Cruz: New Allegation 'Shows the Obsession' to Smear Kavanaugh; 'There's Nobody They Don't Want to Impeach'

By Susan Jones | September 16, 2019 | 5:33am EDT
Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh poses in the official group photo at the Supreme Court on November 30, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

( - On Saturday, two New York Times reporters published a story from their forthcoming book about Brett Kavanaugh, renewing old smears against the now-sitting Supreme Court justice.

President Trump tweeted his outrage, and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) told one of the Sunday shows that the report shows the left's obsession to "smear" and "impeach."

In two tweets on Saturday, Trump fumed:

"Brett Kavanaugh should start suing people for libel, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue. The lies being told about him are unbelievable. False Accusations without recrimination. When does it stop? They are trying to influence his opinions. Can’t let that happen!" Trump tweeted.

"Can’t let Brett Kavanaugh give Radical Left Democrat (Liberal Plus) Opinions based on threats of Impeaching him over made up stories (sound familiar?), false allegations, and lies. This is the game they play. Fake and Corrupt News is working overtime! #ProtectKavanaugh"

The two New York Times authors, both women, say their research "uncovered a previously unreported story about Mr. Kavanaugh in his freshman year" at Yale "that echoes" an allegation made by his former classmate Deborah Ramirez. They write that Max Stier, another classmate of Kavanaugh's, told the FBI that he saw Kavanaugh "with his pants down at a different drunken dorm party [not the one supposedly involving Ramirez], where friends pushed his penis into the hand of a female student.”

The authors said that Stier "notified senators and the F.B.I. about this account, but the F.B.I. did not investigate and Mr. Stier has declined to discuss it publicly."

Mollie Hemingway, a reporter for The Federalist, said she has seen a copy of the book, and she tweeted: "The book notes, quietly, that the woman Max Stier named as having been supposedly victimized by Kavanaugh and friends denies any memory of the alleged event.”

The New York Times later added that fact to its article, writing a day later: "An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a forthcoming book, did not include one element of the book's account regarding an assertion by a Yale classmate that friends of Brett Kavanaugh pushed his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken dorm party," the correction said. "The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident. That information has been added to the article."

Julian Castro and Sen. Kamala Harris, two of the many liberals running for president, are among the Democrats now calling for Kavanaugh's impeachment.

So what do we have here? A bunch of impeachment-obsessed Democrats, says Sen. Ted Cruz:

"I read that The New York Times article this morning," Cruz told ABC's "This Week."

You know, I got to say, they apparently spent 10 months with undercover reporters trying to track down every person that went to school with Justice Kavanaugh 30 years ago. You know, it's an amazing level of reporting trying to just really dig up any dirt they can on the guy.

I think that follows up with -- with the rather shameful circus we saw during the confirmation hearing, where -- where they took allegations, they sat on them, they didn't make them public, they revealed them at the 11th hour.

And you know what, the Judiciary Committee did what we should have done. We held a hearing, we -- we invited the principal witness to testify, we heard it, the American people heard it and at the end of the day, the American people made a judgment that -- that the evidence wasn't there, the corroboration wasn't there, and -- and I think this article just shows the obsession with the far left, with trying to smear Justice Kavanaugh by going 30 years back with anonymous sources.

It -- it -- it really is another sign of how nasty and divided the time is today.

Host George Stephanopoulos noted that the New York Times article was making the point that certain alleged witnesses were never interviewed by the FBI, and therefore, the investigation into Kavanaugh "wasn't an adequate investigation."

Cruz responded that the allegations of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford were the main event, and she had her public hearing.

And what you saw is, you really saw the Democrats, I think, taking advantage of Dr. Ford and turning it into a circus. You know, we saw a Spartacus moment in the middle of it, which showed how ridiculous the entire proceeding was.

But at the end of the day, we listened to the evidence, we listened to all of the potential corroborating witnesses for Dr. Ford, the FBI interviewed them, examined them. Their testimony did not corroborate her allegations and the American people had a chance to look Judge Kavanaugh in the eye -- now Justice Kavanaugh -- and hear his explanation. And at the end of the day, I think this is The New York Times just -- just -- just being bitter enders.

And you know what, I bet you the next Democratic debate, they'll all be saying impeach Kavanaugh, impeach Trump. There's nobody they don't want to impeach. And at some point, they just have to let the anger go and recognize that the democratic process actually moves on. And I think it's time for them to do that.

Also appearing on "This Week," Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), who also sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she thinks the Kavanaugh confirmation process "was a sham."

She said senators on the committee were not given adequate time to look at all the allegations that had been called into the FBI tip line.

"I don't think you can look at impeachment hearings without getting the documents," she said. "The House would have to get the documents. And the attorney general is shielding documents."

Klobuchar said for the documents to be turned over to Congress, "you need a new president." Klobuchar is among the many Democrats now running for president.

President Trump commented again on Monday, tweeting that the latest attack on Kavanaugh is a "disgrace."

Just Out: “Kavanaugh accuser doesn’t recall incident.” @foxandfriends DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT THESE HORRIBLE PEOPLE WILL DO OR SAY. They are looking to destroy, and influence his opinions - but played the game badly. They should be sued!

“What’s happening to Justice Kavanaugh is a disgrace. This guy is not a good man, he is a great man. He has to go to his church with his family while these terrible reports are being written about him, a disgrace!” Dan Bongino @foxandfriends

“The New York Times walks back report on Kavanaugh assault claim.” @foxandfriends  The one who is actually being assaulted is Justice Kavanaugh - Assaulted by lies and Fake News! This is all about the LameStream Media working with their partner, the Dems.


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