A member of Christine Blasey Ford's legal team killed a popular narrative pushed by liberals claiming to have pinned down a possible date for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault of Ford.
Anti-Kavanaugh senators and left-wing activists claimed, using Kavanaugh's own calendar, that the attack could have taken place at a July 1, 1982, party. However, Ford's team pointedly said this week that the assault did not occur on that date, Politico reported.
What are the details?
According to one of the members of Ford's legal team — who spoke to Politico on the condition of anonymity — the FBI interviewed people named on Kavanaugh's personal calendar from 1982 and who were reportedly present for a July 1, 1982, gathering.
The team member said, however, that Ford did not believe July 1 was the night of the alleged assault, because she didn't recall that some of those people listed on Kavanaugh's calendar entry for July 1 were actually at the event where the purported attack took place.
“[Ford] would have told them that she never considered July 1 as a possible date, because of some of the people listed on his calendar who she knew well and would have remembered,” the team member told Politico.
The team member went on to say that the FBI wrongly focused on that date, despite the fact that anti-Kavanaugh Democrats made the July 1 calendar entry a focus of their opposition to and accusations against the nominee.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I) vehemently insisted that the alleged incident may well have occurred on that date. He went so far as to graphically highlight the names listed on the July 1, 1982, calendar entry to make his case during one of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the Kavanaugh nomination.
To date, Ford herself has not produced a date for the alleged attack, nor has she produced any concrete evidence that the assault itself actually occurred.
Who did the FBI talk to?
According to the report, the FBI interviewed people who were reportedly present for a gathering on July 1, 1982. One such person at the July 1 gathering was a young man that Ford dated.
The team member said, according to Politico, that Ford would also have told the FBI that the evening of the alleged assault was simply a regular night and that there'd be no reason for those in attendance to remember it in particular.
“[Ford] would have also told the FBI that it was just a regular summer night for everyone else who was there,” the team member said. “There would have been no reason for them to remember it.”