What ever happened to Brett Kavanaugh?
For several agonizing months, this superbly qualified nominee for the position of associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court was the object of daily, vicious personal attacks made against him by the Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and their media cohorts. Attacks based solely upon nothing more than the uncorroborated and unsubstantiated allegations of sexual assault and attempted rape made by Christine Blasey Ford that supposedly took place more than 30 years ago, although no specific details were ever given.
Thankfully, Mr. Kavanaugh was finally confirmed, and almost instantaneously, he became yesterday’s news. Unfortunately, however, the many false accusations and the ensuing emotional and psychological damage done to him and his family will remain for a lifetime.
But Democrats don’t give a damn. To them, Kavanaugh was just collateral damage in their holy war against the hated Republican president, Donald J. Trump, the man who defeated “Crooked Hillary.”
In this country, our system of law is based upon the principles of “innocent until proven guilty” and “due process.” Accusations alone are not proof, which obviously the slimy Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee (several of whom were attorneys general of their respective states) certainly very well knew. But so what? They are lawyers — and their disgusting actions were guided by the unwritten motto of the legal profession, which seems to be “to hell with right or wrong, do and say whatever you think you can get away with!” That’s why people have such contempt for lawyers. But, I digress.
On Oct. 4, The Riverdale Press published my letter, “Engel needs to prove innocence,” in which I accused Rep. Eliot Engel of being a “sexual predator, possibly even a rapist” if he were to be held to the same reprehensible standard of “guilty until proven innocent” that the Democrats were using against Kavanaugh.
Several weeks later, Mr. Philip Schweitzer (not realizing my letter was a spoof) responded to me in his letter, “Engel is innocent.” In it, he asked the following questions: “Where is there any proof of malfeasance on Mr. Engel’s party in Mr. Gordon’s letter?” and “The burden of proof rests with the accuser. Whatever happened to the presumption of innocence?” But, Mr. Schweitzer, didn’t Judge Kavanaugh also deserve the presumption of innocence?
Now, let me respond to another of Mr. Schweitzer’s comments. He said, “Mr. Engel is a respected U.S. Congressman without any suspicion of malfeasance in office.” Evidently, Mr. Schweitzer doesn’t know much about the congressman’s past history. I will now compare Eliot Engel to Brett Kavanaugh.
During the confirmation hearing, Mr. Kavanaugh’s life was thoroughly gone through by Democratic operatives, and all they could come up with was that as a young man, he liked to party and drink a lot of beer, and he was involved in a bar fight in which he allegedly threw ice cubes at somebody, for which he was never charged. Kavanaugh was (and is) squeaky clean.
Congressman Engel, on the other hand, could stand an intense, industrial type moral and ethical cleansing. So pay attention, Mr. Schweitzer, while I list some of Mr. Engel’s transgressions.
• Eliot Engel, for a 10-year period ending in 2009 (when he was caught) falsely claimed his home in Potomac, Maryland (a suburb of Washington, D.C.), as his primary residence, receiving $7,000 in tax breaks over that period, according to a March 14, 2009 story in the New York Post and Wikipedia.
• An article in The Daily News that ran Jan. 5, 2011, headlined “Engel’s cleared in ethics probe & 70G poorer” has to do with misspent government travel funds, unused cash that was supposed to be returned. Engel wasn’t actually cleared, the so-called Office of Congressional Ethics declined to pursue the matter.
• An article in the July 17, 2011 Daily News, headlined “Probers shut out of pol’s building,” describes Mr. Engel’s 24 percent ownership and involvement with his real estate buddy, Harry Bajraktari, in a Bronx building which contained an illegal apartment — and their repeated ignoring of the city’s repeated attempts to shut it down.
• An article in the June 22, 2012 Bronx News headlined “Pol mum on loan,” involves a so-called “mortgage loan” in the amount of $125,000 to Eliot Engel, not from a bank, but from Mr. Bajraktari, for which Mr. Engel refused to give any details, including interest or scheduled repayment terms.
So I hope you understand, Mr. Schweitzer, Rep. Engel is far from being an angel. Morally and ethically, Brett Kavanaugh towers above him.