'All About Publicity': Sen. Bill Cassidy Slams Avenatti Over New Kavanaugh Accusation
- Author: Rogelio Becker Sep 28, 2018,
Sep 28, 2018, 0:20
Swetnick, who is now being represented by attorney Michael Avenatti, claims to have witnessed Kavanaugh "engage in highly inappropriate conduct", including grabbing women "without their consent", at parties in the early 1980's.
Kavanaugh and his classmate Mark Judge worked to get girls "inebriated and disoriented so they could then be "gang raped" in a side room or bedroom by a "train" of numerous boys", a woman named Julie Swetnick claimed in a sworn statement released Wednesday. She said she now holds security clearances Department of Treasury, the U.S. Mint, and the Internal Revenue Service.
Kavanaugh is denying the new allegations.
Swetnick claims in her affidavit that she allegedly saw Kavanaugh, while a high school student in Maryland in the 1980s, "drink excessively at many" house parties.
A spokeswoman for Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said that, "This morning Michael Avenatti provided a declaration to the Judiciary Committee". None of the four signed declarations is from a person with first-hand knowledge of the incident or eyewitness accounts, but all say they knew of her accusation before it was made public and before Kavanaugh was nominated in July.
She added that she was drugged and "unable to fight off the boys raping me" at a 1982 party, but did not count Kavanaugh among her attackers.
Many on the right believe that the allegations are part of a smear campaign by Democrats who already opposed Kavanaugh's nomination, while progressives have tended to rally to his accusers.
The woman, Julie Swetnick, 55, did not accuse Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge of participating in the assault, which would have occurred when they were in high school. This is the third sexual assault or misconduct allegation against the judge.
Ford and Kavanaugh are set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
She says she was the victim of a gang rape in 1982 at a party attended by the judge. "And she went to not one party where this happened, but 10 parties, never told anybody about it". Ramirez alleged that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while they were freshmen at Yale University. Judge has said he has no memory of the alleged sexual assault in a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"It's possible I'll hear that and I'll say, 'Hey, I'll change my mind, '" Trump said.
Stephanie Keith/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump tweeted about Attorney Michael Avenatti for the first time on Wednesday.