Now that we know Dianne Feinstein has referred Brett Kavanaugh to the FBI for criminal investigation in a sexual assault scandal, it places a whole new context onto the questions that Senate Democrats have been asking Kavanaugh for the past week. So much attention has been paid to Kavanaugh’s perjury and his apparent gambling problem, it’s gone somewhat overlooked that they also used their questions to lay the groundwork for what happened today.
Several years ago, Brett Kavanaugh clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski, who abruptly retired from the bench last year after having been accused of sexual harassment by a number of women. On its own, this wouldn’t necessarily be a scandal for Kavanaugh. But the Democrats nonetheless made a big deal of it. In particular, Senator Kamala Harris zeroed in on the issue with her written questions for Kavanaugh. She even got as specific as asking questions like “Has Judge Kozinski ever shared pornography with you?”
To be clear, this was not an attempt at taking down Kozinski, who already took himself down by retiring. Harris is a longtime former prosecutor, and we all know that competent prosecutors never ask a question without already knowing the answer. This strongly suggested that the Democrats already knew something about Kavanaugh and sexual harassment or assault, and that it must have had something to do with Kozinski.
Now we’re learning that the Senate Democrats have evidence that Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman while they were both in high school. He then went on to clerk for serial sexual predator Kozinski roughly nine years later. What would these two things have to do with each other? We don’t know – but the Democrats sure seem to be onto something here, and they’re rapidly zeroing in on it.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report