Why Both Sides Lost the Kavanaugh Confrontation

Sean Evans, Staff Writer

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in on October 7, 2018, in the White House. The circumstances regarding his confirmation were controversial to say the least. He was accused of sexual assault and harassment by a multitude of women including Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. Then, 65 women who attended Georgetown Preparatory School sign a letter of confidence ensuring the integrity of his character. These accusations put Justice Kavanaugh’s morality in doubt. Following a shallow investigation by the FBI, the confirmation proceeded. This process was rushed by both sides of the political spectrum which caused people to wonder did Kavanaugh sexually assault his accusers.

In regards to the specific details of the FBI investigation, it was without a shadow of a doubt limited by time constraints. The investigation lasted a week and was asked to determine the truth about an event that happened over three decades ago. In the end, the FBI interviewed all of nine people. Including a secondary accuser, Deborah Ramirez, and an alleged accomplice Mark Judge. Neither Ford nor Kavanaugh were interviewed and nobody was interviewed that could attest to the possibility that Brett Kavanaugh lied on the stand. This report paints a picture of a rushed FBI investigation that did more to assuage the doubts of Republican swing votes than to answer the question it was asked.

Following the sweeping #MeToo movement there has been massive support for people involved in cases of sexual assault, harassment, and rape. While finding those guilty of these crimes is important, it is equally important to find people who are wrongly accused. Those who believed Ford’s accusation before an investigation was conducted are acting on emotion rather than logic. This is not to say that Dr. Ford shouldn’t be taken seriously. Ford provided a case that should have been brought into consideration sooner than it was. This is not what happened. Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s insistence to publicly release Ford’s personal information delayed and hindered the judicial process that followed.

Withholding information pertinent to legal proceedings and an investigation that raises serious doubts regarding its effectiveness are both shortcomings of equal magnitude. The divide between those crying about how they believe Dr. Ford and those who couldn’t possibly consider that Brett Kavanaugh’s morality was in question is widened by the shortcomings of both parties. These accusations first arose in July more than 6 months and an FBI investigation later the public is no closer to finding the truth than we were then.