Thirteen-year friendship. A phone call or text message, on average, every other day. At least one contact before 4:30 in the morning. Gave her money. Never told his wife.
And that’s not all. Remember Bialek’s story about Cain “upgrading” her room at the Capitol Hilton? That transaction would have shown up on Cain’s credit card. If it was the NRA’s card, the NRA could check its records. But White’s story opens a new frontier for investigation. According to Fox 5, “She says during the next 13 years, [Cain] would fly her to cities where he was speaking, and he lavished her with gifts. She says they often stayed at the Ritz Carlton in Buckhead and dined at The Four Seasons restaurant.”
If Cain flew White to various cities, the airlines would have records showing Cain as the payer and White as the passenger. And correlations with his travel schedule would be hard to explain as “trying to help a friend.”
The best that can be said of Cain, given the evidence so far from eyewitnesses and documents, is that he has a poor memory for women and sexual harassment suits, behaved in ways that disturbed some NRA colleagues, and concealed from his wife a 13-year friendship that included financial assistance and frequent phone contact, sometimes at odd hours. Further documents—Kraushaar’s lawsuit, her job performance reviews, Bialek’s hotel records, White’s flight purchase records, Cain’s text or phone messages to White—could make Cain’s predicament much worse.
That’s what happens when you dare your accusers to prove it. Sometimes they can, and they do.
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