1) “If one thing is a lie then it’s all a lie.”

It’s coffee time.
Friday, September 28, 2018.
2) Somebody is lying.
3) At the #KavanaughFordHearings Senator Feinstein said: “Anna gave me the letter.”
4) She meant Rep. Anna Eshoo.
5) She meant this letter.
6) The letter is dated July 30, 2018 and it is marked “confidential.”
7) Dr. Christine Ford is said to have written this letter.
8) On September 20, 2018, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein sent a signed letter to Chairman Chuck Grassley.

Dr. Ford’s letter was attached.

It read: “As you know, the letter was given to me in confidence.”
9) Dr. Feinstein uses the passive voice: “the letter WAS GIVEN in confidence.”

She does not use the active voice: “Dr. Ford GAVE ME the letter in confidence.”
10) In government writing, it is common to use the passive voice. Either to avoid responsibility (“mistakes were made”) or to be vague about how a situation came to be (“was given”).

Who gave Sen. Feinstein the letter?

Who wrote the letter?
11) “If one thing is a lie, everything is a lie” when it comes to testimony.

That is what we heard yesterday.
12) I speak only for myself. It is my civic duty to speak. It is my duty as a human being, as a child of God.
13) Based on what I know from my job, which is to receive and manage letters from Congress on behalf of their constituents, I believe Senator Feinstein deliberately created a false impression about this letter.
14) I am not going to draw conclusions but will share some facts. I think an ethics committee should investigate this.
15) Dr. Ford said that she texted the Washington Post three times and she also reached out to Rep. Eshoo. Both on the same day.

How did she do that?
16) Yesterday Ford testified that an acquaintance told her to ”call the New York Times, call the Washington Post” and approach ”your Congressperson.”

17) Dr. Ford stated that Rep. Eshoo’s office “contacted me the date that the nominee was announced.”

That was July 10.

18) Rep. Eshoo has been very supportive of Dr. Ford’s clarity on her allegation:

“‘There are different remembrances to sexual abuse victims,’ Eshoo said, later adding that ‘this is an intelligent woman. This is not a woman that is confused, mixed up.’”

19) The Mercury-News published an interview with Rep. Eshoo on September 18. This interview fleshes out the timeline.

20) Summary Timeline:

July 6: Ford contacts Eshoo.

July 10: Eshoo calls Ford.

July 20: Eshoo and Ford meet in person.

July 30: Eshoo’s staff hand-carries letter to Senator Feinstein.

September 20: Feinstein provides letter to Grassley.

21) What is wrong with this picture?
22) Eshoo told The Mercury-News that she suggested Dr. Ford write a letter to Senator Feinstein, because she found her “convincing” and “a strong witness.”

23) The Mercury-News reports that Dr. Ford “decided to write a letter detailing her claims to Sen. Dianne Feinstein.”

24) So Eshoo waited 10 days (basically 10 entire news cycles) between finding out that Kavanaugh might be vulnerable to a conduct issue—and actually meeting the potential witness?
25) Let’s assume that Rep. Eshoo didn’t call DC. She just sat on this for a week and a half.
26) My experience with Congressional staffers is that they NEVER wait on constituent inquiries.

They want an answer RIGHT AWAY and will call ANYONE they think can assist.
27) The 14-day lag time between Dr. Ford’s original inquiry (7/6) and the in-person meeting (7/20) can only be explained by some sort of deliberative process outside her control.
28) Also, the majority of people who write to Congress have their inquiries handled by staffers. It is unusual for an ordinary citizen to be invited to an in-person meeting over a letter.
29) What happened between 7/20-7/30?
30) Normally:
—Constituent would go home after her meeting
—Think about what she wanted to say
—Draft a letter
—Maybe have someone (lawyer?) review
—sign and mail, or email, or fax to Eshoo w/ documentation and privacy release
—Eshoo would submit on behalf of her constituent
31) The Member of Congress always asks for a privacy release before making an inquiry on behalf of a constituent—won’t proceed without one.
32) But this letter is dated July 30, 2018. It is unsigned. It has multiple fonts and sizes. No attachments. No release.
33) Are we supposed to believe that in a single day, after previous delays of weeks:
—Dr. Ford independently wrote and dated her letter
—Addressed it to Sen. Feinstein
—Delivered it to Eshoo as a letter, but unsigned
—Eshoo’s staff “hand-carried” it to Feinstein in DC?
34) Are we further supposed to believe that a letter considered this urgent was truly going to be held in confidence, as Senator Feinstein said she did?
35) If there was such concern over the contents of the letter, why was the letter withheld from the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee?

When a constituent sends a letter they want it investigated!
36) In my experience, a “hand-carried” letter carries an ink signature. Why didn’t this one have it?
37) I believe and care about Dr. Ford in the sense that she seems like a traumatized victim.

But the journey her letter took needs to be investigated.



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