New York, NY – Since The Intercept broke the story of an allegation against Brett Kavanaugh, the battle over his Supreme Court nomination has reignited a national debate over sexual assault, privilege and impunity.

The Intercept reporters have continued to investigate and publish several stories related to this case – and given the extent of our commitment, we are compiling our Kavanaugh-related coverage under the rubric “Supreme Privilege.”

Supreme Privilege

In an article published last week, Peter Maass investigated Kavanaugh’s relationship with Mark Judge, the other person Ford says was in the room during her assault, examining the culture of drinking and aggression at Georgetown Prep high school.  And as more accusations against Kavanaugh develop, Ryan Grim and Akela Lacy questioned what Kavanaugh knew about the sexual harassment committed by his mentor, Judge Alex Kozinski, examining the timeline of their relationship, as well as showing how Sen. Chris Coons cornered Kavanaugh about the harassment.

This week, senior politics editor Briahna Gray wrote a detailed analysis of Maricopa County prosecutor Rachel Mitchell’s “independent assessment” of Ford’s allegations. In her article, Gray questions Mitchell’s choice to “weigh small memory lapses […] while ignoring Kavanaugh’s significant omissions,” and states that “Ford’s actions have been broadly consistent with witness statements and available evidence.” She also points out that Mitchell repeated several of Kavanaugh’s talking points on the memo, including the questionable statement that Ford had “struggled to identify Judge Kavanaugh as the assailant by name.”

In a complimentary investigation, reporters Jordan Smith and Liliana Segura wrote about inconsistencies between Rachel Mitchell’s independent memo, which casts Ford’s case as unusually weak, and the way in which Arizona prosecutors often pursue sexual assault allegations. “Prosecutors in Maricopa County aren’t exactly known for their restraint when it comes to pursuing convictions,” wrote the reporters.  Smith and Segura highlight the case of Courtney Bisbee, who was accused of and prosecuted for sexually molesting a 13-year-old boy, despite significant exculpatory evidence available to the prosecutors.

And today’s episode of “Intercepted,” the podcast hosted by The Intercept co-founder Jeremy Scahill, features an interview with Rep. Hank Johnson, the man who could pose a real threat to Kavanaugh. If Democrats retake the House, Johnson will become the chair of a subcommittee that has subpoena power to continue the investigation of Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault.

For a comprehensive list of stories related Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual assault allegations, please visit our site. If you’re interested in interviewing on of our reporters about their work on this specific topic, please email Rodrigo Brandão at [email protected]

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  1. look..there is no question guilty of sexual assault and all the drinking and white privilege that goes along with it.

    why in the world would so many women come forward…especially from a time when we now understand the atmosphere that made such assaults common and totally un-prosecuted even if reported which few ever were for obvious reasons.

    the idea that dozens of women would all accuse tRump of sexual assault but for some strange reason…..they ALL MUST BE LYING!…according to him..and the white racists that form his core support.

    yet…that is what 52%..of white women believe!

    it boggles the mind and defy’ s explanation…why they do so…especially considering that in doing so they also deny…the reality that their own daughters will be facing…especially…if they were ever to become women of influence….in a society that the repiglicons especially hope to retain all the power in the hands of white men…..

  2. Scahill is solid. His coverage of blackwater is second to none. Not too sure “snowflake brigade” would apply to someone who takes on a multi-national black ops private military. You do need a shower, I agree.

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