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Newell: Kavanaugh hearing - all about control

Newell Normand
September 29, 2018 - 3:18 am

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Friday to advance Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate after a day-long hearing featuring Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault, and Kavanaugh himself.

Newell Normand and WWL news director Dave Cohen discussed the hearing. Here are some of Newell's HOT TAKES:

  1. There were no big surprises in the hearing for me.  We knew the accuser would tell her side of the story, and the accused would tell his side.  I did not believe there would be any additional corroborating facts that would make much of a difference.
  2. Keep in mind, the Judiciary Committee was basically satisfying Dr. Ford's request to testify. She decided that was something she wanted to do.  There was no new evidence that was brought to the forefront that would make a difference one way or the other.
  3. A lot of folks say this is a he-said, she-said.  Actually, this is he-he-he-she-said, she-said.  There are four people involved, three of whom say it didn't happen or they don't remember the alleged sexual assault happening. Many other folks on the periphery say they never hung out with Dr. Ford.  The circumstances surrounding the house are murky…not where they would normally frequent.
  4. From an investigative sense, there's more about this that doesn't make sense for Dr. Ford’s side of the story.  That's not to say her story, that something happened, isn't credible, just that this story has no corroborating evidence.
  5. She's provided names of people who've already given sworn statements to the Judiciary Committee, under penalty of felony.  You can't lie to a Congressional committee.  Those statements say they don't have any recollection of this kind of party.

Also, I find it so interesting when I hear people talking about a robust FBI investigation.  You can't make people remember things they don't remember.  All the witnesses are lawyered up now, and those lawyers aren't going to allow their clients to be brow-beat in an interview.  You're not going to get much of an interview, when a witness says they don't remember any of this.  So where do you go from there?

This whole thing is an example of what I've said many, many times.  The best and worst thing about the United States is the two party system.  We can reach compromise when we desire, but it's all about control.  What we're seeing now… with how this has violated all the protocols of the Judiciary Committee…is all about control.

There has been nothing bipartisan about this.  The day President Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh, Senate Democrats said they were going to adamantly oppose this confirmation before hearing one scintilla of information about Kavanaugh.  That's not the notion of Constitutional advise and consent.

This was always going to break upon party lines.  It's how it started, and it's how it's going to end.  Anyone on that committee who says it's not about politics is being disingenuous, dishonest, and hypocritical.

Listen to all of Newell and Dave's conversation below.

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