U.S. Supreme Court
New ideas surface after Kavanaugh documentary is unveiled at Sundance
January 24, 2023, 11:38 am CST
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh.
Documentary filmmakers plan to add new data to their film about allegations of sexual misconduct in opposition to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh after receiving new tips in the course of the 2023 Sundance Film Festival.
Director Doug Liman mentioned after a screening of the film Friday night his group would reopen filming due to new information obtained after the pageant introduced the brand new addition to the lineup Thursday.
The Salt Lake Tribune, the Washington Post and Slate are among the publications with coverage.
Some of the tipsters mentioned they’d submitted info to the FBI before Kavanaugh’s confirmation, but it was not investigated.
The film, referred to as Justice, “is devoid of bombshells,” according to the Slate story by a senior editor who attended the screening.
Although Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford makes a quick look within the documentary, the film tells her story through her 2018 testimony throughout Kavanaugh’s affirmation hearing. Ford had alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a celebration after they had been high school students.
The movie additionally includes allegations by Deborah Ramirez, a Yale classmate of Kavanaugh’s who claimed that Kavanaugh uncovered himself and thrust his genitals in her face throughout a drinking get together. An interview with Ramirez “forms the movie’s spine” and provides her “the public platform she never got in front of the Senate,” the Washington Post said.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegations.
The movie also includes allegations by one other Yale classmate, Max Stier, now the president and CEO of the Partnership for Public Service.
“If there’s a smoking gun in Liman’s movie,” the Washington Post mentioned, “it’s a voice message left on the FBI tip line from Max Stier.”
Stier mentioned he heard others at Yale speaking about Kavanaugh’s sexual assault of Ramirez, according to Slate, which doesn’t see his recorded call as “anything close to a smoking gun.”
Stier additionally stated Kavanaugh had pulled his pants down at a second celebration, while others compelled a scholar to carry Kavanaugh’s penis, based on the Washington Post. That woman’s associates previously told reporters for the New York Times that she doesn’t bear in mind the incident. Stier was not interviewed for the movie.
The Washington Post contacted the Supreme Court’s info workplace for comment but did not hear back. The FBI’s nationwide press office didn’t touch upon the documentary when contacted by the Washington Post. But the office said it conducts solely fact-finding and background investigations for the nomination course of.
“The scope of the background investigation is requested by the White House,” an agency spokeswoman told the Washington Post in a statement. “The FBI does not have the impartial authority to expand the scope of a supplemental background investigation outside the requesting agency’s parameters.”