I don’t know if it’s going to be any different, but the Brett Kavanaugh documentary The Conspiracy, which premiered at Sundance over the weekend, is a great old-fashioned Hollywood story. Production was a covert operation that continued until the film’s first screening.from guardian:
justice, added to the schedule at the last minute, aimed at uncovering not only the women who accused Donald Trump’s nominee Kavanaugh, but also the FBI’s failed investigation into those allegations. “I do hope it sparks outrage,” producer Amy Hedi said during a question-and-answer session after the premiere in Park City, Utah. “I do hope this will lead to action, I do hope this will lead to additional investigations with real subpoena powers.” accused of sexual assault while he was 17 years old. She claims he pinned her on the bed, groped her and tried to tear off her clothes before she left. Kavanaugh was also accused of sexual misconduct by Deborah Ramirez, who claimed he exposed himself and stuck his penis in her face without her consent at a college party.
justice It was produced in secret last year, and everyone involved signed non-disclosure agreements.The project is self-funded [director Doug] Liman, making his documentary debut. He told the Hollywood Reporter that the Supreme Court holds “special meaning” to him, his father a lawyer and activist and his brother a federal judge. Frustrated that the FBI’s investigation of Kavanaugh “never happened,” he enlisted the help of renowned documentary filmmakers Liz Garbus and Herdy, both of whom have professional experience with films about sexual assault allegations, to complete what he believed hadn’t happened. A job done, if barely started. During the question-and-answer session, he expressed the importance of secrecy, talking about the “mechanics for anyone who dares to speak out” and realizing that if the movie was released to the public, this mechanism would be activated. “There would have been some kind of ban,” he said. “The film will not be screened here.”
Having been in the Kavanaugh confirmation circus in Washington (Senator Lindsey Graham was purple with rage, which didn’t match his tie at all), I think Leaman and his merry band are wise on the precautionary side. One of the things we learned about Kavanaugh (besides his rowdy days with PJ and Squee) is that he has all sorts of friends at the top who are willing to support him, even when it is revealed that he once pushed HRH Elizabeth Windsor was in a dark room. As events unfolded, we learned that the FBI’s alleged investigation was launched midway to appease the then-Senator. Jeff Fleck, with his tender conscience, hardly deserves the name.
Back in August, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse challenged FBI Director Christopher Fry on the issue:
WHITEHOUSE: As you know, we are now entering the fourth year of a frustrating saga that began with an August 2019 letter between Senator Coons and myself regarding additional background on Kavanaugh Investigate, and I want to work to end this. First, is it true that Kavanaugh-related reports were forwarded to White House counsel without investigation after they were separated from the regular reporting line?
Wray: My apologies in advance for making you frustrated. We’re trying to figure out our process. So when it came to the whistleblower line, we wanted to make sure that the White House had all the information that we had, so when hundreds of calls started coming in, we collected them, vetted them, and provided them to the White House-
White House: No investigation?
thunder [long pause]: We vetted them and made them available to —
WHITEHOUSE: You reviewed them in order to separate them from the offline traffic, but didn’t investigate the Kavanaugh-related ones further, did you?
Whitehouse: Is that also true in that complementary business intelligence? [background investigation]the FBI has instructions from the White House on who the FBI will ask, and even what questions the FBI can ask.
RAY: So, indeed, consistent with the long-term process that we’ve been — at least going back to the Bush administration, the Obama administration, the Trump administration, and continuing currently under the Biden administration — in limited supplemental BI, We accept instructions from the requesting entity, in this case the White House…
Unlike the precedent set before people With Fielding Mellish, The FBI investigation is a travesty, a travesty of one hoax, two travesties of a hoax. This is reportedly one of the film’s strong cases. Producers insist that announcing the film’s existence has led to a flood of new hints about other episodes similar to those described by Ford. (As a curious historical footnote, justice The debut comes nearly 10 years after another documentary about sexual assault allegations against an earlier Supreme Court nominee debuted at the same festival. ) Nevertheless, if justice It can prove to be the crowbar, which reopens all the issues that everyone thought were closed when Kavanaugh passed his confirmation. I’m not optimistic about it, but then again, I think this story is from many years ago.
Charles P Pierce is the author of four books, most recently idiot americaA working journalist since 1976. He lives near Boston and has three children.