Hatch Goes Point-by-Point: ‘No Corroborating Evidence to Dr. Ford’s Claim’

By Terence P. Jeffrey | October 4, 2018 | 5:37 PM EDT

 
 
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
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(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Orrin Hatch (R.-Utah), who has served in the Senate since 1977, went to the Senate floor today to offer a point-by-point analysis of what he called “inconsistencies and puzzling aspects” in the story Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has told in making her allegation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago.

Hatch started out by acknowledging the seriousness of Ford’s allegation—but, then, he did not hold back from systematically walking through elements of her story that he said “call into question the reliability of her account.”

“[T]here is no corroborating evidence to Dr. Ford’s claims,” he concluded.

Hatch, for example, specifically noted Ford’s ability to remember precisely how much alcohol she had consumed the night she was allegedly assaulted—while not remembering how she had gotten home from a party that was miles from her family’s house, when she was not old enough to drive.

“Dr. Ford’s allegations are serious. If true, they should disqualify Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the Supreme Court,” Hatch said.

“But neither Dr. Ford, nor her attorneys, nor any member of the news media has been able to provide any corroboration for her claims,” Hatch noted.

“To the contrary, every alleged eyewitness or party goer that she has named has either denied her allegations or failed to corroborate them,” Hatch said.

“This includes her lifelong friend Leland Keyser, whom Dr. Ford says was present at the party that night,” Hatch said. “Miss Keyser says that not only does she not remember such a gathering ever taking place but that she does not even know Judge Kavanaugh.”

Hatch then walked through some elements in her story he said had been contradicted by others or by evidence.

“She says she first told others that Judge Kavanaugh had attacked her around the time of a house remodel to add a second front door to her home,” Hatch said. “But permit records show the door was added four years prior to her first alleged mention of Judge Kavanaugh.

“She testified she had never given advice on how to take a polygraph test,” said Hatch. “A former boyfriend of hers, however, disputes that statement.”

“There other aspects of her story that are also confusing,” said Hatch.

“She does not remember where or when the attack took place, but she remembers with crystal clarity how much alcohol she had consumed,” he said. “This appears to be the only fact unrelated to the alleged attack that she is able to recall with certainty.

“Dr. Ford also testified that after the attack she ran out of the party,” Hatch said. “The location of the party would have had to be some distance from her home, she was too young to drive, so she would’ve had to have gotten a ride home. But she does not recall who drove her home. And given that this was long before the era of cell phones, it is unclear how she would have contacted someone to come pick her up after she ran out of the party.”

Hatch concluded “there is no corroborating evidence to Dr. Ford’s claims” and there is reason to “question the reliability of her account.”

“Now, given that there is no corroborating evidence to Dr. Ford’s claims, all we have to go on is her story,” Hatch said. “Although not dispositive, the questions and inconsistencies and puzzling aspects that I have just outlined call into question the reliability of her account.”

Here is a transcript of the part of Hatch’s speech where he examines “inconsistencies and puzzling aspects” in Ford’s story:

“Dr. Ford’s allegations are serious. If true, they should disqualify Judge Kavanaugh from serving on the Supreme Court. But neither Dr. Ford, nor her attorneys, nor any member of the news media has been able to provide any corroboration for her claims. To the contrary, every alleged eyewitness or party goer that she has named has either denied her allegations or failed to corroborate them. This includes her lifelong friend Leland Keyser, whom Dr. Ford says was present at the party that night. Miss Keyser says that not only does she not remember such a gathering ever taking place but that she does not even know Judge Kavanaugh.

"Questions have been raised in recent days about certain elements of Dr. Ford’s testimony.

"She says she first told others that Judge Kavanaugh had attacked her around the time of a house remodel to add a second front door to her home. But permit records show the door was added four years prior to her first alleged mention of Judge Kavanaugh.

"She testified she had never given advice on how to take a polygraph test. A former boyfriend of hers, however, disputes that statement.

"Dr. Ford has also offered inconsistent accounts of when the attack took place and how many people were present at that party.

"There other aspects of her story that are also confusing. She does not remember where or when the attack took place. But she remembers with crystal clarity how much alcohol she had consumed. This appears to be the only fact unrelated to the alleged attack that she is able to recall with certainty.

"Dr. Ford also testified that after the attack she ran out of the party. The location of the party would have had to be some distance from her home, she was too young to drive, so she would’ve had to have gotten a ride home. But she does not recall who drove her home. And given that this was long before the era of cell phones, it is unclear how she would have contacted someone to come pick her up after she ran out of the party.

"Even more puzzling, her good friend, Miss Keyser, apparently never asked Dr. Ford why she disappeared from the party.

"Now, given that there is no corroborating evidence to Dr. Ford’s claims, all we have to go on is her story. Although not dispositive, the questions and inconsistencies and puzzling aspects that I have just outlined call into question the reliability of her account.

"This is simply not enough, Mr. President, to conclude that Judge Kavanaugh is guilty of the heinous act Dr. Ford alleges."

 


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