Did Orrin Hatch Help Ed Whelan Blame An Innocent Man For Kavanaugh's Misdeeds?

Ed Whelan put forth a theory of mistaken identity that appears to have been primed earlier in the week by Sen. Hatch.

When friend and defender of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Ed Whelan issued his Thursday night tweetstorm accusing another man of Christine Blasey Ford’s alleged sexual assault, it appeared the conservative attorney had put together the theory on his own.

But circumstantial evidence suggests that Whelan might have coordinated his defense of Kavanaugh with the office of Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).

Monday, September 17, 2018

Hatch told CNN that after speaking with Kavanaugh, who firmly denies Ford’s accusation, he believes the psychologist is “mixed up” on the details of the incident:

> “I talked to [Kavanaugh] on the phone today…[he said] he didn’t do that, and he wasn’t at the party,” Hatch said. “So, you know, clearly, somebody’s mixed up.”

Asked if he believes Ford, Hatch said, “I think she’s mistaken. I think she’s…she’s mistaking something, but I don’t know. I mean, I don’t know her.”

Hatch’s Deputy Chief of Staff and Communications Direct Matthew Whitlock also confirmed the senator’s conversation with Kavanaugh, telling the Washington Examiner Monday that this could be a case of mistaken identity:

> “He told Senator Hatch he was not at a party like the one she describes, and that Dr. Ford, who acknowledged to the Washington Post that she did not remember some key details of the incident may be mistaking him for someone else.”

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Whitlock then went on to tweet — and then delete — that attention should be paid to Whelan’s Twitter over the next few days:

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Ed Whelan issued his now deleted tweetstorm claiming that Brett Kavanaugh is a victim of mistaken identity — the same defense issued by Hatch.

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