Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who initially accused newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, revealed Friday their client will not pursue additional action against Kavanaugh.
The development is very significant.
What are the details?
Ford's lead attorneys, Debra Katz and Lisa Banks, told CNN that Ford will not seek to have Kavanaugh impeached should Democrats regain control of Congress after the midterm elections.
"Professor Ford has not asked for anything of the sort. What she did was to come forward and testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and agree to cooperate with any investigation by the FBI and that's what she sought to do here," Katz said.
CNN host Dana Bash later asked Katz directly whether Ford wants Kavanaugh impeached. "No," Katz said.
Meanwhile, Banks said Ford has no regrets about coming forward or testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"I don't think she has any regrets. I think she feels like she did the right thing," Banks said. "And this was what she wanted to do, which was provide this information to the committee so they could make the best decision possible. And I think she still feels that was the right thing to do, so I don't think she has any regrets."
However, despite Ford's insistence that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in the summer of 1982 at a small house party in suburban Maryland, Banks and Katz made no mention of Ford filing a police report in Montgomery County, Maryland, the jurisdiction where the alleged crime occurred.
Why is this very significant?
As the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office explained last month, no person has ever come forward to file a police report in the alleged incident, which is why local law enforcement never initiated an investigation.
There have been questions about whether the statue of limitations apply, but Montgomery County law enforcement said they were prepared to investigate should Ford officially file a police report.
But she never did.
Yet she insisted during her Senate testimony that she was 100 percent certain it was Kavanaugh who assaulted her in the summer of 1982 despite his vehement denials.
So, if it was Kavanaugh as Ford alleges, why not file a police report? Why, now that Kavanaugh has been confirmed to the Supreme Court, stop pursuing the allegations altogether, especially if they are true?
That's a question Americans will need to ponder as they reflect on the Kavanaugh confirmation debacle.