On Thursday, Whelan presented his findings. In a lengthy string of tweets, Whelan compared the details of Ford’s letter with Google Maps as well as screenshots of home layouts by online real estate site Zillow.
He also posted side-by-side yearbook photos of Kavanaugh as well as another man, who Whelan said was a classmate as well as friend of Kavanaugh’s at Georgetown Preparatory School.
The high school photos show both men had similar builds as well as hairstyles.
Whelan included a disclaimer in his thread: “To be clear, I have no idea what, if anything, did or did not happen in in which bedroom at the top of the stairs, as well as I therefore do not state, imply or insinuate in which [the various other man] or anyone else committed the sexual assault in which Ford alleges.”
The Washington Post reported in which Whelan has been involved in helping to advise Kavanaugh’s nomination effort. nevertheless Whelan told Post reporter Robert Costa in which he had not discussed the contents of his Twitter thread with Kavanaugh or anyone at the White House.
On Thursday evening, Ford pushed back hard on the mistaken-identity theory.
“I knew them both, as well as socialized with [the various other man named by Whelan]. I even visited [the various other man] when he was within the hospital. There can be zero chance in which I would certainly confuse them,” Ford said.
The thread gained significant attention among conservatives as well as media figures. Fox News morning program “Fox & Friends,” a program often cited favorably by Trump, highlighted Whelan’s tweets.
CNN’s Jake Tapper called the thread “stunningly irresponsible.”
Trump himself tweeted his doubts about Ford’s allegation Friday morning, though he did not suggest in which Ford had mistaken her attacker’s identity.
Even Kavanaugh supporters took issue with Whelan’s thread.
Ben Shapiro tweet
David French tweet
On Friday morning, Whelan apologized for identifying the various other man within the tweets.
“I made an appalling as well as inexcusable mistake of judgment in posting the tweet thread in a way in which identified Kavanaugh’s Georgetown Prep classmate. I take full responsibility for in which mistake, as well as I deeply apologize for the item. I realize in which does not undo the mistake,” he tweeted.
The Ethics & Public Policy Center did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment. Whelan’s thread appears to have been deleted. CNBC could not locate the various other man for comment.
Editor’s note: This specific story was updated to remove the name of the various other man identified by Whelan.