Donald Trump has called for the resignation of everyone at the New York Times who had a hand in reporting on sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh.
The President ripped into the publication on Monday, claiming the news outlet should ‘close its doors and throw away the keys’ after it had to issue a correction regarding a story that included a new allegation against Kavanaugh.
The story revealed a previously unreported incident where a man claims he saw Kavanaugh’s friends pull down his pants and push his penis into a girl’s hands at a Yale party in the 1980s. The correction, however, admitted that the women involved in the alleged incident didn’t recall it ever happening.
‘I call for the Resignation of everybody at The New York Times involved in the Kavanaugh SMEAR story, and while you’re at it, the Russian Witch Hunt Hoax, which is just as phony!’ he tweeted.
‘They’ve taken the Old Grey Lady and broken her down, destroyed her virtue and ruined her reputation… She can never recover, and will never return to Greatness, under current Management.’
Trump finished that tweet with the conflicting statement: ‘The Times is DEAD, long live The New York Times!’
Donald Trump has called for the resignation of everyone at the New York Times who had a hand in reporting on sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh
In a series of other tweets, Trump quoted Fox News’ The Five host, Greg Gutfeld, who said almost all of the stories in the Times are ‘inaccurate and wrong.’
‘The New York Times should close its doors and throw away the keys,’ Trump tweeted. ‘The women mentioned in the Kavanaugh story said she didn’t even remember the event.’
Before departing from the White House Monday, he also told reporters that the Times doesn’t ‘fact check anymore.’
‘I think The New York Times made another terrible mistake. It’s a shame that a thing like that could happen. I see they’re making a big correction today. They’ve just announced a correction,’ Trump said before leaving for a rally in New Mexico Monday night.
‘But to do that about a Supreme Court Justice is a terrible thing,’ he continued. ‘It’s a false accusation.’
‘Whatever happened with The New York Times?’ he questioned, adding that there used to be a ‘thing called fact checking.’
‘I mean, they’re destroying lives. And it’s fake news. It’s just fake news,’ he said. ‘I mean, they have to be very embarrassed. But much more importantly, what they do is wrong and they do it all the time.’
President Donald Trump went after the New York Times for its weekend report on accusations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh
This was the Editors’ Note which was added to the story on Sunday, a day after it went online
The Times published a story over the weekend where Max Stier, a former male classmate of Kavanaugh’s at Yale, detailed an incident he said he saw transpire at a dorm party. He said Kavanaugh had his pants down and that his classmates then pushed his penis into a woman’s face.
The story drew an immense amount of backlash, especially following the justice’s contentious confirmation process, which was riddled with sexual misconduct and sexual assault allegations.
WHO ARE THE NEW YORK TIMES JOURNALISTS BEHIND THE BOOK?
Pogrebin is described by the newspaper as ‘a reporter on the Culture Desk, where she covers cultural institutions, the art world, architecture and other subjects.’
As the row unfolded on Saturday, she tweeted proudly about how the coverage had prompted calls from senior Democrats for Kavanaugh to resign.
She also tweeted that the president had tweeted three times about the story but did not repeat what he had said. He called the reporting a ‘disgrace’.
Kelly is a Wall Street reporter who writes about ‘its political influence and inner workings.’
They spent 10 months interviewing people to back up Ramirez’s claims about Kavanaugh for their book.
She also spent Sunday retweeting praise for their book, including one review which called it ‘careful and balanced’.
Both Kelly and Pogrebin formerly worked at the New York Observer.
Two of the newspaper’s reporters – an arts writer and Wall Street reporter – discovered that Stier reported witnessing an apparent assault at a dorm party in the 1980s. They included his claim in a book they have written about Kavanaugh’s college years, which will be released on Tuesday.
Friends of the women at the heart of his claims say, however, that she does not even remember the apparent incident.
Those key details however did not make their way into the excerpt of the book that was published online. The newspaper amended the online story later on Sunday, after someone who had seen an advance copy of the book flagged the omission.
A day after the story was published, the NYT issued a correction.
‘An earlier version of this article, which was adapted from a forthcoming book, did not include one element of the book’s account regarding an assertion by a Yale classmate that friends of Brett Kavanaugh pushed his penis into the hand of a female student at a drunken dorm party,’ the correction states.
‘The book reports that the female student declined to be interviewed and friends say that she does not recall the incident,’ it continued. ‘That information has been added to the article.’
The newspaper had already apologized for tweeting that ‘having a penis thrust in your face may seem like harmless fun.’ Minutes after that first tweet was posted, the paper issued a retraction, writing: ‘We have deleted an earlier tweet to this article that was poorly phrased.’
They later deleted that post following further criticism, adding: ‘We deleted a previous tweet regarding this article. It was offensive, and we apologize.’
