99 Questions I Would Ask Brett Kavanaugh
In the most exciting moment for C-SPAN since #ComeyDay last year, both Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Kavanaugh-accuser-of-sexual-assault Dr. Christine Ford testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Considering that most of the afternoon was grandstanding and boring, annoying answers about the same boring, annoying things, it was a missed opportunity for a barrage of questions that may just have exposed Kavanaugh's tendency to lie for a living.
To Judge Kavanaugh
Why do you keep bringing up the fact that this incident supposedly happened 36 years ago? Is there a statute of limitations on the types of things you're being accused of?
Do you believe that Bill Cosby was a serial rapist, or at the very least a rapist?
Do you realize that it is hence possible for crimes to be committed, but only surface many years (in this case, decades) afterward?
Do you think that if it could be proven that you did something illegal or heinous in your time in high school, you should be held accountable for it?
Why do you believe that Bill Cosby was guilty? Was it the number of accusers?
Is there a minimum number of accusers that have to come forward for the claim to earn any kind of legitimacy?
Do you believe that people like Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Dennis Hastert, etc. did good things in their life outside of the realm of their interactions with women and children respectively?
Are you aware of the estimated percentage of women who never formally report sexual assault to the police at the time it happens, or ever?
Are you aware of the deluge of reports surrounding sexual assault in the Catholic church, and that many of the victims are now adults?
Do you think that claims of sexual assault become less credible as more time passes?
Is there a statute of limitations for blaming things on the Clintons?
On Dr. Ford's Recollection
Why do you keep referring to the 'people who were there' about an event that supposedly never happened?
Why do you characterize the sworn statements of the 'people who were there' as saying that 'no such event happened', when in reality they have said they do not recall such an event happening or attending the party in question, which are two very different things?
Do you believe that Dr. Christine Ford has any motivation to lie?
Do you believe that if Dr. Ford was lying, that she would have made up a more convincing lie including details about the 'before' and 'after' of the situation, including specific dates and locations?
You said you believe that Dr. Ford was being truthful that she was assaulted, but that she was lying about the fact that it was you. Why are you selective with your judgment of her credibility?
Do you think it's possible that despite her ability to recall the event in great detail, she was still somehow mistaken in remembering the face of the person assaulting her?
On the Idea of a Conspiracy
Since you claimed that this was a political attack on you, who specifically do you think is responsible for this situation?
Are you aware that it was in fact a Republican operative that checked Dr. Ford's LinkedIn page in advance of her name being released?
Why do you think that during the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, there were no accusations of sexual assault?
Why do you think that the same political attack that you claim to be the target of right now was not used against Gorsuch?
On Your Demeanor
Do you think it's possible to simultaneously treat several women with respect and dignity and other women without that same respect?
If you have been as angry as you claimed to be over the course of this past week, why did you have a noticeable difference in demeanor when speaking with FOX News a few days ago?
Do you believe that given your very political ramble in your opening statement, that you can serve in a nonpartisan capacity on the Supreme Court, especially when ruling on cases that could potentially affect you?
Do you recall that just this month, you said that the Supreme Court must never be viewed as a partisan institution?
Do you believe that given your very emotional tirade in your opening statement, that you can rule rationally on the Supreme Court?
Do you believe that your angry, somewhat unhinged behavior today belies the fact that you could and may have had other instances in your life when you displayed that same behavior?
Are you aware that the legal drinking age in Maryland changed from 18 to 21 on July 1, 1982?
How long have you had to deal with these assault allegations? Do you recognize that whatever time that is, it is less than a 'lifetime', which is what you are trying to be confirmed for?
On an Investigation & Procedure
Do you think it is appropriate for a short delay, roughly a week long, to take place in the confirmation of a Supreme Court Justice?
Do you recall the length of time that the seat previously held by Antonin Scalia was held open by Senate Republicans not too long ago?
Do you think that it was appropriate that Merrick Garland was not allowed to have a confirmation hearing?
