Dianne Feinstein’s Secret Plan
Did California Senator Dianne Feinstein have a secret plan? It appears so. Feinstein has been widely condemned for delaying the release of Christine Blasey Ford’s letter alleging sexual assault charges against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The most commonly held belief is that she waited until the eleventh hour to go public as a means of disrupting and delaying confirmation hearings.
But there may have been another reason. Consider that even before Ford appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee on September 27th, she was represented by high profile attorneys, Michael Bromwich, Debra Katz and Lisa Banks (Katz and Banks are partners in the law firm Katz, Marshall & Banks). How did a previously little-known private citizen, living in California come to have three prominent Washington, DC-area attorneys represent her?
In fact, that’s not much of a mystery. During a statement made during the hearing, Senator Lindsey Graham asked Kavanaugh if he was aware that when he spoke to Feinstein on August 20th, her staff had already recommended an attorney to Ford. Graham also stated that by August 20th, Feinstein had been in possession of Ford’s letter for over 20 days.
If you want to give Feinstein the benefit of the doubt, she may in fact have been delaying release of Ford’s letter as a means of making an 11th hour blitz to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Or, as she has stated, the delay may have been to ‘protect’ Ford’s identity, as she never intended to release the letter publicly, and did so only after its content were leaked to the press. But that doesn’t wash, because long before the letter was leaked, Feinstein had already taken steps to find legal representation for Ford.
The plot to blow up the hearings
The more likely scenario is that Feinstein recognized that Ford’s incendiary letter was precisely the Improvised Explosive Device she needed to blow up the hearings. But to use it effectively, she needed time. Time to contact potential attorneys. Time to determine their willingness to represent Ford. Time for attorneys and client to discuss plans. Time for attorneys to rehearse Ford’s testimony and craft a script.
There’s nothing nefarious about any of that. Attorney-client discussion and attorney-directed rehearsal are standard procedure before a client testifies. However, in Ford’s case, the participants would have been in an impossible time crunch without some delaying tactics. and their recruitment leaves no doubt as to the fact that Democrats were in a full court press to paint Kavanaugh as being unfit for an appointment to the Supreme Court.
Apparently, more prep time was needed than originally anticipated, and delaying release of Ford’s letter didn’t provide that. Hence the Ford will testify, Ford won’t testify oscillation and the fear of flying fabrication. The fact that Ford was allegedly never told by her attorneys that interviews could be held in California is additional evidence that Feinstein and cohorts wanted ample time to prepare Ford prior to her testifying.
Ford’s attorneys have stated that they are not being paid, yet having been recruited by Feinstein, a ranking Democrat, they are almost guaranteed some form of future payment. Feinstein now owes them. It most certainly won’t be a direct cash payment, but Katz, Banks and Bromwich now hold a marker of significant debt. Any doubt that they will have little trouble collecting?
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