Thursday, September 27, 2018

The curtain goes up on Crassley's political theatre this morning

Mourn for America and the death of its democracy. All signs are that today is not a good day for the rule of law.

By the time you read this, 9:00 AM on Thursday 27 September 2018, assuming you track my blog minute by minute, the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the alleged sexual abuse by SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh will have been in session for two hours. If all goes according to the plan worked out by committee chair Sen. Crassley, it might even be over in another couple of hours - at most. Here is why, according to AZBlueMeanie at Blog for Arizona, (Update) A sham hearing and a denial of due process.

Check out the Blue Meanie’s post for citations in the snippets below.

This. Is. Not. Normal.

This is unprecedented for a confirmation hearing.

The eleven privileged white male Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are going to hide behind the skirts of a hired gun female prosecutor to question Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh because they cannot contain their obvious contempt for a woman who is the victim of a sexual assault and express their view that the real victim here is privileged white male Brett Kavanaugh.

So here is where we are, as of today. The eleven privileged white male Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee will abdicate their responsibility of advice and consent under the Constitution and hide behind the skirts of hired gun Rachel Mitchell, a sex crimes prosecutor from the Maricopa County Attorney’s office. Arizona prosecutor tapped to lead hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, accuser.

Washington D.C. has hundreds of former federal U.S. attorneys and state prosecutors working in law firms, so it is a curious decision to hire a county prosecutor from Arizona. It is almost certainly at the recommendation of Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, who was Bret Kanavaugh’s “sherpa” for the confirmation process until he was appointed to the Senate after John McCain died, or by Senator Jeff Flake. Someone should nail this down.

Senators will be limited to five minutes of inquiry apiece. This means Rachel Mitchell will have 55 minutes each with Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh, and Democratic Senators, most of whom are experienced prosecutors, will have 50 minutes.

The committee will not subpoena Mark Judge to testify, whom Dr. Blasey alleges was in the room when she was sexually assaulted and was an accomplice. How in the world is Mark Judge not testifying?

Nor will the committee take testimony from Dr. Blasey’s psychiatrist or the former FBI agent who administered a lie detector test that she passed.

Nor will the committee take testimony from any corroborative or exculpatory witnesses, including Four People Told The Senate That Christine Blasey Ford Told Them She Was Sexually Assaulted In High School.

Nor will the committee take testimony from a second credible accuser, Deborah Ramirez. Lawyer for second Kavanaugh accuser says Republicans refuse to talk.

Nor, Scriber adds, will there be any attempt to investigate claims of the third woman (represented by Michael Avenatti).

There is no desire by Republicans to get at the truth, because it simply does not matter to them: “Even if it’s all true, does it disqualify him?” He is a privileged white male who is entitled.

This is contempt for Senate rules, contempt for due process, contempt for the rule of law, and contempt for women. It is an abuse of power by authoritarian Republicans who are drunk with power.

… Republican senators desperately want to get to “yes” on Kavanaugh’s nomination to appease their GOP crazy base. This despite the fact that a Record number of voters oppose Kavanaugh nomination.

This is not how our democracy is supposed to work.

But with the GOPlins in charge, led by Crassley, there might be a committee vote as soon as tomorrow in spite of this deeply flawed political theatre unfolding as I write. And let’s not forget that Deputy AG Rosenstein meets again with Trump today and may vey well be fired by the time you read this.

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