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  • Ed Whelan, the president of the Ethics and Public
    Policy Center, has apologized for his “appalling and
    inexcusable” Twitter thread that suggested Supreme Court
    nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s classmate may have sexually assaulted
    Christine Blasey Ford.
  • In a series of tweets on Thursday, Whelan examined
    Ford’s story and attempted to pinpoint the party where she
    alleges Kavanaugh assaulted her and suggested a classmate that
    resembled Kavanaugh assaulted her instead.
  • Whelan, a prominent legal commentator, apologized for
    his “appalling and inexcusable mistake of judgment” on Twitter
    Friday morning.

Ed Whelan, the president of the Ethics and Public Policy Center,
has apologized for his “appalling and inexcusable” Twitter thread
that suggested Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s classmate
may have sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford at a 1980s high
school party, and not Kavanaugh.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, Whelan, a prominent legal
commentator, examined Ford’s story and attempted to pinpoint the
party where she alleges Kavanaugh assualted her.

In the now-deleted tweets, Whelan identified Kavanaugh’s
classmate as living in the house where he suspected the event
took place, and said that because the classmate resembled
Kavanaugh, Ford could have mistakenly blamed the wrong guy.

Whelan later tweeted that Democratic Sen. Diane Feinstein of
California would soon apologize to Kavanaugh after exonerating
information came to light.

Following Whelan’s tweets, Ford told the Washington Post there
was no chance of such a mistake taking
place
.

“There is zero chance that I would confuse them,” she said in a statement to The
Post
.

By Friday, Whelan repented.

“I made an appalling and inexcusable mistake of judgment in
posting the tweet thread in a way that identified Kavanaugh’s
Georgetown Prep classmate. I take full responsibility for that
mistake, and I deeply apologize for it. I realize that does not
undo the mistake,” Whelan tweeted.

But “Fox & Friends,” the conservative-leaning morning show
that’s a favorite of President Donald Trump, had already ran with the story on a discussion on
Friday.

Several right wing activists and pundits had already floated other theories aiming to
discredit Ford’s claims
. Kavanaugh’s school, Georgetown Prep,
and Ford’s school, Holton-Arms, have been thrust into the
spotlight as former classmates have jumped to the defense of
either party.

Ford is currently in talks to testify
to the Senate Judiciary Committee about her claims.

On Friday, Trump came to Kavanaugh’s defense without mentioning
Whelan’s debunked theory.

“Judge Brett Kavanaugh is a fine man, with an impeccable
reputation, who is under assault by radical left wing politicians
who don’t want to know the answers, they just want to destroy and
delay. Facts don’t matter. I go through this with them every
single day in D.C.,” Trump tweeted.

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