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Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano suggested Thursday that the Department of Justice may want to consider investigating Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s discredited sexual assault accuser Christine Blasey Ford for possible perjury and conspiracy.

He made the suggestion while speaking on “America’s Newsroom” about a recently unearthed video that shows Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, telling a room full of feminists that Ford’s allegations against Kavanaugh had been motivated in part by Roe v. Wade.

What remains unclear is what exactly Katz had meant with her remarks.

“Did [Ford] make these allegations because they really happened and she believed he wasn’t worthy of a seat on the Supreme Court?” Napolitano asked Thursday on FNC.

“Or did she make these allegations because she believed he was going to get on the court [and] she wanted to undermine his credibility in some future vote in Roe v. Wade?”

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What also remains unclear is whether Katz’s admission had been a violation of attorney-client privilege. If it had been a violation, then it’d be unusable in court.

“If something comes out that is protected by the attorney-client privilege, that information cannot be used against the client,” Napolitano cautioned.

But in case it’s not protected by attorney-client privilege, then it could potentially mean big problems for both Ford and her attorney.

Did she make this whole story up?” the judge asked. “That would be perjury and probably conspiracy because others might have been involved.

Does the Justice Department want to investigate this? Or is this just a lawyer saying ‘you know, we lost this, he’s on the court, we don’t like him.’

In other words, had Katz been merely running her mouth, or was she serious?

The video that was unearthed this week specifically shows her telling a crowd of feminists at the Baltimore’s 11th Feminist Legal Theory Conference about the alleged motivations behind Ford’s allegations.

“In the aftermath of these hearings, I believe that Christine’s testimony brought about more good than the harm misogynist Republicans caused by allowing Kavanaugh on the court,” she says.

“We were going to have a conservative [justice] … elections have consequences, but he will always have an asterisk next to his name. When he takes a scalpel to Roe v. Wade, we will know who he is, we know his character, and we know what motivates him, and that is important; it is important that we know, and that is part of what motivated Christine.”

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But there’s more.

National Law Journal legal reporter Ryan Lovelace, the journalist who reportedly released the video seen up top, revealed further details about Katz and Ford’s alleged plot in his just-released book, “Search and Destroy: Inside the Campaign against Brett Kavanaugh.”

“Lovelace revealed Ford and attorney Debra Katz leveled charges of sexual misconduct in hopes of eventually tainting decisions by Kavanaugh on abortion,” the Washington Examiner notes.

“What’s more, he wrote, they worked overtime to orchestrate their explosive charges, heatedly denied by Kavanaugh, to land at the end of the confirmation hearings in a bid to derail President Trump’s second pick to the high court.”

These are serious allegations from a well-respected journalist.

But again, does any of this matter now?

“Do we care what her motivation is now because it’s history, he has this lifetime position on the court and the people that hate him are going to hate him no matter what he does?” Napolitano pondered Thursday on “America’s Newsroom.”

“Or was there some unlawful behavior here like lying or misleading under oath that the DOJ should be concerned about?”

That is a question that only Attorney General Bill Barr can answer, though congressional Republicans could at least start the process by referring Ford to the Department of Justice. That’s what happened to disgraced attorney Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick last October.

During Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings, the two trotted out a wild conspiracy theory accusing him of having once participated in “gang rapes” while in high school decades ago.

In a letter addressed to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray, then-Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley cited Swetnick’s history of issuing false rape accusations and her ex-boyfriend’s testimony that she’s a liar as evidence of why she and Avenatti deserved to be criminally investigated.

“When a well-meaning citizen comes forward with information relevant to the committee’s work, I take it seriously. It takes courage to come forward, especially with allegations of sexual misconduct or personal trauma. I’m grateful for those who find that courage,” he said in a statement at the time.

“But in the heat of partisan moments, some do try to knowingly mislead the committee. That’s unfair to my colleagues, the nominees and others providing information who are seeking the truth. It stifles our ability to work on legitimate lines of inquiry. It also wastes time and resources for destructive reasons.”

While it’s unclear how Barr will proceed in regard to Ford, calls for him and congressional Republicans to take action have emerged on social media:

Vivek Saxena

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