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Third Kavanaugh Accuser Identified as Pile-On Continues

Julie Swetnick’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti, calls for FBI investigation of new allegations

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A third accuser of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh came forward Wednesday, sending a sworn affidavit to the Senate Judiciary Committee alleging improper behavior.

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, also released a photo of the woman — Julie Swetnick.

“She is courageous, brave and honest. We ask that her privacy and that of her family be respected,” he tweeted.

Swetnick, who holds several government security clearances, joins two other women making allegations against Kavanaugh. Christine Blasey Ford, who is scheduled to testify Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, claims a drunken Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a house party when they both were in high school. Deborah Ramirez, a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh’s, has said he exposed himself in front of her at a dorm party.

“This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone. I don’t know who this is and this never happened.”

Swetnick, a Washington resident who went to Gaithersburg High School in Maryland, wrote that she attended more than 10 parties in high school in which Kavanaugh and his friends drank heavily and acted inappropriately.

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She wrote that Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge — along with others — would spike punch at house parties in an effort to get girls drunk enough that they lost their ability to say “no” to sex.

“I also witnessed efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others to cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of numerous boys,” she wrote. “I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room. These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh.”

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Swetnick wrote that in about 1982 she became a victim of one of these “gang” rapes. Though she did not name Kavanaugh as her rapist, she wrote that he and Judge were present at that party.

The White House issued a statement from Kavanaugh denying the new allegation.

“This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone,” he stated. “I don’t know who this is and this never happened.”

Judge’s attorney released a statement Wednesday: “Mr. Judge vehemently denies the allegations contained in the Swetnick affidavit.”

Kavanaugh, in a Fox News interview this week, said he never engaged in any sexually inappropriate behavior and denied drinking heavily in high school or college. He offers a similar denial in prepared remarks he plans to deliver in front of the committee on Thursday.

“The effort to destroy my good name will not drive me out,” the statement reads. “The vile threats of violence against my family will not drive me out.”

Swetnick, though, disputed the portrait Kavanaugh painted of himself during the Fox interview.

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“On numerous occasions at these parties, I witnessed Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh drink excessively and engage in highly inappropriate conduct, including being overly aggressive with girls and not taking ‘No’ for an answer,” she wrote. “This conduct included the fondling and grabbing of girls without their consent.”

Swetnick wrote that she saw Kavanaugh drink heavily and engage an “abusive and physically aggressive behavior toward girls.” He pressed girls, “grinding” against them and attempting to remove their shirts, she wrote.

“I often witnessed Brett Kavanaugh speak in a demeaning manner about girls in general as well as specific girls by name,” she wrote. “I also witnessed Brett Kavanaugh behave as a ‘mean drunk’ on many occasions at these parties.”

Avenatti has for several days been teasing the allegations he described as involving Kavanaugh and gang rapes in his adolescence.

Kavanaugh served as judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. President Donald Trump nominated him July 9, and the Senate Judiciary Committee held four tumultuous days of hearings beginning September 4.

The committee hearing on Thursday is scheduled for 10 a.m., with just two witnesses — Ford and Kavanaugh, although it still is not certain that Ford will attend.

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Ford has said that Judge and two other people were present at the party. All either have denied it or said they have no memory of such a party. Likewise, people supposedly in attendant at the Yale dorm party also have denied seeing the event Ramirez alleged in a New Yorker article.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the judiciary panel, knew of Ford’s allegations in July but sat on them until the September hearings concluded. That delay and the lack of corroboration has drawn suspicion by Trump and other Republicans.

Trump has accused Democrats of using the women in a “con job” designed to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation until after the November midterm election — or kill it outright.

Many of the protesters who disrupted the hearings were paid indirectly by radical liberal activist George Soros. Some Senate Democrats declared their opposition to any Supreme Court nominee put forward by Trump before he announced Kavanaugh, and most of them have declared their opposition since then.

If confirmed, Kavanaugh would cement a conservative majority on the Supreme Court. Conservatives believe Kavanaugh would be more consistent that retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, who defected on some key issues. Liberal fear Kavanaugh’s confirmation would lead to the overturning of the 1973 Roe v. Wade case legalizing abortion rights nationwide.

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