Just How Did That Letter from 65 Women Who
Stand by Kavanaugh Come Together so Quickly?
WASHINGTON – As the suspense continues over whether or not Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser will testify
before the Senate Judiciary Committee, many are wondering about the seemingly sudden appearance
of 65 women who came to the Supreme Court nominee’s defense last week.
Not long after a then-anonymous letter from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came to light accusing the
53-year-old Judge Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were in high school, the women,
all former classmates of Kavanaugh, penned their own letter – this one in support of him.
“We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he
with respect,” read the letter. “We strongly believe it is important to convey this information to the
committee at this time.”
Some, however, are skeptical of how Kavanaugh was able to garner so much support so quickly in
light of what many view as an 11th-hour smear campaign.
But one of the signatories, Meghan McCaleb, is making it clear that the outpouring of support was a
testament to Kavanaugh’s character and that neither the Senate Judiciary Committee nor the White House
had a hand in coordinating the letter.
“My husband and I have known Brett Kavanaugh since high school,” McCaleb said in a new statement.
“Last Thursday afternoon, September 13, a reporter contacted my husband asking about news reports
that Senator (Dianne) Feinstein had referred to federal authorities an allegation from a woman to the
effect that Judge Kavanaugh had acted improperly toward her during high school.”
“Having known Brett well in high school, my husband and I were shocked by these news reports,” she
continued. “We agreed that we needed to inform the Judiciary Committee of Brett’s high character and
integrity from high school through the present day. We reached out to one of Judge Kavanaugh’s former
law clerks to discuss preparing a letter from the women who knew Judge Kavanaugh best during his high
“Through a group effort with other friends of Judge Kavanaugh, we prepared the letter that ultimately
was released,” McCaleb recalled, noting that the missive “was not coordinated with anyone at the White
House or the Senate Judiciary Committee.”
Meanwhile, Georgetown law professor Rosa Brooks lent her voice to a chorus of critics, which includes
, who believe the decades-old incident – whether true or not – should have little if any
bearing on Kavanaugh’s confirmation proceedings.
“There are sound reasons behind statutes of limitations. After 35 years, it is nearly impossible to conduct
“I am uncomfortable with asserting that his behavior as a teen tells us anything about his ‘character’ now,”
Brooks tweeted. “Yes, even if his behavior as a teen included doing exactly what Ford says he did. This
is because I don’t think teen behavior is predictive of adult behavior… there is a ton of solid research on
the general idiocy of teenagers, especially teenaged boys, and the neuroscience that explains their