Kavanaugh accuser says he doesn't belong on Supreme Court
Sep 28 2018
Avenatti also represents adult film actor and director Stormy Daniels (real name Stephanie Clifford), who has alleged Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, paid her to remain silent about a consensual sexual relationship she had with then-businessman and -reality show personality Trump.
Judge Kavanaugh has described it as "ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone". "I am terrified. I am here because I believe it is my civic duty to tell you what happened to me while Brett Kavanaugh and I were in high school", said 51-year old Ford at the beginning of her testimony.
"I don't need to hear from Mark Judge", Graham said.
In a sworn affidavit, Ms Swetnick alleged Judge Kavanaugh was involved in the drugging and sexual assault of girls at house parties in the 1980s. Nor does she allege that Kavanaugh ever sexually assaulted her in any other instance.
Ford was the only one to testify in the hearing in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday. (Avenatti said she graduated in 1980.) She said she met Kavanaugh and Judge at a house party in the area in approximately 1980-81.
Bolstered by a career in public service, including numerous government security clearances, the fact that Swetnick signed her declaration "under penalty of perjury" and said she "fully understands the seriousness" of her charges did not keep Trump from calling her claims into question.
"At the very least, the hearing and vote should be postponed while the FBI investigates all of these allegations", he tweeted. Kavanaugh has adamantly denied her allegations as well.
At these parties, according to Swetnick, Kavanaugh engaged in "abusive and physically aggressive behavior towards girls, including pressing girls against him without their consent, "grinding" against girls, and attempting to remove or shift girls' clothing to expose private body parts".
No. 2 Senate GOP leader John Cornyn said the Judiciary panel had asked for interviews and information on new accusations, but he didn't indicate the hearing or planned votes would be delayed.
Avenatti posted Swetnick's sworn declaration on Twitter Wednesday morning.
On Wednesday he publicized his client's identity as Julie Swetnick and tweeted out a copy of the affidavit.
The controversy over Kavanaugh is unfolding just weeks before November 6 congressional elections in which Democrats are trying to take control of Congress from Trump's fellow Republicans, against a backdrop of the #MeToo movement fighting sexual harassment and assault.
He said Kavanaugh, in response, must shed the mantle of academic jurist and testify with "righteous indignation", in order to overcome Ford's "extraordinarily credible performance". He says Kavanaugh should not be confirmed without a full investigation.