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THREAD: Between 2001 and 2003, Republican Senate staffers hacked into and stole 4,670 files on controversial Bush judicial nominees from 6 Democrats, including me. This scandal amounted to a digital Watergate, not unlike Russia’s hacking of the DNC.
The ringleader worked closely with #Kavanaugh in pushing these controversial nominees. Kavanaugh testified he had no reason to suspect anything “untoward.” Today I began confronting him with the many reasons why he would have known there was something deeply wrong here.
Days before the hearing for a hyper-controversial nominee, the ringleader of the hack sent Mr. #Kavanaugh specific details on what I was planning to ask about at her hearing. Said he learned it from “Intel.”
Before any mention of it was public, the ringleader also sent #Kavanaugh a DRAFT letter of mine and other Dems. He worked extensively on nominations in the WH at the time, and would’ve known he had a private letter that hadn’t yet been reported in the press.
The ringleader also wanted to meet privately, OFF-SITE with #Kavanaugh to provide him and another official with docs with intel on Sens. Feinstein and Biden. Why not email or fax?? There’s more to this email that I hope will be public, and soon.
These are the only documents that Chairman Grassley allowed to make public to date. There are more that are being hidden and that shed light on #Kavanaugh’s role in this scandal. They must be made public so you, and the Senate, can judge for ourselves. #WhatAreTheyHiding

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Oct 3, 2018
THREAD #5: A point-by-point breakdown of Judge Kavanaugh's claims about his work on a Bush administration detention and interrogation policies.
Exhibit 5: Kavanaugh stated under oath that he “was not involved…in the questions about the rules governing detention of combatants,” a highly controversial set of policies pursued by the Bush WH in the wake of 9/11. False again.
Ex. 5a: Media reports have shown that Kavanaugh was involved in WH debates about the capture and detention of U.S. citizen “enemy combatants” without access to lawyers.…
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Oct 3, 2018
THREAD #4: A point-by-point breakdown of Judge Kavanaugh's claims about his work on a controversial wireless wiretapping program.
Exhibit 4: In 2006, I asked Kavanaugh about his knowledge of a controversial warrantless wiretapping program, disclosed in a 2005 article. I asked, “You had not seen anything, or had you heard anything about it, prior to the New York Times article?”
His reply: “No.” “Nothing at all?” “Nothing at all,” he testified. He later reiterated in writing, “I had no involvement in meetings, briefings, or other discussions in shaping the program or the legal justification for the program.”
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Oct 3, 2018
THREAD #3: A point-by-point breakdown of Judge Kavanaugh's claims about his work on Judge Pickering's nomination.
Exhibit 3: Kavanaugh distanced himself from the controversial nomination of Judge Pickering, testifying that Pickering was not one that he primarily worked on & that he was not assigned to it. Once again, Kavanaugh left senators with an utterly false impression.
Ex.3a: Emails show that Kavanaugh did substantial work on the Pickering nomination. He even drafted White House Counsel Alberto Gonzalez’s op-ed praising and defending Pickering.
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Oct 3, 2018
THREAD #2: A point-by-point breakdown of Judge Kavanaugh's claims about his work on Judge Pryor's nomination.
Exhibit 2: There’s also Kavanaugh’s work on Judge Pryor, who called Roe an abomination. In a 10 minute exchange with Sen. Kennedy about whether he helped “vet” (select and review) Judge Pryor, Kavanaugh explicitly denied any role in his vetting. That was objectively false.
Kavanaugh testified repeatedly that Pryor was “not one that I worked on personally” other than a standard moot session (long after Pryor had been vetted). No senator left his 2004 hearing thinking otherwise.
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Oct 3, 2018
THREAD #1: A point-by-point breakdown of Judge Kavanaugh's claims about the Manny Miranda email theft scandal.
Exhibit 1: After Kavanaugh ally Manny Miranda stole 4,670 Democratic files on controversial Bush nominees, Kavanaugh testified, over and over, that he never received stolen materials or anything that appeared to be prepared by Dems or even anything “untoward.” That’s just FALSE.
Ex.1a: Here’s Kavanaugh receiving a highly confidential letter written to me about a nominee’s position on abortion. It was so secret the sender believed she’d be fired if it got out. Miranda even said take “no action…except as I request.” Kavanaugh responded minutes later.
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Sep 17, 2018
Dr. Ford has shown incredible courage. This allegation speaks directly to the nominee’s character then and truthfulness now. Before any other steps, there should be a nonpartisan evaluation by professionals trained on trauma-informed investigations.
This is a crucial test for the US Senate. The integrity of this body, and of our nation’s highest court, is on the line.
Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination has been a flawed process from the beginning. Republicans have consistently sought to hide his record from the American people. This latest, most serious allegation deserves rigorous scrutiny. The process must not be rushed through.
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