Early Monday morning, the Sentinel opined, “Josh Hawley and his strategists should read [the Mitchell report] carefully. They should then ask Hawley’s Senate opponent, Claire McCaskill, if she approves the Democratic strategy to defeat Kavanaugh. If she does not approve, they should ask her to denounce it publicly.”
Okay, this is likely a coincidence, but still . . .
Hours later, as reported by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Hawley called “for a special counsel investigation of how Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., handled the sexual assault allegations of Christine Blasey Ford against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.”
“Senate Democrats exploited Dr. Ford and smeared Judge Kavanaugh, all for political gain,” said Hawley. “The American people deserve to know how Dr. Ford’s confidentially was violated and what Senator Feinstein and her Democrat colleagues were doing behind the scenes for months. If Senator McCaskill is in search of the truth, she should join me in supporting an investigation of her Democrat allies.”
Hawley accused the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee of “deliberate maneuvers” to obstruct Kavanaugh’s nomination. He spoke of the “very troubling ethical questions, possible legal questions” about the handling of Ford’s allegations.
According to the Post-Dispatch, McCaskill told the editorial board on Friday that “while she may not agree with how Feinstein handled the allegations, she did not believe it was part of a ‘conspiracy’ to derail Kavanaugh at the 11th hour.”
Over the weekend Sen. Diana Feinstein tweeted, “from the moment I received Dr. Ford’s letter my actions have been consistent with her wishes. We kept her letter confidential and did not leak the contents or its existence to anyone.”
Someone leaked the Ford letter, and there are very few suspects. A special counsel may be a little excessive, but Hawley is right to ask McCaskill to join him in a call for an investigation.