During a telephone interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Gloria Allred, a former delegate for Democrat Hillary Clinton who now represents one of the women accusing Judge Roy Moore, refused to say that the alleged signature in the woman’s yearbook is not fabricated. When asked if she would submit the yearbook for analysis, she dodged the question, saying that while she agrees the signature needs to be analyzed, she would only agree to do so under certain conditions.
Here’s a tweet showing the yearbook signature in question next to a signature on a court document from 1999:
Here are the 2 signatures in question… pic.twitter.com/w1msyOClYc
— Bob Grip (@Bob_Grip) November 15, 2017
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“Can you say flatly to our viewers right now, Gloria, that the signature, what he wrote in that yearbook in 1977, according to her, can you say flatly that was not a forgery?” Blitzer asked.
“Well, all I’m saying is we will permit an independent examiner of the writing to look at exemplars of [the] former judge…we will allow all of this to be asked and answered at the hearing,” Allred said.
“But that’s not a flat denial, Gloria,” Blitzer said in response.
“Well, all I’m saying is, we’re not denying, we’re not admitting, we’re not addressing,” Allred told Blitzer. “We will not be distracted.”
According to Breitbart, Allred said she wants analysis of the signature “done in a professional setting to the extent possible. That’s the only setting in which people can testify under oath and that’s what we think is most important.”
Here’s video of her comments:
As we reported earlier, questions have been raised about the veracity of that signature, which appears to have been signed using two different colors.
On Wednesday, Phillip L. Jauregui, a Birmingham lawyer representing Moore’s campaign, demanded the yearbook be made available for analysis:
On the issue of the yearbook signature, Jauregui said Moore did not sign it and argued the signature was not consistent with Moore’s handwriting.
He also said the postscript on the signature, D.A., was not for “district attorney,” as some have suggested. Instead, it was for Delver Adams, who Jauregui said often would initial Moore’s court filings while circuit judge in Etowah County, AL.
Jauregui explained that the yearbook signature, which was offered at a press conference Nelson gave earlier in the week with her attorney Gloria Allred, could not be appropriately analyzed without the original.
“Release the yearbook so that we can determine is it genuine, or is it a fraud,” Jauregui said.
Writing at Breitbart, Joel B. Pollack further observed:
That was a major mistake. By trying to use the yearbook — the critical piece of evidence in establishing Nelson’s credibility — as leverage to force a Senate hearing before the election, Allred seemed to put politics ahead of the truth. Worse, she opened herself and her client to questions about whether they have something to hide. Whatever the truth of Jauregui’s claims that the yearbook signature is a “fraud,” Allred lent those claims greater credibility.
Allred also gave Moore’s supporters a reason to stand behind him. It will be difficult, at best, to discover what really happened three or four decades ago. All the public can rely on is the credibility of Moore and his accusers today. And while Moore has given inconsistent answers, all he needs to do to survive until Election Day is to create some doubt about the allegations. Allred gave him that opportunity — to the detriment of her client and other accusers.
Pollack is exactly correct. If Allred truly wants justice for her client, why is she refusing to submit the yearbook — the only “evidence” in this entire sordid episode so far — for independent forensic analysis? Why isn’t she pressing charges in court?
As an aside, the UK Daily Mail reported in August that Allred is under two bar investigations of misconduct…
What do you think? Is Gloria Allred hiding something? Is this all about politics? Let us know in the comment section below.
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