The correction also admitted that both Stier – who has been on the opposing side of legal cases from Kavanaugh before and who worked for Bill Clinton – and the women allegedly involved declined to be interviewed.
But the damage of the article without the supplemental information was already done.
Kavanaugh’s name is now back in the national headlines, including calls from Democratic 2020 presidential candidates for him either to step down or be impeached.
Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke, Cory Booker and Julian Castro, were among the group calling for Kavanaugh’s resignation.
Earlier in the day Monday, Trump commented on the correction, claiming Kavanaugh should sue over the ‘assault’ from the Times.
‘Just Out: ‘Kavanaugh accuser doesn’t recall incident.’ @foxandfriends,’ Trump wrote, tagging his favorite morning cable TV program. ‘DO YOU BELIEVE WHAT THESE HORRIBLE PEOPLE WILL DO OR SAY. They are looking to destroy, and influence his opinions – but played the game badly. They should be sued!’
Trump fired off a series of tweets Monday morning after the paper acknowledged in an editor’s note that it had left out two key details from its report, which aired accusations about two separate incidents where the Trump nominee allegedly exposed himself during Yale college parties.
Trump also quoted commentator Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent, conservative commentator, and failed congressional candidate.
”What’s happening to Justice Kavanaugh is a disgrace. This guy is not a good man, he is a great man. He has to go to his church with his family while these terrible reports are being written about him, a disgrace!’ Dan Bongino @foxandfriends,’ the president wrote.
In a third tweet, Trump went after the Times, a paper he regularly attacks. In this missive, Trump said the one who is ‘actually being assaulted’ is Kavanaugh, whose confirmation hearing featured heated allegations of rape and sexual assault. Kavanaugh denied the charges during the hearing. According to the Times, two two sides could not reach agreement on the terms of an interview.
‘The New York Times walks back report on Kavanaugh assault claim.’ @foxandfriends The one who is actually being assaulted is Justice Kavanaugh – Assaulted by lies and Fake News! This is all about the LameStream Media working with their partner, the Dems,’ wrote Trump.
Kavanaugh denied the Ramirez allegations during his Senate hearing when he was asked about them by Republican Senator John Kennedy.
‘Are Ms. Ramirez’s allegations about you true?’ Kennedy asked.
‘Those are not. She — no — no — none of the witnesses in the room support that. The — if that — that had happened, that would have been the talk of campus in our freshman dorm. The New York Times reported that as recently as last week, she was calling other classmates seeking to — well, I’m not going to characterize it — but calling classmates last week and just seemed very — I’ll just stop there. But that’s not true. That’s not true.,’ he said.
According to the Times’ explosive report, ‘At least seven people, including Ms. Ramirez’s mother, heard about the Yale incident long before Mr. Kavanaugh was a federal judge. Two of those people were classmates who learned of it just days after the party occurred, suggesting that it was discussed among students at the time,’ the reporters write.’
Brett Kavanaugh speaking at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court on Capitol Hill last September
The claim comes from Max Stier who reported seeing the alleged assault to the FBI and to senators. He also declined to speak with the Times
President Trump – a vocal enemy of the NYT – has since intervened to defend Kavanaugh and encourage him to sue for libel, calling the debacle a ‘disgrace’.
It is the latest in a string of incidents the newspaper has apologized for, most of which have involved the outlet criticizing the president.
The New York Times deleted a tweet on Saturday that described the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh as ‘harmless fun’
The new allegation has never been detailed before and it remains unclear when Stier reported it to the FBI.
The fresh claim is similar to a different allegation made by Deborah Ramirez who says Kavanaugh pushed his penis in her face when she was drinking heavily at a party around the same time.
She spoke out last year, amid Kavanaugh’s highly publicized confirmation hearings where Dr. Christine Blasey Ford described him sexually assaulting her.
Ramirez claimed that Kavanaugh exposed his penis to her and thrust it in her face at a dorm party, forcing her touch it while they were both students at Yale. She alleged that others at the party had been passing a fake penis around and laughed at her afterwards.
The woman at the heart of the new claim has not spoken publicly about it but according to ABC, said when questioned about the NYT report: ‘All I can say is ask Brett.’
According to the NYT, Stier notified the FBI and senators about the incident, but the FBI did not investigate the claim or interview the alleged victim.
The journalists did not name the ‘officials’ who told the book’s journalists that he had even reported it or say why it was not, as they claimed, properly investigated.
The book by two of the newspaper’s journalists – The Education of Brett Kavanaugh: An Investigation- is out on Tuesday.
It purports to verify Ramirez’ claims and criticizes the Senate Judiciary Committee for not calling on her to speak at the hearings.
It also touts the ‘new’ allegation.
