A prominent Washington attorney is blasting liberals for trying to sink the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh on the basis of two decades-old allegations that have no witnesses and no corroborating evidence, and she says if Democrats get away with these attacks, then no man will ever be safe.
“If this is allowed to stand and they can just make whatever allegation they want to wreck someone’s career they can do that to any man in any business, any office, any company, any organization anywhere in our country. That’s allowing mob rule,” said Cleta Mitchell, a longtime Washington-based attorney who is a partner in the office of Foley and Lardner.
Mitchell has been involved in plenty of politically charged legal fights. She represented conservative organizations harassed by the Internal Revenue Service after applying for non-profit status. She says the Democrats’ talking point that all women accusers must be believed is absurd.
“This feminist notion that just because a woman makes an accusation, she must be believed, that just can’t be our practice and we can’t allow this to continue. This is a nightmare scenario that these left-wing activists have put our confirmation process into because they cannot find a credible reason to oppose Judge Kavanaugh on the merits,” said Mitchell.
Last week, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford went public with her allegation that Kavanaugh tried to force himself on her at a house party in Maryland in the early 1980’s while the two were in high school. Ford mentioned three people in addition to Kavanaugh who were allegedly there. All of them deny knowing anything about the incident.
On Sunday, Kavanaugh’s Yale classmate, Deborah Ramirez, accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a party their freshmen year. Every alleged witness to that story also claims to have no knowledge although one person said he remembered hearing something about it shortly afterwards.
Mitchell says the dearth of corroboration in the allegations against Kavanaugh is staggering.
“They’ve offered nothing in the way of substantiation. I think this is just desperation on the part of partisan Democrats who never had any intention of supporting Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation in the first place, who are angry all these years later that they weren’t able to stop Clarence Thomas’s confirmation with their Anita Hill concocted story,” said Mitchell.
“Neither of these people remember much about anything other than they have been able to find Democratic activist attorneys who are trotting them out as a desperation tactic in my view, but as a means of literally assassinating the character of this fine judge,” added Mitchell.
Mitchell says the hearings scheduled for this week that include testimony from Kavanaugh and Ford are nothing like a courtroom trial and will likely not change the debate much at all. To begin, she says there’s not a single impartial juror, since all Democrats on the committee have opposed the Kavanaugh nomination from the start and all Republicans seem to support him.
She says Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., was even planning to hold a fundraiser featuring the liberal activist attorneys for Dr. Ford but that event had to be scuttled once it became public.
Mitchell says Democrats are trying to impose the Obama administration’s policy on campus sexual assault allegations onto the rest of the nation. And it’s a policy Mitchell says was horrifically un-American.
“[The Obama-era rules] essentially required colleges and universities to establish these kangaroo courts in the event there was any allegation of sexual assault, where the accused would have no due process rights and they could be expelled without every being given an opportunity to defend themselves,” said Mitchell.
She says convicting people – even in the court of public opinion – without due process would send American down a very dark path.
“We need to be very leery, very leery, of any situation where we allow some unfounded allegation to stampede people into criticizing, or firing, or terminating, or blocking somebody without any shred of evidence .
“We better be very careful we don’t allow our country to get in that situation. That reminds of the former Soviet Union and totalitarianism. I don’t think we want to go there,” said Mitchell.