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Big little lies


The more I think about it, the more I’m convinced that Brett Kavanaugh probably lied under oath about one particular story that, unlike the rest of his probable false claims, can be proven or disproven beyond a reasonable doubt.

In 2016, Kavanaugh had between $60,000 and $200,000 credit card debt.  In sworn written testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, he claimed this debt was the product of a baseball ticket exchange pool he participated in with various friends:

In explaining the debt to members of the committee, Kavanaugh noted that he is a “huge sports fan” and said that he bought four season tickets annually from the Nationals’ arrival in Washington in 2005 until 2017. He also bought playoff packages in 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

He split the tickets with a “group of old friends” through a “ticket draft” at his home, Kavanaugh said.

“Everyone in the group paid me for their tickets based on the cost of the tickets, to the dollar,” Kavanaugh said in the written responses to the Senate Judiciary Committee that were made public Wednesday. “No one overpaid or underpaid me for tickets. No loans were given in either direction.”

This explanation makes absolutely no sense on its face.  First, how does buying four season tickets per year for twelve years (2005-2016) result in at least $60,000 of current credit card debt as of 2016, especially since, per Kavanaugh’s account, he’s only supposed to be paying for a small part of the cost of these tickets, since they are being split via a ticket draft?

Second, Kavanaugh’s explanation for the sudden disappearance of his credit card debt in 2017 is that his friends paid him back. Paid him back for what? For their share of the cost of the tickets that Kavanaugh had been charging to his credit cards since 2005? Again, that’s just preposterous on its face.  If you’re in this kind of ticket sharing arrangement, you’re going to be expected to cover your share of the costs up front, not up to twelve years later!

Third, who exactly are these “friends?” Do they perchance have names, current addresses, and functioning phone numbers? Are any of them lawyers? And/or people who belong to organizations that had legal business before the DC Court of Appeals between 2005 and 2016?  And are they going to confirm — under oath naturally — Kavanaugh’s remarkable story about how he loaned them tens of thousands of dollars for years, before they all suddenly decided to pay him back at the same time?

The critical point about this story is that, unlike the stories Kavanaugh told about how totally didn’t sexually assault anyone or drink until he passed out etc., it is very easily confirmable via straightforward financial documentation.  Let’s see those credit card bills!  And let’s learn the names of the people who supposedly were given multi-year five figure no-interest loans from a sitting federal appeals court judge.

Now there’s an obvious explanation for why Kavanaugh wasn’t required to actually provide any documentation for his outlandish story by the committee, which is that the committee is currently controlled by people who are more than happy to let Kavanaugh lie his ass off about whatever he wanted to lie about. Which may very well explain why he thought he could get away with telling what would be a particularly outrageous lie, given how easy it would be to uncover.

If Democrats take the House next month, one of the first orders of business should be to force Kavanaugh to formally document the veracity of this eminently easy to document narrative.  If he starts burbling about “separation of powers” to explain why he just can’t comply with a subpoena, we’ll have our answer right then and there.

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