Do you take claims of sexual assault seriously, and if so, do you think that a weeklong delay for an FBI investigation would have the possibility of doing more good to your reputation (if you are found innocent) than hurt it?
How can you characterize yourself as an optimist after everything negative you've said today regarding the possibility of a delay?
Do you think that just because it took a long time for Dr. Ford's story to be made public, it no longer qualifies for an FBI investigation?
Do you believe that the other women who are accusing you should be heard in front of this committee?
Do you believe that the questions you are being asked are unfair, or all a part in the process of confirming you?
Do you recall that while you were a part of Ken Starr's team, you believed it was fair to ask detailed, explicit questions of Bill Clinton?
Do you understand that there is no obligation to prove you guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, but rather to determine whether you are innocent beyond the shadow of a doubt?
As a judge, do you think that it is appropriate to get as many of the facts and testimonies as possible before a decision is reached?
Do you think that it is appropriate for a witness to re-direct questions he or she is asked to the person that is asking the questions, without answering the questions themselves?
Are you absolutely sure that you didn't watch Dr. Ford's testimony?
When you do watch Dr. Ford's testimony, could you inform us whether you believe that her demeanor is becoming of someone that should be on the Supreme Court?
Do you think that the supposed delay that Democrats had in bringing this matter forward should mitigate the seriousness or the potential validity of those claims?
Do you recall exactly how many times you had 'too many beers'?
How did you know when you had reached the point of having 'too many beers'?
Could you describe in detail the times when you claimed you had 'too many beers'?
Would you characterize your attitude about your own drinking habits as 'defensive'?
Are having a summer job and casually drinking on weeknights mutually exclusive activities?
If you believe that your drinking did not affect your judgment and inhibition, why did you stop yourself from drinking while you had a summer job?
How can you be certain that you did not forget that such a night happened considering you drank 'too many beers' on several occasions?
Would you agree that the ingestion of alcohol has the capability to affect your judgment and your actions?
Do you think that including ‘Devil’s Triangle’, which you claimed to be a drinking game, is an indication that you drank very frequently?
If people who knew you personally during high school were to describe your drinking habits, would their descriptions be accurate?
Would you agree with your former college roommate James Roche's characterization of your behavior as "aggressive and belligerent" while you were drunk?
On the Yearbook & High School
If the innuendo of 'Renate Alumnus' in your yearbook was intended as a compliment, why was she unaware of it until now?
Why did Renate Schroeder, upon finding out about that yearbook entry, call it "deeply hurtful"?
Do you think that reasonable people could come to the conclusion that there is indeed innuendo present in that?
Did you consider that fact when you wrote the yearbook entry, thinking that it could be construed in a different way?
Why did you choose to make a display of ‘affection’ to Renate Schroder and none of the other women in your social circle?
How would you reconcile the fact that you claim to have shared a kiss with Schroeder, but her lawyer denies that happening?
In the context that you have explained the term 'boofed' (as flatulence), do you think it makes sense to ask someone at age 18 whether they have "boofed yet"?
Can you describe the specific mechanics of the 'Devil's Triangle', which you claim to be a drinking game?
When did you and your friends invent this game?
Why did you decide to name this game 'Devil's Triangle'?
You claim to have a weak stomach, which is why you 'ralphed' at 'Beach Week'. Could you tell me what specifically caused you to ralph during Beach Week?
Can you describe what activities took place in the '100 Kegs or Bust' club?
Why there is no mention of ralphing outside of Beach Week?
Do you explicitly deny that the term FFFFFFF refers to 'Find them, French them, Feel them, Finger them, F*ck them, Forget them, Forever'?
If the term FFFFFFF was used to refer to a friend's stuttering, can you give examples of other words that this person commonly stuttered with?
Can you explain why you chose to use exactly seven Fs in the FFFFFFF entry? Did that match the exact stuttering pattern of your friend?
What were the criteria that made an event important enough to write down on your calendar?
Why did your father begin to keep calendars when you were already a teenager? Can you recall a memory of when your father read you nostalgic events from his calendar?
