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New Details in the “Envelope Case” From the Kavanaugh Hearings Raise More Questions

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – October 5, 2018

During last Thursday's Senate hearing on accusations against SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) was caught on camera slipping a mysterious white envelope to Dr.Ford’s attorney, Michael Bromwich.

The video that appears to show Congresswoman Lee just after shaking hands with the Dr.Ford’s attorney hands over the envelope and retreats, was widely shared via Social media and got millions of views. No wonder then that social media erupted over the weekend with all manner of speculation.

It would be quite interesting to analyze what happened there during the Senate hearing. The public hearing in Senate Judiciary committee at the Dirksen Office building started on Thursday, September 27, at 10 AM.

Michael Bromwich took his seat at the desk on the left hand side of Dr. Ford at 10:03 AM. He was dressed in a dark suit, white shirt and a blue tie. He brought with him two document organizers – one of them is closed and dark-brown, the second one is light brown and unzipped. Bromwich laid down his organizers on the table and sat down.

In the very moment we see Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee with a green scarf slowly passing by somewhere in the back row. Lee had a quick glance at the table where Dr. Ford sat and then disappeared from view.

New Details in the “Envelope Case” From the Kavanaugh Hearings Raise More Questions

10:03:50 AM ET: From his left side an aide came up and put a document in front of Bromwich.

New Details in the “Envelope Case” From the Kavanaugh Hearings Raise More Questions

Bromwich took a quick look at the paper, and left it lying on the table.

10:04:23 AM ET: Bromwich takes out a pen from his right inside jacket pocket, but we do not see any documents or envelopes there. Bromwich definitely knows what is in his jacket pocket.

New Details in the “Envelope Case” From the Kavanaugh Hearings Raise More Questions

10:30:45 AM ET: Sen. Dianne Feinstein tells about two more women, accusing judge Kavanaugh.

“In the last few days two more women have come forward with their own serious allegations of sexual assault involving Brett Kavanaugh,” Feinstein said. “We learned about Debbie Ramirez who was a student at Yale with Brett Kavanaugh. She too did not want to come forward, but after being approached by reporters, she told her story. She was at a college party where Kavanaugh exposed himself to her. She recalls pushing him away and then seeing him laughing and pulling his pants up. Then yesterday, Judy Swetnik came forward to detail experiences of being at house parties with judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. She recounted seeing Kavanaugh engage, and I quote abusive and physically aggressive behavior towards girls. Not taking no for an answer, grabbing girls without consent and targeting particular girls so that they could be taken advantage of, end quote. These are traveling on their own and each of these allegations should be investigated by the FBI. They would like to investigate please do so. All three have said they have other witnesses and evidence”.

As we can see, Senate Judiciary committee had the information about at least two other women and had their names and testimony before the hearings.

10:30:45 AM ET: Judiciary committee Chair Sen. Chuck Grassley swears Dr. Ford and Dr. Ford’s attorney, Michael Bromwich was not sworn.

11:27:35 AM ET: Judiciary committee Chair Sen. Chuck Grassley announces a break for 15 minutes.

Michael Bromwich stands up while Dr. Ford is still sitting, she tells him something, he responds, they’re both laughing and smiling.

New Details in the “Envelope Case” From the Kavanaugh Hearings Raise More Questions

11:27:45 AM ET: We see Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee is milling around the room and then quickly approaches Bromwich from behind for some reason.

New Details in the “Envelope Case” From the Kavanaugh Hearings Raise More Questions

11:27:53 AM ET: Congresswoman Lee shakes hands with Dr. Ford’s attorney and says something to him.

New Details in the “Envelope Case” From the Kavanaugh Hearings Raise More Questions

11:27:55 AM ET: We see Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee holding envelopes in her right hand covered with her scarf and then shows them to Michael Bromwich.

New Details in the “Envelope Case” From the Kavanaugh Hearings Raise More Questions

11:27:57 AM ET: Congresswoman Shiela Jackson Lee is passing envelopes to Bromwich.

New Details in the “Envelope Case” From the Kavanaugh Hearings Raise More Questions

11:27:58 AM ET: Ms. Ford's attorney takes envelopes with his left hand, looking at them for less than a second. We clearly can see three envelopes. Two white ones with a blue one in the middle.

New Details in the “Envelope Case” From the Kavanaugh Hearings Raise More Questions

At the very moment Bromwich in a blink-and-you-miss-it moment slipped it into his inside jacket right pocket with one move, nodding his head. Bromwich looks like he was expecting the envelope.

New Details in the “Envelope Case” From the Kavanaugh Hearings Raise More Questions

Sheila Jackson Lee's looking around while Michael Bromwich deftly tucking the envelope into his inside jacket pocket.

New Details in the “Envelope Case” From the Kavanaugh Hearings Raise More Questions

11:27:59 AM ET: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee retreats, she looks uneasy and nervous. Bromwich did not put the envelopes into one of his document organizers on the table or did not handed over envelopes to Ford.

New Details in the “Envelope Case” From the Kavanaugh Hearings Raise More Questions

11:28:15 AM ET: Debra Katz, Christine Blasey Ford and Michael Bromwich are leaving the Senate Judiciary hearing room. Bromwich is leaving the room holding his folios with his left hand.

11:45:15 AM ET: After a 15 minutes break, the hearings resumed. Debra Katz, Christine Blasey Ford and Michael Bromwich entered the hearing room and took their seats. Bromwich has the same paper organizers with him.

11:45:15 AM ET: Bromwich takes his seat and we do not see the envelopes in his inside jacket pocket.

