Last week, nearly half of the delegation of the Montgomery County House sent a letter to county police and the Maryland State Attorney to push for an investigation into the baseless claims of Christine Blasey Ford accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault more than three decades ago. And they have responded.
The letter was signed by 11 delegates:
- Kumar Barve
- Al Carr
- Bonnie Cullison
- Ariana B. Kelly
- Marc Korman
- David Moon
- Pam Queen
- Kirill Reznik
- Shane Robinson
- Ana Sol Gutierrez
- Jeff Waldstreicher
“We request an investigation be conducted if Christine Blasey Ford or other complainants support such an investigation,” the letter read. “We believe local law enforcement has the authority to investigate allegations of crimes without need for a formal complaint, and we further believe third parties have standing to bring such complaints.”
Both the Montgomery County Chief of Police and the Maryland State Attorney’s Office issued a joint response to the delegates’ letter. In that response, it would first require that Ford actually file a criminal complaint, something she has not done. Instead, she chose a political route, indicating that this was a political hit.
Furthermore, the delegation was told that the statute of limitations for Ford’s accusations had run out, adding just one more reason why the committee should have ignored her accusations.
The letter was addressed to Ariana B. Kelly. Here is the full response:
September 28, 2018
Ariana B. Kelly
Democratic Caucus Chair
Montgomery County House Delegation
Lowe House Office Building
6 Bladen Street
Annapolis, Maryland 21401
Dear Delegate Kelly:
This letter is in response to your September 25, 2018 request that the Montgomery County Police Department and State’s Attorney’s Office open a criminal investigation involving sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. First, let us be clear that our agencies take seriously all criminal reports of sexual assault or rape against any victim. The decision to report the crime of sexual assault or rape to law enforcement is a deeply personal one and a decision that must be made by the survivor. Our agencies understand and appreciate the impact that sexual assault has on survivors and investigates all reports to law enforcement to the fullest extent.
Law enforcement agencies and victim advocacy groups from around the nation promote a victim-centered policy toward sexual assault investigations. Efforts to note revictimize the sexual assault survivor are essential. We agree with the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault and their Executive Director, Lisae Jordan, that the willingness of a survivor to come forward to law enforcement is an important factor in any criminal investigation. We remain prepared to investigate any allegations, should a victim come forward.
To date, there have been no criminal reports filed with the Montgomery County Department of Police that would lead to the initiation of any criminal investigation related to Judge Kavanaugh. Furthermore, the law at the time the offense occured is the law that must be applied to any charges that might be brought. For example, in 1982, assault and attempted rape were both misdemeanors and subject to a one-year statue of limitations. The Montgomery County Police Department and the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office stand ready to investigate any sexual assault allegations from any victim where the incident occurred in our jurisdiction.
J. Thomas Manger
Chief of Police
Montgomery County Department of Police
John J. McCarthy
Montgomery County, Maryland
Meanwhile, on Saturday, Senator Bill Cassidy (R-LA) said that Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) should be placed under oath to determine whether or not she leaked a letter Ford sent her but never gave her permission to share with anyone else. However, we know there was Democrat corroboration in the matter at the same time that Ford sent her letter to Feinstein.
President Trump has issued an executive order for another investigation into Brett Kavanaugh in the meantime.
It seems Kavanaugh is the only person who was in the Senate Judiciary Committee room that is being investigated without any evidence to do so when there are clearly Democrat senators who we have seen evidence of committing crimes and Mrs. Ford who seem to walk between the raindrops when it comes to any sort of serious investigation.
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