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Sunday, September 23, 2018

A Perfect Tweetstorm: Senate And FBI Must Probe Whelan Hoax

While the Senate Judiciary Committee ponders the disputed allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh assaulted Christine Blasey Ford, its members must also contend with the indisputable fact that Kavanaugh’s advocates have just perpetrated a massive deception on his behalf.

And they will have to consider the likelihood that Kavanaugh himself is implicated in that fraud — which attempted to frame another man who attended Georgetown Prep for the attempted rape of Ford circa 1983, and assert that the nominee is a victim of “mistaken identity.”

Carefully set forth in a series of tweets that featured maps, floor plans, and yearbook photos, and fronted by Ed Whelan — a prominent Washington lawyer who heads the right-wing Ethics and Public Policy Center — the hoax blew up on Friday morning when Whelan abruptly admitted his “appalling and inexcusable mistake in judgment.”

Saying he “deeply” apologized for smearing the innocent man, a Maryland middle-school teacher, Whelan tried to erase the widely mocked Twitter thread under his name.…

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You’re No Bob Mueller, Judge Starr

This article originally appeared on Creators.

In hawking his new memoir, Kenneth Starr displays all the dignity, fairness and proportion that characterized his pursuit of Bill Clinton’s impeachment two decades ago.

Which is to say not much.

Still, after being unceremoniously dumped from his jobs at Baylor University for covering up a sexual assault scandal, and with no prospect of a future federal appointment in sight, Starr suddenly had time to write the account of his misadventures that has been festering within for all these years. And his book, titled “Contempt,” inarguably arrives at an opportune moment, as another president faces criminal investigation and possible impeachment.…

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Brett Kavanaugh Exposed As Ken Starr’s Designated Leaker

During the lengthy investigation that led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment in 1998, the Office of the Independent Counsel (OIC), led by Kenneth Starr, leaked non-public information — including grand jury information whose release was allegedly illegal—to a stable of selected journalists, some of whom were identified by the OIC as “confidential informants.”

One of the OIC officials tasked to provide this non-public information — designed, in part, to smear Bill and Hillary Clinton — was Brett Kavanaugh, an accomplished Republican political operative whom Donald Trump has nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court.

During the spring of 1997, I received an offer of a $100,000 advance from a conservative publisher, Regnery Publishing, to research and write a book about the controversial death of Vincent Foster, President Clinton’s deputy White House counsel.…

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