New Details in the “Envelope Case” From the Kavanaugh Hearings Raise More Questions

12:40:20 AM ET: The lunch break for 30 minutes is announced.

12:40:45 AM ET: Michael Bromwich takes a document from the table, reads it then folds and puts it in his light-brown organizer, not in his jacket pocket.

New Details in the “Envelope Case” From the Kavanaugh Hearings Raise More Questions

12:40:35 AM ET: Debra Katz, Christine Blasey Ford and Michael Bromwich are leaving the Senate Judiciary hearing room. Bromwich is leaving the room holding his folios with his right hand.

1:10:45 PM ET: Senate hearings are resumed, Debra Katz, Christine Blasey Ford and Michael Bromwich are back to the room and took their seats.

1:11:33 PM ET: Michael Bromwich takes out a pen from his inside jacket pocket. The envelopes are not there.

New Details in the “Envelope Case” From the Kavanaugh Hearings Raise More Questions

1:35:45 PM ET: Rachel Mitchell, the Arizona prosecutor employed by the committee, pressed Ford on the nature of her legal representation asking: “You mentioned some time ago "GoFundMe" accounts. Besides those, are there any other efforts outside of their own personal finance to pay for your legal fees or any of the costs occurred?”

“It is my understanding that some of my team is working on a pro bono basis. I don't know the exact details. There are members of the community and Palo Alto that have the means to contribute to help me with his security detail, et cetera,” Dr. Ford replied, but she was interrupted by her attorney Bromwich. “I can help you with that. Both counsels are doing this pro bono.” Michael Bromwich told the committee. “We are not being paid and we have no expectation of being paid.” Interesting to note, that this question was addressed to Dr. Ford, and she was placed under oath before she could testify in the Senate Judiciary committee.

1:50:45 PM ET: Judiciary committee Chair Sen. Chuck Grassley closed the Senate hearing.

What Michael Bromwich did not mention in his answer was that he not only was not being paid for his time representing Ford – he also left his job at a Washington law firm where he served as senior counsel.

According to Bloomberg, Bromwich, 64, resigned from Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber LLP, as some of the partners at the firm had objected to his decision to represent Ford.

Rule 6.1 of the D.C. Rules of Professional Conduct (DC Bar Rule) says that “A lawyer should participate in serving those persons, or groups of persons, who are unable to pay all or a portion of reasonable attorney’s fees or who are otherwise unable to obtain counsel.”

Two separate GoFundMe pages have been set up to raise money for Ford, with one focusing on paying for her security costs, which reached 209,987 of a $175,000 goal within nine days — and the other titled ‘Help Christine Blasey Ford’ raking in $532,975 of $150,000 goal since September 18th. Both of the campaigns pages for Ford have now stopped accepting donations.

On October 3, Dr. Ford published on her GoFundMe page a statements saying: “The costs for security, housing, transportation and other related expenses are much higher than we anticipated and they do not show signs of letting up. Funds received via this account will be used to help us pay for these mounting expenses.”

Not only did Michael Bromwich represent Andrew McCabe of FBI anti-Trump conspiracy infamy, but he was also called upon by Barack Obama to replace S. Elizabeth Birnbaum on June 21, 2010 following the scandals and mismanagement of the Minerals Management Service (MMS) as exposed during the BP Deepwater Horizon accident and oil spill. The BP oil spill was arguably President Obama's worst crisis, with even Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews, and Howard Fineman disappointed in his lack of leadership.

Now he turns up as Christine Blasey Ford's “unpaid” attorney.

Rep. Lee's office sent a statement out claiming the envelope contained notes for Dr. Ford.

"Simply, what was passed were unopened stationery notes to counsel for Dr. Ford from women who wanted to enter the hearing room but were not allowed to enter the hearing room," the statement read.

But what do “unopened stationery notes” mean? If they were unopened, how Democratic congresswoman Lee knew that these were “notes to counsel for Dr. Ford from women” and not something else? Where did she get these “stationery notes”?

Why would she use the word "stationary" notes? You could simply call them notes from these women. Offering unnecessary/too much information is one of science-based tips on detecting a liar. When people are untruthful, they will exaggerate their words to make it seem true. Maybe this is the case?

Who were these women? We already know that Sen. Dianne Feinstein told about two more women, accusing judge Kavanaugh. In case of new accusations, the documents supposed to be handed right to Sen. Dianne Feinstein or Chair Sen. Chuck Grassley.

If it was "notes" from supporting women, then why wouldn't Lee give them to Ford? That type of information could have been handed right to him so it was open to all, like a Bailiff hands something to a Judge or lawyer. You don't slip it out of your cuff and under handily to the pocket of another, there’s a certain procedure. Or public hearing in Senate Judiciary committee is an exception from all rules?

Why Michael Bromwich was very quick and sneaky in stuffing the envelope into his inside pocket without even looking at these important “stationery notes” from women? If there were stationery notes from supporting women, then why not provide the contents to the public– during a public hearing?

On the next day Rep. Lee led House Democrats to the Senate Judiciary Committee to “demand a postponement on the Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings until the FBI investigates”.

New Details in the “Envelope Case” From the Kavanaugh Hearings Raise More Questions

First time they stood, capitol security told them, “Excuse me ladies, you will have to sit down or you’ll have to leave.” One responded, “Sir, we are members of Congress, I dare you to remove us.”

Actually nobody is surprised seeing how the "notes" are handed here and there in the Senate. You won’t find the statute that says that giving an envelope with the "notes" to an “unpaid” attorney is a criminal offense. It looks like Rep. Lee doesn't even care who knows it, and who is going to stop them? This is just how the things are there. But people are just surprised at the brazenness of passing it on camera.

Author: USA Really