Questions of a double standard within the #MeToo movement remain as the Senate Judiciary Committee evaluates the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct during a high school party, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. During the hearing, Sen. Amy Klobuchar praised Ford for coming forward, and emphasized the medical records Ford has from a therapy sessions in 2012 and 2013 as an important piece of evidence.
“Dr. Ford, under federal law, and I don’t expect you to know this, but statements made to medical professionals are considered to be more reliable. There is a federal rule of evidence about this,” Klobuchar said.
Ford said there were two separate incidents where the alleged assault is noted in her medical records. However, Ford claims to have talked about it more than two times with her therapist, but said therapists do not usually include content of discussions in medical records.
Closer to home, Karen Monahan, the woman accusing Rep. Keith Ellison of domestic violence, also has medical records that corroborate her side of the story. Monahan posted pictures of the records on her Twitter account, accusing Democrats of not believing her story.
When I post this, it gets deleted every time pic.twitter.com/uAJNx8AgF5
— Karen Monahan (@KarenMonahan01) September 19, 2018
Here is another medical record, 6 months before the other one.
I specifically went into the emotional/narc abuse during this visit because I needed more than routine test done due to the nature of that type of abuse.
Yes, the physical still occurred. pic.twitter.com/DGAafGAcJ8
— Karen Monahan (@KarenMonahan01) September 22, 2018
One of the medical reports from Jodi K. Milburn, MD reads in part:
“She states that she was in a very stressful environment for years, emotional and physical abuse by a partner with whom she is now separated. She did not have any physical injuries that required a physical examination in the past. She identifies the individual she was involved with as congressmen [sic] Ellison, and she is worried about retribution if she identifies him publicly.”
Despite emphasizing the significance of medical records as evidence under federal law, Klobuchar has not acknowledged Monahan’s medical records and continues to avoid saying whether believes Monahan’s claims. Earlier this month, Klobuchar indicated she would be comfortable voting for Ellison despite the allegations, saying that the situation is “being reviewed and I know that he is moving forward.”
Watch Klobuchar question Ford below: