McClintock Dismisses Kavanaugh Assault Allegations as 'Crazy Talk'

Claims there is nothing for FBI to investigate


Thursday, September 27th, 2018
Makaiah Mohler, (530) 913-3242,
Anthony Kusich, (916) 288-2228,

ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Last week, Congressman Tom McClintock was caught on tape during a private speech at Placerville's Eskaton Village discussing his views of the sexual assault allegations made by Dr. Christine Ford against U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. In his remarks, McClintock completely dismisses the allegations, calling the claims "crazy talk," and went on to question the professionalism of the FBI by denying there is anything to investigate. McClintock's reaction puts him on the fringe even within his own party, as a number of GOP Senators encouraged a delay in the hearings to allow Dr. Ford to testify today. 

McClintock's remarks on the allegations can be heard here:

  • McCLINTOCK: "Look at Professor Ford's accusation. Basically an attempted rape where she said she feared for her life but in that dramatic moment in her life, she can't remember where the party was, how she got there, how she got home, never bothered to mention it to a single living soul for thirty years, and when she finally did mention it in a therapy session, the description she gave to her therapist is different to the account she gave to the Washington Post. She named two people, one who was supposed to be there in the room. He said 'this is nuts, I know nothing about this.' She named another one who just stepped forward yesterday and said that never happened, this is just crazy talk... I don't know, you do the math That doesn't pass the smell test for me.

  • "I can't look into a person's soul or their heart the story itself seems to be missing some very, very important credible evidence. First of all, there is some debate over how professional the FBI has become these days but we will put that aside for the moment but the big problem is, they don't have anything to investigate."

This isn't the first time McClintock has minimized assault allegations against women. He has repeatedly voted against the Violence Against Women Act, and in 2012 dismissed it as a "feel-good measure." The widely heralded legislation strengthened protections for victims of assault and sexual violence similar to the allegations Dr. Ford has made.