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Judiciary Committee Unwilling to Ask Questions At Their Own Potemkin Hearing

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Republicans have indeed learned something from the Anita Hill hearings — i.e. try to put better optics on a process that has zero interest in determining whether serious, credible allegations are true:

Senate Republicans have hired a female attorney to use as a questioner of Christine Blasey Ford at Thursday’s high-stakes hearing on a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh but are declining to release her name.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told POLITICO on Tuesday that “we aren’t announcing the name for her safety.” Asked if Republicans have received any indication of threats to the attorney they’re preparing to use, Grassley said: “I don’t know, but I guess we’re just being cautious.”

Republicans says only Grassley knows the identity of the new counsel and isn’t telling anyone.

The GOP’s secrecy immediately came under fire from Senate Democrats, who mockingly pointed out that all 11 Republicans on the Judiciary Committee are men.
Senate Republicans have hired a female attorney to use as a questioner of Christine Blasey Ford at Thursday’s high-stakes hearing on a sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh but are declining to release her name.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) told POLITICO on Tuesday that “we aren’t announcing the name for her safety.” Asked if Republicans have received any indication of threats to the attorney they’re preparing to use, Grassley said: “I don’t know, but I guess we’re just being cautious.”

Republicans says only Grassley knows the identity of the new counsel and isn’t telling anyone.

The GOP’s secrecy immediately came under fire from Senate Democrats, who mockingly pointed out that all 11 Republicans on the Judiciary Committee are men.

But at least they will leave plenty of time to consider and investigate questions come up…

The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, according to a notice sent out by the panel.

The committee will choose whether to approve Kavanaugh’s nomination fewer than 24 hours after Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford appear before the panel to discuss Ford’s allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 30 years ago.

This is a disgraceful farce, a pro forma hearing intended to provide cover to Collins, Flake et al. and their inevitable yes votes. It is a grave insult to Dr. Blasey Ford, and that one of the primary goals of confirming Kavanuagh is to diminish the rights of American women makes it even worse. Since I appended it late, I’ll allow Paul to sum it up again:

The Republican position is that Brett Kavanaugh deserves due process, and that due process requires that there be an immediate vote after a sham hearing with only one witness other than the nominee. Otherwise lots of other false allegations could surface in the meantime, and that wouldn’t be fair to an innocent man now, would it?

…this sums it up nicely:

Republicans simply do not care whether it’s true that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted women in his youth.

Tactically, there are tells. They tried to speed up the process rather than slow it down when they learned there were more allegations against him. They’ve resisted calling relevant witnesses to testify. And they haven’t seen fit to take liberals’ advice and swap him out for another equally conservative nominee.

But the real way you know they don’t care isn’t the tactics surrounding the Kavanaugh nomination — it’s the key role played in it by White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Bill Shine.

Shine was available to go work in the White House since he was forced to resign in disgrace last year from his job as co-president of Fox News because he’d been named in too many lawsuits as an abettor of the multiple, large-scale sexual harassment allegations at the company.

If the White House or the Republican Party as a whole had any actual interest in the question of Kavanaugh’s factual guilt or innocence, they wouldn’t let Shine come within a thousand miles of the fight.

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