The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee issued a final report Saturday on its investigations into alleged sexual abuse by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, concluding that none of the incidents alleged during his confirmation hearing had any merit.
The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee issued a 414-page report Saturday on its investigations into alleged sexual abuse by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, concluding that none of the incidents alleged during his confirmation hearing had any merit, the National Law Journal reports. “This was a serious and thorough investigation that left no stone unturned in our pursuit of the facts,” said Committee Chairman Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA). “In the end, there was no credible evidence to support the allegations against the nominee.” The report focused primarily on the accusations by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who claimed Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the early 1980s at a high school party. In addition to her explosive public testimony on Sept. 27, the committee contacted 17 people with information relevant to her allegations.
Many names were redacted, but overall, their statements undermined every aspect of the Ford incident. The report said that two men separately contacted the committee “claiming that they believed they had an encounter with Dr. Ford around the time of the alleged incident. Although each individual described details that in some respects seemed to fit Dr. Ford’s allegations against Justice Kavanaugh, both men, who were not named in the report, described consensual encounters.” The report also said that three people who knew Ford when she attended the University of North Carolina told the committee that Ford had a “robust and active” social life there, contradicting her statement that the incident with Kavanaugh resulted in her having a limited social life. Also discussed in the report were allegations by other women who came forward during the confirmation process. Those incidents were also found to have no basis in fact and several have been referred to the Justice Department for possible prosecution under federal law against providing “materially false statements” to the committee.