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What are the responses to the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh? Show more Show less

Donald Trump’s pick for the Supreme Court nomination, Brett Kavanaugh, has been accused of attempted rape by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford. The incident allegedly took place at a party when Kavanaugh was 17-years-old.

Brett Kavanaugh didn’t do it Show more Show less

Brett Kavanaugh is innocent.
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“Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man with an impeccable reputation”

The allegations described are not fitting with Brett Kavanaugh's nature.

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Context

Following Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations, prominent Republicans rushed to defend Kavanaugh’s character.

The Argument

Current President, Donald Trump, and former President George W. Bush were among those to defend Brett Kavanaugh’s character. The former called him a “fine, fine person”, while the latter assured the public he is a “man of the highest integrity.[1][2] More than 65 female witnesses who knew Kavanaugh from his high school and college days wrote a letter to Senator Chuck Grassley. Within the letter, they argued that the allegations against Kavanaugh are completely out of character with the Brett Kavanaugh they knew. They asserted that in the 35 years they have known him, “he has behaved honourably and treated women with respect.[3]

Counter arguments

Brett Kavanaugh has demonstrated time and time again that he is not a man of impeccable character. He has a long record of lying under oath. In 2001, he told the Senate hearing for the nomination of Charles Pickering that he had no prior knowledge of Judge Pickering’s decision to solicit letters of support from lawyers with cases pending in his courtroom (a clear breach of judicial ethics). However, newly obtained emails show that Kavanaugh was lying. He handled the nomination personally.[4] In 2004, he denied involvement in the theft of documents belonging to Democratic senators. Recently released emails show that he received the documents, then forwarded them to third parties. He evidently knew the severity of what he was doing, as the subject line of the email read, “Spying”. There is also some speculation about his character at school. Despite the 65 women claiming the allegations are completely unlike Brett Kavanaugh’s character, other witnesses have claimed the allegations fit very well with the Kavanaugh they remember. One of Kavanaugh’s former roommates at Yale described him as an “aggressive and even belligerent” drunk.[5]

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Premises

Those that know Brett Kavanaugh well describe a “fine man” of impeccable integrity. There is no way that these allegations are true. They are not fitting with his public or private persona.

Rejecting the premises

Not everyone remembers him as a man of integrity. Several who knew him well have admitted he was often aggressive and belligerent when drunk.

Proponents

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References

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qT6_Qjml5CY
  2. https://www.politico.com/story/2018/09/18/george-bush-supports-kavanaugh-827976
  3. https://www.washingtonpost.com/investigations/california-professor-writer-of-confidential-brett-kavanaugh-letter-speaks-out-about-her-allegation-of-sexual-assault/2018/09/16/46982194-b846-11e8-94eb-3bd52dfe917b_story.html?utm_term=.47367af60bdc
  4. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/opinion-russ-feingold-kavanaugh-lies_us_5ba020f6e4b013b0977defff
  5. http://fortune.com/2018/09/24/kavanaugh-second-sexual-assault-allegation/

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