Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh: Supreme Court nominee ‘targeted vulnerable girls’ at school parties

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Faye Gross | 27 September, 2018, 19:53

Attorney Michael Avenatti on Wednesday revealed the identity of the third woman to accuse Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, of sexual misconduct, as Julie Swetnick, a resident of Washington, DC.

Swetnick, who attended Gaithersburg High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland, said in the affidavit that she "attended well over ten house parties in the Washington, D.C. area" where Judge and Kavanaugh were present.

Her claims come on the eve of another Kavanaugh accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify that the SCOTUS nominee allegedly held her down and grinded on her during another high school party in the 1980s.

At the time of this writing, the White House has not released a comment on the allegations made by Swetnick.

Another committee spokesman, Taylor Foy, said the panel received Swetnick's declaration on Wednesday and "committee lawyers are in the process of reviewing it now".

Ford alleges Kavanaugh assaulted her at a party when they were both teenagers, attempting to force himself on her while covering her mouth with his hands when she attempted to scream.

Swetnick's allegations are weird, including claims that she was a witness to multiple gang rapes and yet she never reported them and she continued to go to the parties where the rapes were supposedly happening until she was allegedly raped herself.

Two other friends of Ford's say that she told them a similar story - one in 2016 and one in 2017.

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Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she planned to study Swetnick's declaration. She had to place her purported gang rape in "approximately 1982" in order to coincide with Kavanaugh's high school years.

On Twitter, Trump called Avenatti - whose most famous client, adult film actress Stormy Daniels, is suing the president over an alleged sexual encounter in 2006 - "a third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations".

"She wrote that she was incapacitated, perhaps drugged with Quaaludes", and was "unable to fight off the boys raping me".

"The serious and credible allegations of one woman should have been enough to require a complete investigation by the FBI". He has said: "I've never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or otherwise".

She said she saw Kavanaugh behave as a "mean drunk" at such parties and witnessed him "engage in highly inappropriate conduct" that included the "fondling and grabbing of girls without their consent". He says Kavanaugh should not be confirmed without a full investigation.

Reuters was not immediately able to verify the substance of the woman's allegation. We see here the fruits of Senate Republicans' improvident decision to reopen Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing and push back the vote on his nomination.

Along with the declaration, Avenatti released email correspondence showing that he attempted to get a response to the allgeations from the Judiciary Committee several times before releasing Swetnick's name and declaration.

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