Despite the allegations of sexual assaults from multiple women, Brett Kavanaugh became the Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. However, the case is not yet closed.
After one of the women admitted that she fabricated a claim against the judge, President Donald Trump appeared on Sunday to suggest that additional women who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct were lying.
During a campaign rally in Georgia, Trump said, “A woman who accused then-Judge Kavanaugh of horrible, horrible crimes admitted that she never met Judge Kavanaugh, or Brett Kavanaugh or a Kavanaugh period. Never met him, never saw him and the act never happened, and it was a lie.”
The Trump supporters clapped and burst into chants of “lock her up,” as the President stepped away from the podium.
Although he didn’t mentioned the name of the woman, he appeared to be alluding to Judy Munro-Leighton.
In a letter to the FBI and Department of Justice on Friday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) stated that on November 1, Munro-Leighton has admitted to the committee that she previously lied about an allegation, where she claimed that Brett Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, raped her in the backseat of a car.
In an email sent to the committee, Munro-Leighton claimed that she was the woman who sent an anonymous letter to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) in late September alleging Kavanaugh raped her. Following the act, the Investigators began looking into the allegations at the beginning of October.
Calling for an investigation into her claims, Senate Grassley wrote, “Under questioning by Committee investigators, Ms. Munro-Leighton admitted, contrary to her prior claims, that she had not been sexually assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh.”
Trump on Sunday held on the referral of Munro-Leighton’s claim while conjugating it with other claims that lawmakers have said were credible.
He said, “I think this was number four. And by the way, what about the other ones? How about the other ones, folks? Oh you’ll see others now.”
The President also blasted Democrats for their “disrespectful” treatment of Brett Kavanaugh. Besides, he also urged the voters to recall the bitter confirmation fight ahead of Election Day on Tuesday.
“He could’ve lost a judgeship on a story that was made up,” he said. “And the way the Democrats treated him and us, you’ve got to get to the polls on Tuesday and you’ve got to vote.”
Munro-Leighton was one of four women to make sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh. Other than her, Grassley also referred accuser Julie Swetnick and Michael Avenatti, her attorney, for investigation.
However, no such referral has been made for other two accusers— Christine Blasey Ford or Deborah Ramirez.
In September, Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her, when the two were in high school.
On the other hand, Ramirez alleged that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a party when the two were in college.
The FBI conducted an additional background check into Ford’s and Ramirez’s allegations, following which the Republican lawmakers said that the report did not turn up evidence of their claims.
Moreover, Brett Kavanaugh denied all such claims against him. He was confirmed, 50-48, by the Senate following a bitter confirmation process.
As the midterms are fast approaching, both Republicans and Democrats are bringing in several issues to win the voters. The Brett Kavanaugh issue is one such subject that the Republicans are using as a strategy. They have argued that the voters should remember how Kavanaugh was treated during his confirmation process.
However, as the allegations from two out of four women have not yet been proved false, and several still give them the benefit of doubt. Holding onto that string, the Democrats believe that their supporters will express their anger in the ballot box on how the judge was confirmed, despite the sexual misconduct allegations.
As the allegations are still on 50-50, the speculations on midterms remain likewise. Who would be trusted by the voter, the judge or the accusers, or the Republicans or the Democrats?