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Are Republicans muddying the waters by dumping anonymous allegations against Kavanaugh?

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On Wednesday night, the eve of the hearings where Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and one of his accusers Christine Blasey Ford are to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, a torrent of additional allegations against the jurist started appearing in the press and on social media. Unlike the claims of Ford and two other women, these new allegations were anonymous and at times improbable.

As Politico writer Elana Schor explained, these new allegations came from documents released by Republican staffers in the Senate Judiciary Committee. They grew out of a process whereby the committee was investigating all leads sent to it, even unlikely ones. A senior Democratic aide complained to Schor that the GOP was “now releasing anonymous allegations in an effort to make all allegations look frivolous.”

Schor’s Twitter thread on the subject is worth reading:

Whatever the motives for the information dump, it was an irresponsible move that will only sow confusion. It illustrates the fact that in a judicial nomination, reports of criminal activity should be handed over to law enforcement agencies like the FBI, rather than kept in partisan hands.