After publishing its first excerpt, a journalist who had been sent an advance copy of the book picked up on the omission.
‘The book notes, quietly, that the woman Max Stier named as having been supposedly victimized by Kavanaugh and friends denies any memory of the alleged event,’ The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway tweeted.
President Trump said Kavanaugh should start ‘suing people for libel’ after the NYT updated its story on Sunday
President Trump defended his Supreme Court nominee and said Kavanaugh should sue for libel.
He tweeted: ‘Brett Kavanaugh should start suing people for libel, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue.
‘The lies being told about him are unbelievable.
‘False Accusations without recrimination.
‘When does it stop? They are trying to influence his opinions. Can’t let that happen!’
Not only was the newspaper criticized for its treatment of Stier’s apparent allegation, but its handling of Ramirez’s was also criticized.
The NYT reporters said that though they found Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony ‘credible’, ‘during a 10-month investigation, Ms. Ramirez’s story could be more fully corroborated.’
It quotes her lawyers who say they were frustrated by how they were treated, and makes no mention of the steps taken to verify or investigate Ramirez’s claim.
On Sunday, Sen. Chuck Grassley, the committee chairman, fumed about the coverage.
‘The NY Times did not contacted (sic) Sen. Grassley’s office for this story.
One of the journalists who wrote the book proudly tweeted that the president had tweeted ‘three times in response’ to their story as had Democrats calling for the Supreme Court Justice’s impeachment
Democrats leaped on the New York Times’ ‘new’ allegation and used it to call for Kavanaugh to be impeached
Deborah Ramirez also claimed that he ‘thrust’ his penis in her face when she was a student in the 1980s. Dr Christine Blasey Ford (right) last September accused then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago
‘If they had, we would’ve reminded them of a few key public facts they omitted,’ his office tweeted.
They then listed the reasons they say Ramirez was never called on to testify and referred back to a New York Times article from last year which said journalists could not corroborate her claims despite interviewing several people.
Ford, a research psychologist and professor, drew national attention last year after she came forward with sexual assault allegations following Trump’s appointment of Kavanaugh.
The 52-year-old claimed 17-year-old Kavanaugh held her down on a bed at high school party when she was 15 and tried to remove her clothing, putting his hand over her mouth to stop her screaming.
Her emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last September became a milestone for the #MeToo movement.
It turned Kavanaugh’s confirmation into the most controversial since Clarence Thomas in 1991, who was accused of sexual harassment as well.
Third accuser Julie Swetnick rowed back from her claim Kavanaugh was part of a group who would spike ‘punch’ at parties in order to assault girls.
SOURCE OF ALLEGATION IS AN EX-CLINTON LAWYER WHO HAS A HISTORY OF BEING ‘PITTED AGAINST’ KAVANAUGH
The claim comes from Max Stier who reported seeing the alleged assault to the FBI and to senators. He declined to speak with the Times and has a history of being ‘pitted against’ Kavanaugh – which the Times did not include
The source of the ‘new’ allegation is Max Stier, a heavyweight lawyer with a history of being on the opposing side from Kavanaugh.
Stier did not speak to the Times and it is unclear when he reported his allegation to the FBI but it is likely to be around the time Kavanaugh was nominated by Trump.
The pair were classmates at Yale in the early 1980s. Whether or not they were friends is unclear, but by 1994, they were on opposite sides of a highly publicized legal fight – the Whitewater investigation into Bill Clinton’s real estate dealings when he was president.
Kavanaugh was on the team of investigator Kenneth Starr and Stier was one of Clinton’s lawyers.
A Yale Daily News article from July last year, when Kavanaugh was nominated to the Supreme Court, described it.
‘Those proceedings pitted Kavanaugh against a former Yale classmate, Max Stier ’87, a fellow member of Stiles College who was one of several attorneys representing Clinton during the investigation,’ it read.
The NYT did not include that detail in its report.
It referred to Stier as a ‘classmate’ who now ‘runs a nonprofit organization in Washington.’
Stier is the President and CEO, Partnership for Public Service which works ‘to make government more effective and efficient.’
It is a nonpartisan body.
Stier has kept his politics quiet in the past. In a 2016 article he wrote for The Daily Beast, he defended both Trump and Hillary Clinton for preparing transition teams ahead of the election.
The headline, however, defended only Clinton.
Stier tried last year to get the story to The Washington Post and he also wrote to Senator Christopher A. Coons about it, asking to remain anonymous.
Coons took his concern and wrote to the Judiciary Committee, urging it to investigate. The Washington Post did not write a story about it because, it claimed on Monday, it was contacted by two ‘intermediaries’ working on behalf of Stier.
They did not name him and the Post said it did not have enough information to write the story.