You've alluded to the cringeworthy nature of some of your actions during high school. What are some of those actions?
What did you mean when you said "What happens at Georgetown Prep stays at Georgetown Prep"?
On Mark Judge
Do you believe that Mark Judge's issues with substance abuse should preclude him from testifying?
Do you think that Judge's testimony would help exonerate you and clear your name?
Are you aware that Judge's title according to his publisher is a 'public speaker'?
Given that Dr. Ford came to testify despite her fear of flying, do you think that it is reasonable to expect Judge to be capable of testifying as well?
Do you think that even after/if you are confirmed, that Judge should testify?
Did Judge tell you that he was writing a memoir?
Did Judge mention that he would include stories of times in his life where you would undoubtedly have been present, the two of you having been best friends?
You mentioned that you were primarily focused on your studies and athletics in high school, but how does that reconcile with the fact that Judge, your best friend, was an admitted binge drinker?
On Sexual Assault
How do you define sexual assault, considering that you say you've never committed sexual assault?
What do you define as being a virgin?
Are there any sexual acts that you do not include in the definition of virginity?
Why were you a virgin until college?
Do you believe that people present in the room at the time of an assault or rape that do not actively participate still bear some responsibility for the events happening there?
If someone holding or seeking political office is accused of sexual assault, what in your mind is an appropriate procedure to resolve these allegations?
Do you believe that all of the people who are associated with you and come out against you hold as much credibility as the people who are supporting you, including the people that signed that letter?
Are you aware as to when that letter was put together, including specific times regarding when the testimonials were requested?
What did you mean when you said in 2001 that "Reminders to everyone to be very, very vigilant [with regard to] confidentiality on all issues and all fronts, including with spouses" regarding a sailing trip you took that summer with friends?
Are there any conditions under which you would voluntarily withdraw your bid to become a Supreme Court justice?
Do you believe that you are entitled to hold a Supreme Court seat?
Do you think that if there is a shadow of a doubt as to your innocence, you should still be confirmed?
Do you think that telling a single lie over the course of these hearings is grounds for disqualification for your nomination?
What is your opinion on judges Amy Barrett and Thomas Hardiman? Do you think they are qualified to serve on the Supreme Court?
In your courtroom, would you accept a statement by friends of the accused attesting to his or her character as definitive proof of *not* doing something?
Did you join your daughters in praying for Dr. Ford? What specifically did you pray for?
Plus, questions for members of the committee
You do remember when you proposed delaying Barack Obama's rightful Supreme Court pick until after the 2020 elections when it looked all but certain that Hillary Clinton was going to be the next president of the United States?
Are you okay?
Are you forgetting that sometimes Democrats get accused of this kind of stuff too? (see: Bill Clinton, Anthony Weiner, Keith Ellison, and your-former-colleague-on-the-judiciary-committee Al Franken)
Wasn't there a time when you were cast as someone in the mold of John McCain, considered to be the next Republican maverick?
Do you really think this is the biggest sham in American political history?
Does the name Merrick Garland ring a bell?
Do you remember that as recently as a year ago, Neil Gorsuch was approved WITH Democratic votes (Heidi Heitkamp, Joe Manchin, and Joe Donnelly)?
Did you decide that you were going to support Brett Kavanaugh before Dr. Ford's testimony, or before he was even nominated?
Was it a threat that you and the GOP will plant false accusations about future Democratic judicial nominees?
Is this really how you want to go out?
Do you just want attention from everyone?
Do you pretend to be undecided so people will listen for just a bit before you go back to being irrelevant?
When can we expect your next blistering speech on the Senate floor?
Is this whole calling-for-an-investigation thing just an attempt to extend your time in the political spotlight
Didn't you just say before the hearing that you'd vote 'no' if you believed Dr. Ford's testimony, and during the hearings didn't you describe her testimony as "compelling"?
Why would you agree to advance Kavanaugh out of committee if you still wanted to introduce an investigation?