Was there something more Ford wanted to tell the FBI that she couldn't tell the Senate? What's the basis of this complaint?
The Senate are not trained to interrogate. There are also names of people who may have information that can come from their questioning that would not be relevant to bring up during the senate hearing. She also wanted help to find out Mike Judge's work schedule at the time, etc. They should have also interviewed Kavanaugh. Especially after he was adamant about avoiding an FBI investigation whenever he was asked.
Several people have confirmed that Devil's Triangle was a drinking game both at Kavanaugh's school and also by people who say Kavanaugh taught him the game.
And if you think they're all lying, I'll remind you that the term was used several times in that yearbook. And then I'll also remind you that this was the early-80s and we're talking about a bunch of boys at a prep school. Now, do you think it's likely that there was a ton of guys at Kavanaugh's school that yelled out to the world that they liked to get naked with other dudes?
The devil's triangle perjury is wishful thinking.
And several of Kavanaugh's classmates have also said that Devil's Triangle WAS about sex, and that they're shocked he lied about it, etc. Including his former roommate.
“I was shocked when I heard that. Those words were commonly used, and they were references to sexual activities,” Roche said. “If you think about the context in which you might hear those words, the way that he described them and the way that they are defined, they are not interchangeable. I heard them talk about it regularly.”
And a New York Times editor wrote:
Based on extensive interviews by me and @katekelly with Kavanaugh's former Georgetown Prep classmates, what he just said about the meanings of "boofed" and "Devil's Triangle" is not true.
If Devil's Triangle was commonly known as a sexual reference, as we know it is, then according to Kavanaugh he just threw out a common sexual reference in his yearbook, without any context, under a list of his accomplishments, but was actually referring to a drinking game. You buy that?
I don't know about you, but I wouldn't just write "69" in my yearbook as an accomplishment with no further context, unless I wanted people to think I was referring to the sexual position.
Boys at prep schools partied with girls on the weekends, so they can make sexual references all they want. And Boofing is not flatulence. And Renate Alumni is not referring to "something nice" about her. Anyone reading that sentence without any additional context would obviously assume it meant they hooked up. Which is exactly what she did when she found out about it. And there's no way Kavanaugh didn't realize that when he wrote it. Complete BS.
He definitely lied under oath.
The two charges of perjury that Democrats had previously been making were specious at best and relied on reading individual sentences instead of the broader scope of the answers. For example, in one Kavanaugh said he wasn't handling Pickering's nomination. Democrats found an email where he talked about the Pickering nomination.
Aha right!? Well, no. Kavanaugh, in his original testimony went on to say that he was somewhat involved and may even have participated in a mock hearing with him. "Handling" meant more that Pickering was his judge.
Aside, Pickering was falsely accused of racism by Democrats. So smearing a person's good name for political reasons is an old game for Democrats.
Same thing with the other one involving Democrats having their emails leaked. Democrats actually knew this back when Kavanaugh was first confirmed as a Circuit judge, but didn't even accuse him of perjury back then, not because they didn't have documents, but because it was a ridiculous charge as it didn't contradict his full statement.
BTW, those leaked Democrat emails? Well, they showed Democrats getting together to deny a Latino a judgeship specifically because they were afraid that he'd become the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. The method they decided to use? Well, they just kept demanding documents be released until the Bush administration had to exert executive privilege, and then Democrats made him (Miguel Estrada) the first nominee ever killed by a filibuster.
Yeah, Democrats have been playing the game of making unreasonable demands for documents and then using it as an excuse for killing a nominee as well. It's a favorite strategy.
The senate wanted to know Kavanaugh's involvement with Pickering's nomination. Aside from claiming Pickering wasn't one of the nominees he was handling, when asked to identify which nominees he had worked on “in any capacity”, he named six appeals court nominees, “among others,” he had aided in the confirmation process, such as by “reviewing nomination paperwork and preparing for hearings,” and did not include Judge Pickering.
However, when a room was being reserved for a Pickering event, it was Judge Kavanaugh who was consulted. When the White House press office needed materials about Judge Pickering, it was Judge Kavanaugh who asked the Justice Department for the files and relayed them. When a senator’s chief of staff was coming to the White House to discuss Judge Pickering and another nominee, it was Judge Kavanaugh who planned to meet with her.
It certainly looks like he was quite involved, but mislead the senate with his answers.
And in May 2003, another White House official told Judge Kavanaugh that she had “asked for the Pickering package they are distributing” and was “sending it your way to review.” When he asked whom “they” referred to, she replied: “The Pickering team. Chip, Chip’s COS and whoever else they are using. You should know them” — adding “hehe.” (Judge Pickering’s son, Charles Pickering, known as Chip, was a Republican congressman at the time, and COS means “chief of staff.”)
Anyway, I'm not a judge. My point was that this was under process of investigation in the D.C. circuit. But the GOP did not care about the conclusion of an investigation pertaining to potential perjury for a supreme court nominee.
They should just have picked someone else when these things surfaced. Niel Gorsich was not under investigation for perjury, sexual assault, and sexual misconduct.