Republican Sen. Jeff Flake rebukes Trump for casting doubt on Kavanaugh accuser

Saul Bowman
September 30, 2018

Swetnick, who released her sworn statement through high-profile lawyer Michael Avenatti, says she now holds an active security clearance and works "within the federal government".

"I witnessed Brett Kavanaugh consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women during the early 1980s", she wrote. She alleges that the pair spiked party punch with drugs or grain alcohol to lower girls' inhibitions and says she witnessed boys including Kavanaugh and Judge lining up to gang-rape an inebriated girl.

The results of the poll comes on the eve of the high-stakes Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with Kavanaugh and Ford on Thursday.

Avenatti also represents porn star Stormy Daniel's in her defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump.

Ford said earlier this month that Kavanaugh held her down on a bed during a high school party decades ago.

"I do not know how I will assess the credibility of these witnesses - these human beings - on the grave matters that will be testified to, because I have not yet heard a word of their testimony", Flake said during a Senate floor speech on Wednesday.

Attorney Michael Avenatti provided a statement from his client to the committee.

"Tomorrow is very, very important", Grassley said.

After stepping forward with her story, Ford in an interview with the Washington Post, said she told no one about the incident with Kavanaugh until 2012, when she discussed it during a couples therapy session.

He added, "I strongly believe Judge Kavanaugh should withdraw from consideration".

"I categorically and unequivocally deny the allegation against me by Dr. Ford", he said.

The allegations have generated much uncertainty over Kavanaugh's confirmation, with a handful of Republican Senators expressing their doubts in his character.

Kavanaugh's other named accuser, fellow Yale student Deborah Ramirez, has not been invited to testify at all. "If he will not, at the very least, the hearing and the vote should be postponed while the FBI investigates all of these allegations". On Thursday, Kavanaugh, as he has since the allegations first surfaced, plans to deny any wrongdoing. The Supreme Court nominee will be sworn in and will then give his opening statement. Mr. Davis refers to Mike Davis, the Chief Counsel for Nominations, United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

Swetnick says that Kavanaugh's claim that he did not have sexual intercourse until many years after high school is "absolutely false and a lie".

"The Republicans could not be nicer, could not be more respectful to the process".

Download Julie Swetnick's full statement here, or read it below. Her security clearances are relevant because she stands to lose them - along with her career - if she is found to be committing perjury.

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