The FBI is going to spend this week following up on a background check that has already been completed, thanks to some last-minute cowardice on the part of Republican Senators Jeff Flake and Lisa Murkowski. The idea is that, by some miracle, having the big, bad FBI interview the same witnesses who have already talked to the press about their experiences 36 years ago, we’re going to learn some new…something…that will suddenly convince Democrats that Brett Kavanaugh is the right man for the Supreme Court. Which is patently ridiculous, because the Democrats have done nothing but show that they care not one WHIT for truth and justice; their ONLY mission is to delay and obstruct this nominee…and, of course, fundraise off the whole sordid debacle.
Be that as it may, Trump signed off on the investigation, and so here we go. That’s fine. Placate the Democrats and reward them for this disgusting display of partisan politics. What could go wrong? But while the FBI is looking into the he-said-she-said drama that unfolded on Thursday, they should also investigate something of perhaps even greater importance: Who was it that leaked Christine Blasey Ford’s name to the media in the first place?
One of the only demands that Ford made in her letter to her congresswoman was that her anonymity be kept intact. For months, both her identity and the fact that an accusation was made against Kavanaugh at all were, indeed, kept under wraps. All that changed the day after Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing ended when we first got a report that Sen. Dianne Feinstein had turned an accusatory letter over to the FBI. It was an October Surprise in late September, and the weekend wasn’t over before Christine Ford’s name was in headlines all over the country.
Now, to be clear, it was Ford herself who “outed” herself once the content of her letter became the subject of media reports and speculation. But that still doesn’t explain why or how the media became aware of the letter to begin with. Dianne Feinstein insists that she was not responsible for the leak, but then, she would say that. This wouldn’t be the first time Feinstein went around Senate rules to leak material to the public. Not even the first time this year, in fact.
Sen. Lindsey Graham was tarred and feathered by liberals for saying that Ford “was as much a victim in all of this as” Kavanaugh, but he’s absolutely right. She chose to come forward, but she didn’t choose to have her accusation become the subject of a last-minute railroading attempt by the Democratic Party. We’re not sure she has her facts straight about what happened all those years ago, but that doesn’t make her the villain. The Democrats have that role all sewn up.
And if they are the ones who leaked this material to the media, the FBI should investigate and report it to the public. It’s another important piece to this saga, and it is one that voters should know about heading into the next election.