Conservative attorney and legal commentator Ed Whelan told The Washington Post that he did not communicate with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh or the White House in drawing up his ‘mistaken identity’ theory of Christine Blasey Ford’s sexual assault allegation against the judge.
> “I have not communicated at all with [White House counsel] Don McGahn or anyone at the White House, or Judge Kavanaugh, about the topic of the Twitter thread,” Whelan said when reached by phone.
> Whelan’s comment follows his apology on Twitter Friday morning for naming a former classmate of Kavanaugh’s and suggesting the man could be responsible for the assault Ford alleges.
> “I made an appalling and inexcusable mistake of judgment in posting the tweet thread in a way that identified Kavanaugh’s Georgetown Prep classmate,” Whelan wrote at 8:38 a.m.
> “I take full responsibility for that mistake, and I deeply apologize for it. I realize that does not undo the mistake,” he wrote.
The Post previously reported Friday that Kavanaugh and his allies had discussed a defense strategy that would not accuse Ford of lying but would suggest someone other than Kavanaugh was to blame.