrat Sen. Mazie Hirono evaded answering whether the Dems had leaked Ford’s letter indicates foul play.

“Are you confident the Democrats didn’t leak that letter?” host George Stephanopoulos asked Hirono on ABC’s This Week.

“All of these things do not focus on what we should be focusing, which is the credibility of Judge Kavanaugh,” Sen. Hirono responded as she ducked the question.

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There was other evidence that could have been pursued, but no, that issue was not salacious and was left largely untouched. I am referring to Kavanaugh’s calendar entry of July 1, 1982.

Kavanaugh has claimed he does not know Ford. He denies being at a party with her. But his calendar has an entry event in July where he says he was with several long-standing friends, two of whom were named by Ford and one of whom she had been dating.

As Philip Bump of the Washington Post writes: “How could Ford identify by name two of Kavanaugh’s close friends if she didn’t know him or had barely met him? Why isn’t it possible that this July 1 get-together was precisely the sort of event at which Ford alleges she was assaulted That more than remotely fits the allegation?” 

This entry came up as Rachel Mitchell, hired by the Republican majority, was questioning Judge Kavanaugh. She was immediately withdrawn for the rest of the hearing and no Democrat Senator pounced on the lead; they were too busy devouring the Trump nominee to notice they had the glove that fit.

There is only one thing honourable for Judge Kavanaugh to do — step down and move on. Even if he is innocent of the sexual assault charge and is cleared by the FBI, his presence on the U.S. Supreme Court will do irreparable damage to the institution. Author Chris Hedges’ doomsday prediction for America’s future needs to be proven wrong. Kavanaugh can help.

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