On Thursday, during his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh repeated a phrase several times that could amount to lying under oath/perjury.
Kavanaugh kept saying “the witnesses who were there say it didn’t happen,” referring to the party where the alleged assault of Christine Blasey Ford happened when the two were teenagers.
This phrase is problematic, as Seth Abramson explains:
2/ It’s false to say “the witnesses who were there say it didn’t happen”; this is the truth: 1) A “codefendant” claimed innocence—then refused to testify. 2) Two non-bystanders to whom nothing happened said they couldn’t recall the party. 3) Kavanaugh gave a self-serving denial.
3/ Simple rule of thumb in criminal trials: innocent witnesses don’t mischaracterize the testimony of others
4/ I’m trying to figure out what a guy who’d needlessly lie under oath before Congress about whether he watched the testimony preceding his *wouldn’t* lie about