Severino: Latest Kavanaugh claims shameful attempt to reignite baseless smears


JOB WELL-DONE. KATIE: THANK YOU, STEVE. TO THE BIG STORY TODAY, “THE NEW YORK TIMES” MAKING A MAJOR REVISION TO ITS LATEST REPORT ABOUT ANOTHER SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS AGAINST SUPREME COURT JUSTICE BRET TODAY GNAW. HE UPDATED STORY. THE FEMALE STUDENT INVOLVED, QUOTE, DECLINED TO BE INTERVIEWED. FRIEND SAY SHE DOES NOT RECALL THE INCIDENT. THE PIECE CLAIMED JUSTICE KAVANAUGH EXPOSED HIMSELF AT A PARTY BACK IN COLLEGE. BRIAN: SIMILAR TO A STORY THAT DEBORAH RAMIREZ SAID WAS NOT ABLE TO BE VALIDATED. SEVERAL OUTLETSES REPORTED ALLEGATION AND SEVERAL 2020 DEMOCRATS PUSHED TO IMPEACH THE JUSTICE. CHIEF COUNSEL, POLICY DIRECTOR AT JUDICIAL CRISIS, NETWORK I SHOULD SAY, COAUTHOR OF “JUSTICE ON TRIAL,” A LOOK AT THE KAVANAUGH CASE. CARRIE SEVERINO. THIS WAS EXCERPT ABOUT A BOOK CAME OUT. WHAT WAS YOUR TAKE ABOUT THE ALLEGATIONS PRINTED IN THE OPINION PIECE?>>I HAD A CHANCE TO READ THE WHOLE BOOK COVER TO COVER. THERE WAS NO CORROBORATION OF FORD ALLEGATIONS, A MERE REDS ALLEGATIONS, SWETNICK ALLEGATIONS COMING IN. THEY DIDN’T FIND ANYTHING NEW. THEY PEDALING NEW ALLEGATIONS REPORTED TO SENATE DEMOCRATS AT TIME. THEY WERE SO WEAK EVEN THE INCREDIBLY INCREDULOUS SENATE STAFFERS DID NOT FOLLOW UP ON THEM. THEY LEFT OUT THINGS IN “THE NEW YORK TIMES” COVERAGE OF THE PIECE, THAT THE VERY WOMAN ALLEGED TO HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN THESE ALLEGATIONS HERSELF SAYS, SHE DOESN’T REMEMBER THEM. SO THIS IS THE WEAKEST OF THE WEAK TYPE OF ALLEGATIONS. IT IS REALLY A SHAMEFUL ATTEMPT TO REIGNITE THESE SMEARS AGAINST JUDGE KAVANAUGH THAT ARE UTTERLY BASELESS. KATIE: CARRIE, THE INCONVENIENT FACTS ABOUT JUSTICE KAVANAUGH HAVE BEEN IGNORED. AT COMMITTEE HEARING THE SENATE CAME OUT WITH 400 PAGE REPORT, THE INVESTIGATION CHASING DOWN LEADS, DOING NUMBER OF INTERVIEWS, THEY ACTUALLY FOUND NO EVIDENCE THAT CORROBORATED ANY OF THE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST JUSTICE KAVANAUGH BUT DID FIND A NUMBER OF WITNESSES REFUTING THE ALLEGATIONS THAT HAD BEEN MADE.>>ABSOLUTELY. IT IS INTERESTING, IT BURIED IN THE BOOK ARE EVEN CORROBORATION OF SOME OF THE SAME THINGS WE FOUND IN “JUSTICE ON TRIAL.” HOW CONCERNED LELAND KAISER WAS AFTER LOOKING BACK AT CHRISTINE BLASEY FORD’S ALLEGATIONS SAYING, THIS DOESN’T ADD UP. THERE IS A LOT OF THINGS, THEY JUST KIND OF BRUSH OVER LIKE THE FACT THAT PEOPLE NOT ONLY DON’T CORROBORATE THINGS BUT UNDERCUT THE ALLEGATIONS. THE FACT THAT DEMOCRATS ARE USING THIS TO CALL FOR IMPEACHMENT, TO CALL FOR MORE INVESTIGATIONS, REALLY THIS STRIKES ME AS A POLITICAL ATTEMPT HERE BY LIBERALS IN GENERAL. THEY WANT TO INTIMIDATE THE COURT. THEY WANT TO INTIMIDATE JUSTICE KAVANAUGH. I DON’T THINK IT SHOULD WORK. BRIAN: YOUR BOOK BECAME A BEST-SELLER THERE WAS SUCH THOROUGHNESS, IT WAS REPORTING NOT OPINION. THIS GUY MAX STIER? WHO IS HE? HE IS LAWYER FROM WASHINGTON BUT REMEMBERS THE STORY BUT THE ACCUSER DOESN’T REMEMBER THE STORY. WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS GUY?