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Senate staff talked to men who believe they, not Kavanaugh, had 1982 encounter with Ford, docs show

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Two men have told Senate Judiciary Committee staffers that they believe they -- not Judge Brett Kavanaugh -- had the sexual encounter with Christine Blasey Ford which is the basis of her sexual assault allegation against the Supreme Court nominee.

Documents released by majority members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday evening threw a new wrinkle into the accusations against Kavanaugh, the night before he and Ford are scheduled to testify about the situation.

Republican members of the committee released a summary timeline of staff activities related to the numerous sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh. The timeline includes several bullet points that indicate two men have said Kavanaugh did not sexually assault Christine Blasey Ford at a 1982 party -- because they did it.

Daily Mail political editor David Martosko posted screenshots from the timeline on Twitter, highlighting these key items.

What did the documents say?

From Sept. 24:

  • Committee staff have first interview with a man who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982 that is the basis of his complaint. He submitted a written statement earlier in the day.

From Sept. 25:

  • Committee staff have a second interview with a man who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter with Dr. Ford in the summer of 1982 that is the basis of her allegation. He described his recollection of their interaction in some detail.

And from Sept. 26:

  • Committee staff receive a more in-depth written statement from the man interviewed twice previously who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter in question with Dr. Ford.
  • Committee investigative staff spoke via phone with another man who believes he, not Judge Kavanaugh, had the encounter with Dr. Ford in 1982 that is the basis of her allegation. He explained his recollection of the details of the encounter.

What else do we know?

Not much, and that's a problem for some people who accuse the Senate Republicans of maliciously releasing this information, with little detail, the night before Ford is scheduled to testify.

Elana Schor of Politico pointed out the potential chaos that will result from senators having to address questions about these newly-released details first thing Thursday morning.

One last thing…
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