The Republican-led Senate Judiciary Committee issued a 414-page summary report Saturday night on its investigations into alleged sexual abuse by then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, concluding that none of the incidents alleged during his confirmation hearing had any merit.
“This was a serious and thorough investigation that left no stone unturned in our pursuit of the facts,” said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the committee. “In the end, there was no credible evidence to support the allegations against the nominee.”
The report focused primarily on the high-profile accusations by Christine Blasey Ford, who claimed Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during the early 1980s at a high school party. In addition to her explosive public testimony on Sept. 27, the committee contacted 17 people with information relevant to her allegations.
Many of the names were redacted, but overall their statements undermined every aspect of the Ford incident.
According to the report, two unnamed men separately contacted the committee “claiming that they believed they had an encounter with Ford around the time of the alleged incident. Although each individual described details that in some respects seemed to fit Dr. Ford’s allegations against Justice Kavanaugh, both men described consensual encounters.”
The report also stated that three people who knew Ford when she attended the University of North Carolina told the committee that Ford had a “robust and active” social life there, contradicting her statement to the committee that the incident with Kavanaugh resulted in her having a limited social life.
Ford’s lawyers on Sunday did not respond to a request for comment on the committee report.
Also discussed in the report were allegations by other women who came forward during the confirmation process. Those incidents were also found to have no basis in fact, according to the report, and several have been referred to the Justice Department and the FBI for possible prosecution under federal law against providing “materially false statements” to the committee.
“Committee investigators found no witness who could provide any verifiable evidence to support any of the allegations brought against Justice Kavanaugh,” the committee concluded. “In other words, following the separate and extensive investigations by both the Committee and the FBI, there was no evidence to substantiate any of the claims of sexual assault made against Justice Kavanaugh.”