>>RIGHT. THEY DON’T MENTION THAT MAX STIER, WHO THEY PRESENT AS JUST A NEUTRAL THOUGHT LEADER IN WASHINGTON, HE ACTUALLY WORKED FOR BILL CLINTON BACK WHEN HE WAS DEFENDING HIM AGAINST THE LEWINSKY SCANDAL. THAT IS WHEN BRETT KAVANAUGH ON THE OTHER SIDE. THESE GUYS GO WAY BACK. THEY HAVE A LONG RUNNING FEUD, RIGHT? OF COURSE THERE IS MOTIVE HERE. ON TOP OF WHICH, THE STORY DOESN’T EVEN HAVE HIM CORROBORATING THAT HE PASSED AROUND THIS GOSSIP, NOT TO MENTION THAT THE ALLEGED WOMAN AGAIN DOESN’T SEEM TO BELIEVE IT HERSELF. THIS IS THE MOST EXTREME HEARSAY AND GOSSIP THAT IS BEING PEDALED AROUND AS AN ATTEMPTED TO SMEAR KAVANAUGH FURTHER. KATIE: PEDAL LAG OF HEARSAY AN GOSSIP, CAN YOU TALK ABOUT THE MEDIA ROLL GOING BACK TO LAST YEAR WHEN JUSTICE KAVANAUGH WAS ANNOUNCED WITH HIS NOMINATION, REALLY WHAT THEY HAVE DONE TO PUBLISH ALLEGATIONS WITHOUT ANY KIND OF HE HAVE, INCLUDING OVER THE WEEKEND?>>THIS IS KIND OF A CASE IN POINT OF UNFORTUNATELY WHAT WE’VE SEEN IS A PATTERN IN SOME OF THE MEDIA WHERE YOU AN ALLEGATION THAT THEY THROW OUT THERE, IT’S A BOMBSHELL, NEW EXCITING INFORMATION. WHEN YOU START DIGGING DEEPER, TURNS OUT THEY KNEW ALL ALONG THERE WERE A LOT OF HOLES THAT THEY KIND OF BRUSHED OVER AND DIDN’T TALK ABOUT. SOME CASES WE REVEAL IN “JUSTICE ON TRIAL,” THEY KNEW OTHER PEOPLE REFUTED THINGS, THEY CHOSE NOT TO INCLUDE THAT INFORMATION IN THEIR STORIES. THAT IS A REAL CONCERN. IT, WE DON’T KNOW THE FULL STORY. THAT PEOPLE’S REPUTATIONS ARE BEING TRASHED, ARE BEING DAMAGED IRREPARABLY BASED ON ABSOLUTELY UNCORROBORATED INFORMATION. YOU CAN’T JUST RUN WITH THIS. OF COURSE, YOU KNOW THE POLITICIANS ARE HAPPY TO GO HAND IN HAND WITH IT. THEY ARE JUST WILLING TO DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO UNDERMINE THE EXCELLENT JUDGES THAT THIS PRESIDENT HAS BEEN PUTTING UP. THAT’S A SHAME. BRIAN: YOU HAVE GOT TO WONDER IF THERE IS ANOTHER SUPREME COURT JUSTICE UP FOR NOMINATION, SAY NOT WORTH IT FOR ME AND MY FAMILY. NOT WORTH IT. NOT THAT THE PAY INCREASED THAT MUCH. IF YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE YOUR FAMILY DRAGGED THROUGH LIKE THIS, THIS IS WITH THE ENTIRE REPUBLICAN PARTY IN YOUR, BACKING YOU UP FROM THE BUSH SECTOR TO THE TRUMP SECTOR, AND STILL HE WAS UNPROTECTED ABOUT ALL THIS. CARRIE, THAT IS WHY YOUR BOOK IS

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