Kavanaugh

Christine Ford’s accusations against Brett Kavanaugh rocked Washington.

But she has a problem on her hands.

She got caught making a statement that doesn’t add up and it could ruin her credibility for good.

Christine Ford’s Testimony

The Senate released the text of Ford’s opening statement.

In her testimony, she claimed one her life-long female friends, Leland Ingham, was at the party where Kavanaugh allegedly tried to rape her.

She testified:

There were four boys I remember being there: Brett Kavanaugh, Mark Judge, P.J. Smyth, and one other boy whose name I cannot recall. I remember my friend Leland Ingham attending. I do not remember all of the details of how that gathering came together, but like many that summer, it was almost surely a spur of the moment gathering. I truly wish I could provide detailed answers to all of the questions that have been and will be asked about how I got to the party, where it took place, and so forth. I don’t have all the answers, and I don’t remember as much as I would like to. But the details about that night that bring me here today are ones I will never forget. They have been seared into my memory and have haunted me episodically as an adult.

Ford’s testimony, however, contradicts Ingham’s submitted sworn statement that she had never attended any parties where Kavanaugh was present.

Furthermore, she said – under penalty of perjury – that she did not even know Kavanaugh.

That shoots a huge hole in Ford’s story.

Kavanaugh Responds

The Senate also released Kavanaugh’s opening statement.

He strongly denied any wrongdoing.

Kavanaugh testified:

Over the past few days, other false and uncorroborated accusations have been aired. There has been a frenzy to come up with something—anything, no matter how far-fetched or odious—that will block a vote on my nomination. These are last minute smears, pure and simple. They debase our public discourse. And the consequences extend beyond any one nomination. Such grotesque and obvious character assassination—if allowed to succeed—will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country.

As I told this Committee the last time I appeared before you, a federal judge must be independent, not swayed by public or political pressure. That is the kind of judge I am and will always be. I will not be intimidated into withdrawing from this process. This effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out. The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out. I am here this morning to answer these allegations and to tell the truth. And the truth is that I have never sexually assaulted anyone—not in high school, not in college, not ever.

Kavanaugh’s nomination rests on whether the Senate finds his denials believable and credible.

We will keep you up to date with any breaking news in this ongoing story.