Author: The Intercept/MNI Media | Date: 03 October 2018
Since The Intercept broke the story of an allegation against Brett Kavanaugh, the battle over his Supreme Court nomination has reignited a national debate in the United States over sexual assault, privilege and impunity.
The Intercept reporters have continued to investigate and publish several stories related to this case – and given the extent of our commitment, we are compiling our Kavanaugh-related coverage under the rubric “Supreme Privilege.”
In an article published last week, Peter Maass investigated Kavanaugh’s relationship with Mark Judge, the other person Ford says was in the room during her assault, examining the culture of drinking and aggression at Georgetown Prep high school. And as more accusations against Kavanaugh develop, Ryan Grim and Akela Lacy questioned what Kavanaugh knew about the sexual harassment committed by his mentor, Judge Alex Kozinski, examining the timeline of their relationship, as well as showing how Sen. Chris Coons cornered Kavanaugh about the harassment.
This week, senior politics editor Briahna Gray wrote a detailed analysis of Maricopa County prosecutor Rachel Mitchell’s “independent assessment” of Ford’s allegations. In her article, Gray questions Mitchell’s choice to “weigh small memory lapses […] while ignoring Kavanaugh’s significant omissions,” and states that “Ford’s actions have been broadly consistent with witness statements and available evidence.” She also points out that Mitchell repeated several of Kavanaugh’s talking points on the memo, including the questionable statement that Ford had “struggled to identify Judge Kavanaugh as the assailant by name.”
In a complimentary investigation, reporters Jordan Smith and Liliana Segura wrote about inconsistencies between Rachel Mitchell’s independent memo, which casts Ford’s case as unusually weak, and the way in which Arizona prosecutors often pursue sexual assault allegations. “Prosecutors in Maricopa County aren’t exactly known for their restraint when it comes to pursuing convictions,” wrote the reporters. Smith and Segura highlight the case of Courtney Bisbee, who was accused of and prosecuted for sexually molesting a 13-year-old boy, despite significant exculpatory evidence available to the prosecutors.
And today's episode of "Intercepted," the podcast hosted by The Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill, features an interview with Rep. Hank Johnson, the man who could pose a real threat to Kavanaugh. If Democrats retake the House, Johnson will become the chair of a subcommittee that has subpoena power to continue the investigation of Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault.