There’s no doubt that Americans are divided over the testimonies of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. However, even many Republicans feel that Kavanaugh wasn’t exactly truthful in his testimony. While Ford answered every question she was presented with, Kavanaugh fought back – sometimes angrily – dodging questions and fabricating definitions. Now, even former FBI director James Comey is weighing in on the hearing.
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Following last week’s hearings, Republican senator Jeff Flake essentially put the brakes on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. During the vote, Flake spoke out in support of opening a week-long investigation into the allegations levied against Kavanaugh. His action essentially delayed the vote that would have likely seen Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court.
While a new investigation has been opened, it is, however, limited in both time and scope. Many questions have been raised regarding the limitations and who, exactly, the FBI can and can’t interview.
Comey expressed his concerns regarding the investigation into Kavanaugh’s past in a New York Times op ed. While he has confidence in the FBI, he was not pleased with the Republican-imposed limitations on the probe. He called the process “deeply flawed,” but conceded that any investigation is better than none at all.
He also believes that agents involved in the investigation will take lies told by Kavanaugh during his testimony into consideration.
“F.B.I. agents know time has very little to do with memory,” Comey wrote. “They know every married person remembers the weather on their wedding day, no matter how long ago. Significance drives memory. They also know that little lies point to bigger lies. They know that obvious lies by the nominee about the meaning of words in a yearbook are a flashing signal to dig deeper.”
Comey was, of course, referring to Kavanaugh’s answers to questions regarding his senior yearbook. Kavanaugh could have simply claimed that the slang used on his yearbook page was teenage banter. It’s certainly not uncommon for teenage boys to find humor in sexual innuendo, regardless of their conquests or lack thereof.
Instead, Kavanaugh insisted that several slang terms did not refer to the sexual acts with which they are commonly associated.
When asked about the word “boofed,” Kavanaugh claimed it referred to flatulence. Questioned on the meaning of “devil’s triangle,” he said it was a drinking game, played like quarters. As for why he was apparently the “biggest contributor” to the “Beach Week Ralph Club,” he blamed a weak stomach. And those are just a few of the dubious responses Kavanaugh had to inquiries regarding the yearbook.
“Small lies matter, even about yearbooks,” Comey tweeted.