Vague, Uncorroborated Allegations

‘No Memory,’ ‘I Have No Idea,’ ‘Does Not Know Mr. Kavanaugh’


SENATE MAJORITY LEADER MITCH McCONNELL (R-KY): “Look -- the American people know that sexual misconduct is gravely serious. They expect this to be treated seriously and addressed promptly. That’s precisely what Chairman Grassley has done and is doing. But the American people also insist that vague … and uncorroborated allegations of 30-plus-year-old misconduct -- where all the supposed witnesses either totally deny it or can’t confirm it -- is nowhere near grounds to nullify someone’s career or destroy their good name.” (Sen. McConnell, Remarks, 9/25/2018)


Those Identified In Dr. Ford’s Letter Either Have No Recollection Of The Alleged Party Or Incident -- Or Don’t Even Know Kavanaugh

LELAND INGHAM KEYSER: “Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.” (Howard Walsh, Representative for Leland Keyser, Email to Senate Judiciary Committee, 9/22/2018)

PATRICK J. SMYTH: “I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct … leveled against Brett Kavanaugh…. I have never witnessed any improper conduct by Brett Kavanaugh towards women.” (“Eric B. Bruce, Attorney for Patrick J.Smyth, Letter to Sens. Grassley and Feinstein, 9/18/2018)

MARK JUDGE: “I have no memory of this alleged incident. Brett Kavanaugh and I were friends in high school but I do not recall the party described in Dr. Ford’s letter. More to the point, I never saw Brett act in the manner Dr. Ford describes.” (Barbara Van Gelder, Attorney for Mark Judge, Letter to Sens. Grassley and Feinstein, 9/18/2018)

JUDGE BRETT KAVANAUGH: “This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes—to her or to anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making the accusation until she identified herself …” (“Brett Kavanaugh Dismisses Sexual Assault Allegations As ‘Completely False,’” Fox News, 9/17/2018)


A Classmate Of Dr. Ford’s Retracted A Post Suggesting She Heard About The Alleged Incident: ‘That It Happened Or Not, I Have No Idea’

“A former schoolmate of Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser wrote a Facebook post saying she recalls hearing about the alleged assault involving Kavanaugh, though she says she has no first-hand information to corroborate the accuser’s claims.” (NBC News, 9/19/2018)

“A former classmate of Christine Blasey Ford tells NPR that she does not know if an alleged sexual assault by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh took place as she first suggested on social media. ‘That it happened or not, I have no idea,’ Cristina King Miranda told NPR's Nina Totenberg. ‘I can't say that it did or didn't.’” (“Kavanaugh Accuser's Classmate: 'That It Happened Or Not, I Have No Idea,'’ NPR, 9/20/2018)

  • “That’s different from what Miranda wrote Wednesday in a now-deleted Facebook post that stated definitively, ‘The incident DID happen, many of us heard about it in school.’ … Miranda noted on Twitter that she did not have ‘first hand knowledge’ of the incident. Miranda said staff from the Senate Judiciary Committee had reached out to her, something she was not expecting.” (“Kavanaugh Accuser's Classmate: 'That It Happened Or Not, I Have No Idea,'’ NPR, 9/20/2018)


No Eyewitness Could Confirm Ms. Ramirez’s Allegation, No One Could Confirm Kavanaugh Was Even Present, And She ‘Could Not Be Certain [He] Was The One’

THE NEW YORKER: The New Yorker has not confirmed with other eyewitnesses that Kavanaugh was present at the party.” (“Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from Brett Kavanaugh’s College Years,” The New Yorker, 9/23/2018)

  • THE NEW YORK TIMES: “The New Yorker did not confirm with other eyewitnesses that Judge Kavanaugh was at the party. The Times had interviewed several dozen people over the past week in an attempt to corroborate her story, and could find no one with firsthand knowledge. Ms. Ramirez herself contacted former Yale classmates asking if they recalled the incident and told some of them that she could not be certain Mr. Kavanaugh was the one …” (“Christine Blasey Ford Reaches Deal to Testify at Kavanaugh Hearing,” The New York Times, 9/23/2018)


CBS’ JOHN DICKERSON: “Jane, the corroborating witness, which you said has all the details, including Kavanaugh’s name, where did that witness come from, where did that witness get the information about this from, if that person doesn’t know Ramierez?”

THE NEW YORKER’s JANE MAYER: “He remembers it from—he was in the same dorm, same little building on Yale’s Old Campus. And he remembers it clearly. I asked him—”

DICKERSON: “Did he see it?”

MAYER: “No. As I’ve said, he heard it from someone who was there.” (CBS’ “CBS This Morning,” 9/24/2018)

“She was at first hesitant to speak publicly, partly because her memories contained gaps because she had been drinking at the time of the alleged incident.” (“Senate Democrats Investigate a New Allegation of Sexual Misconduct, from Brett Kavanaugh’s College Years,” The New Yorker, 9/23/2018)

“The Ramirez accusation has been floating around several news outlets in the past week, including NBC, NYer, New York Times, & the Washington Post per five sources.” (New York Magazine’s Yashar Ali, @yashar, Twitter, 9/23/2018)


Another Charge Refuted: ‘Outrageous, 100% False’

“Yale Law School professor Amy Chua denied allegations that she coached female students to dress in an ‘outgoing’ fashion when interviewing for clerkship positions with Judge Brett Kavanaugh, now a nominee for the Supreme Court.” (“Yale Law Professor Amy Chua Rejects Charge She Coached Female Students on How to Dress for Kavanaugh,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/22/2018)



Related Issues: Judicial Nominations, Supreme Court