“I swear by Almighty God that I will tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”
Brett Kavanaugh uttered those words before his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2004, 2006, and twice in 2018. He swore under penalty of perjury that he would not lie. In each instance, he lied to make himself look better, make confirmation for office more likely, and to cover up crimes.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), a friendly face, asked Kavanaugh, “When did you first hear of Ms. Ramirez’s allegations against you?” Kavanaugh indicated he hadn’t heard of the charges related to exposing himself and causing unwanted contact with his penis, until after an article ran in The New Yorker magazine. NBC broke news that Kavanaugh knew weeks before about the upcoming allegations and was persuading Yale friends to coordinate their testimony and discredit Deborah Ramirez.
This is just one of the many lies Kavanaugh has told under oath, often with the protection of Republican Senators and two Republican White House administrations. In 2004 he lied about his involvement with torture programs when he worked for the White House. In 2006, he lied about receipt of, and the use of stolen materials from Democrat Senator Patrick Leahy. After his 2006 testimony, Democrat Senators sent a referral to the Justice Department regarding his false testimony but the Bush White House refused to act on it. In 2018, Republican Senators and the Trump White House tried to keep the e-mails proving Kavanaugh lied, from ever being seen by the public.
In his 2018 testimony at a 2nd hearing, after specific charges of sexual assault. Kavanaugh was called upon to answer questions about his drinking which was at the center of many of the allegations against him. He was believed to be drunk when he allegedly attempted to rape Christine Blasey Ford, he was drunk when he assaulted Deborah Ramirez. He was close friends with Mark Judge, who wrote a book about his drunken behavior at the all-male Georgetown Prep High School both attended. Judge told his girlfriend about a train of boys having sex with a drunken, incoherent girl, a claim similar to another charge against Kavanaugh by Julie Swetnick, who claimed to have seen Judge and Kavanaugh standing in line at parties, waiting to have sex with a girl.
Kavanaugh was asked to explain several entries in his 1983 yearbook which are very hard to accept as credible. In his responses, he appeared to have lied about his drinking, his throwing up which he blamed on a “sensitive stomach” and his relationship with girls including why 14 boys listed themselves as members of the “Renate Alumnius,” Renate being the first name of a girl at a nearby school. When she heard about the reference, 34 years later. She said, “I learned about these yearbook pages only a few days ago. I don’t know what ‘Renate Alumnus’ actually means. I can’t begin to comprehend what goes through the minds of 17-year-old boys who write such things, but the insinuation is horrible, hurtful and simply untrue. I pray their daughters are never treated this way. I will have no further comment.”
That Brett Kavanaugh is an attempted rapist, guilty of sexual assault and group rape may not be provable beyond any reasonable doubt after as much as 36 years in some instances. That he is a mean drunk is backed up by a steadily growing number of witnesses and that he has committed perjury in a televised hearing which much of the nation watched is abundantly clear. What is also clear is that the vast majority of Republican Senators, capable of confirming Kavanaugh’s nomination with no Democrat support, simply don’t care. What remains to be seen is if the Republican women in the Senate and any Republican male will allow it to matter?