Ethics and Public Policy Center President Ed Whelan might have coordinated with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in putting together his alternative theory of Christine Blasey Ford’s high school sexual assault, The Washington Post suggested Friday.
Whelan published his theory via Twitter Thursday night, essentially accusing another man — whose full name and photo he included in the public tweetstorm — of the sexual assault.
Circumstantial evidence suggests the office of Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) was at the very least aware of Whelan’s work on the theory, but the Post’s reporting implies that Kavanaugh could have been involved as well:
> Whelan has been involved in helping to advise Kavanaugh’s confirmation effort and is close friends with both Kavanaugh and Leonard Leo, the head of the Federalist Society who has been helping to spearhead the nomination. Kavanaugh and Whelan also worked together in the Bush administration.
> Kavanaugh and his allies have been privately discussing a defense that would not question whether an incident involving Ford happened, but instead would raise doubts that the attacker was Kavanaugh, according to a person familiar with the discussions.
Ford has dismissed the idea that she mistook someone else for Kavanaugh, telling the Post that she knew both individuals in question:
> “I knew them both, and socialized with” the other classmate, Ford said, adding that she had once visited him in the hospital. “There is zero chance that I would confuse them.”