One of the Entries in Brett Kavanaugh's Calendar Backs Up Christine Blasey Ford's Testimony, But the Republicans Shut the Questioning Down

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh (Photo by Win McNamee and Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images)

Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, maintained he could prove his innocence regarding allegations of sexual assault against him by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford with the calendars he kept as a young man.

Kavanaugh claimed he and his friends never partied during the week in the summer of 1982 since they all worked. However, his calendars showed a different story.


And one month in the summer of 1982 drew quite a bit of interest during the testimony of Kavanaugh. But not enough.

Here's that calendar.

Brett Kavanaugh's annotated calendar from 1982. (Provided by Brett Kavanaugh to the Senate Judiciary Committee)

Dr. Ford stated that the event where Kavanaugh attacked her with Mark Judge's help was a small gathering attended by herself, Kavanaugh, Judge, someone named PJ and a friend of hers, Kavanaugh's and Judge's named Chris Garrett.

And well, what do you know:

One date on Kavanaugh's calendar drew speculation based on Ford's description of events: July 1. Here is a closer look at that entry.

Brett Kavanaugh's annotated calendar from 1982. (Provided by Brett Kavanaugh to the Senate Judiciary Committee)

It says:

"Tobin’s House — Workout / Go to Timmy’s for Skis w/ Judge, Tom, PJ, Bernie, Squi"

Senator Dianne Feinstein tweeted video of Senator Sheldon Whitehouse questioning Kavanaugh about the date:

Rachel Mitchell—hired by the GOP majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee to do their questioning of Ford for them—also did some questioning of Kavanaugh. Until she asked about the July 1, 1982 entry.

The reference to "skis" meant "brewskis", the slang term for beer. The calendar shows this was a weekday gathering involving drinking, something Kavanaugh denied happened that summer.

Part of his defense involved weekends being full of other activities so the gathering Ford described had to be during the week. But his summer weekdays required work so, according to Kavanaugh, no gatherings took place during the week.

The questioning went:

  • MITCHELL: The entry says, and I quote, go to ‘Timmy’s for skis with Judge, Tom, P.J. Bernie and ... Squi?’
  • KAVANAUGH: Squi. It’s a nickname.
  • MITCHELL: To what does this refer, and to whom?
  • KAVANAUGH: [after explaining the "Tobin’s House" part] It looks like we went over to Timmy’s. You want to know their last names, too? I’m happy to do it.
  • MITCHELL: If you could just identify: Is 'Judge' Mark Judge?
  • KAVANAUGH: It is. It’s Tim Gaudette, Mark Judge, Tom Kaine, P.J. Smyth, Bernie McCarthy, Chris Garrett.

Garrett or Squi was Ford's mutual friend with Kavanaugh and Judge. And this informal drinking gathering included a third person Ford named as a witness to her assault, P.J. Smyth.

  • MITCHELL: Did you in your calendar routinely document social gatherings like house parties or gatherings of friends in your calendar?
  • KAVANAUGH: Yes, it certainly appears that way, that’s what I was doing in the summer of 1982. You can see that reflected on several of the-- several of the entries.
  • MITCHELL: If a gathering like Dr. Ford has described had occurred, would you have documented that?
  • KAVANAUGH: Yes, because I documented everything, those kinds of events, even small get-togethers. August 7 is another good example where I documented a small get-together that summer. So yes.

But Mitchell failed to properly follow-up on the July 1 event or ask why Kavanaugh lied previously about gatherings with alcohol never happening during the week in the summer of 1982. Shortly after these questions, Mitchell's Republican employers took over.

  • MITCHELL: Have you reviewed every entry that is in these calendars of May, June, July and August of 1982.
  • KAVANAUGH: I have.
  • MITCHELL: Is there anything that could even remotely fit what we’re talking about in terms of Dr. Ford’s allegations?
  • KAVANAUGH: No.

But people still want answers. 

Many wanted to know why Kavanaugh was not pressed on the entry that matched Ford's description and contradicted Kavanaugh's claims.

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Kavanaugh continues Friday. Then committee chair, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley, can opt to continue the hearing process or call for a vote.

C-SPAN

If you think Fox News is the most loyal network to President Donald Trump, you likely haven't heard of One America News Network, or OAN.

The unabashedly pro-Trump network—largely considered a far-Right fringe outlet—has enjoyed expanded viewership over recent years thanks to glowing reviews from the President.

It's even been added to the prestigious White House press pool.

People were reminded of the network's bizarre Trump-era ascension during Monday's White House press briefing regarding the pandemic that—at the time of this writing—has resulted in over 3,000 deaths across the United States.

OAN's White House correspondent Chanel Rion compared the growing number of deaths from the pandemic to abortion procedures, asking Trump if abortions should be suspended all together.

The question flummoxed Trump himself.

Watch below.

Rion said:

"2,405 Americans have died from [the virus] in the last 60 days. Meanwhile, you have 2,369 children who are killed by their mothers through elective abortions each day. That's 16 and a half thousand children killed every week. Two states have suspended elective abortion to make more resources available...Should more states be doing the same?"

Even Trump seemed confused by the question, and notably didn't wade into the abortion aspect of the question:

"I think what we're doing, we're trying to, as a group ,governors—and that's Republicans and Democrats—we're just working together to solve this problem. What you're mentioning has been going on for a long time and it's a sad event, a lot of sad events in this country. But what we're doing now is working on the virus...and I think we're doing a great job—as good a job as you can possibly do."

People noticed that even Trump—either purposely or otherwise—didn't take the bait from one of his favorite networks.




Rion, who is Asian-American, previously made headlines when she asked Trump—who'd been criticized for describing the virus as "Chinese Virus"—if the phrase "Chinese food" was racist.

Her questions, while satiating viewers who prioritize "owning the libs" over potentially lifesaving information, have only confirmed the degradation of the press corps under the Trump era.




OAN's only redeemable quality? It doesn't claim to be "fair and balanced."


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Alcindor later pointed out that Trump did, in fact, express skepticism that New York was asking for ventilators they didn't need.

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They praised Alcindor for holding him accountable when so many others won't.




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