The political world turned upside down on Sunday night.
First, the New Yorker released an article that mentioned a second woman accusing Judge Kavanaugh of sexual assault. This wasn’t a high school incident, but when Kavanaugh was already an adult and enrolled at Yale. The woman’s name is Deborah Ramirez. She claims Kavanaugh thrust his penis in her face at a drunken dormitory party, causing her to touch it without her consent as he pushed her away.
Then, Michael Avenatti, dropped a bombshell that there is a third accuser, a new client of his, and several corroborating witnesses showing credible evidence that Kavanaugh is guilty of more sexual crimes.
I represent a woman with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge. We will be demanding the opportunity to present testimony to the committee and will likewise be demanding that Judge and others be subpoenaed to testify. The nomination must be withdrawn.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 23, 2018
Now – Avenatti is releasing more details – saying the extent of the allegations are even more sinister than we were made to believe. He says there is a yearbook entry, made by Kavanaugh that is commonly used by serial predators. The entry is: “FFFFFFFourth of July.”
Take a look at Avenatti’s description of the entry.
This is consistent with other predator’s usage of it.
Throughout all of this – Kavanaugh is swearing his innocence. It’s all happening so fast. He hasn’t even been given the chance to respond to all of it, at least not Avenatti’s claims.
Kavanaugh did talk to the New Yorker, though, and said he was looking forward to the Thursday hearing to clear his name against the second woman accusing him of assault.
“This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. The people who knew me then know that this did not happen, and have said so. This is a smear, plain and simple. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth, and defending my good name—and the reputation for character and integrity I have spent a lifetime building—against these last-minute allegations.”
That may not be good enough.
Given the sheer amount of people coming forward, and the number of witnesses, this upcoming hearing will not just be about one isolated incident that happened in high school. Far from it. Instead, it will show a pattern of behavior that has remained hidden for a long time.
While this information may be coming at the last hour, which Republicans say is enough to undermine it, keep in mind that Republicans don’t have all the votes yet to confirm Kavanaugh. If a few Republican Senators think the information presented is damaging enough, President Trump may have to find himself another Supreme Court nominee, and by then Democrats could take over the Senate, further delaying the pick indefinitely. Remember what happened with President Obama’s SCOTUS pick, Merrick Garland? Democrats will do the same.