Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, Julie Swetnick have sat on stories of abuse for more than three decades, ashamed of being made sexual victims but determined to stop the predator who attacked them from rising to the highest court in the nation.
Swetnick alleges that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was at a 1982 house party where she was gang raped, according to a statement released by attorney Michael Avenatti the day before Dr. Christine Blasey Ford is scheduled to testify at a Senate confirmation hearing.
Ford, Kavanaugh’s first public accuser, will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday and her attorneys have sent sworn and signed declarations from four people who she told about her claims of sexual assault by the Supreme Court nominee.
Declarations from Ford’s husband, Russell, and three friends, support the California college professor’s accusation that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, groped her and attempted to pull off her clothes while both were high school students in 1982.
Kavanaugh faces a second accusation of sexual assault from Deborah Ramirez, who claims the Supreme Court nominee exposed himself and pushed his genitals into her face at a drunken party when they were both freshmen during the 1983-84 academic year at Yale University.
“Eleven days ago, Dr. Ford publicly accused me of committing a serious wrong more than 36 years ago when we were both in high school,” said Kavanaugh in a prepared statement. “I denied the allegation immediately, unequivocally, and categorically. The next day, I told this Committee that I wanted to testify as soon as possible, under oath, to clear my name.”
“Over the past few days, other false and uncorroborated accusations have been aired. There has been a frenzy to come up with something—anything, no matter how far-fetched or odious—that will block a vote on my nomination,” said Kavanaugh.
After initially steering clear of his typical behavior, President Donald Trump — who has been accused by at least 16 women of inappropriate conduct, boasted about sexually assaulting women and secretly paid off a porn star and nude model after having sex with them — burst into a tirade against the alleged victims and their advocates.
“Avenatti is a third rate lawyer who is good at making false accusations, like he did on me and like he is now doing on Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” said Trump on Twitter. “He is just looking for attention and doesn’t want people to look at his past record and relationships – a total low-life!”
Republicans are charging ahead in hopes that they can get Kavanaugh confirmed to a lifetime appointment, because they fear losing control of the Senate in midterm elections and he is expected to both support efforts to outlaw abortion and make the argument that the President is essentially above the law.
Swetnick has worked for the federal government off and on for more than a decade, which included being vetted multiple times for security clearances.
The 55-year-old woman has active clearances for her work for the U.S. Department of Treasury, the U.S. Mint, and the Internal Revenue Service as well as four top secret ratings that are inactive from work she did at U.S. Department of State (DOS), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), plus Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
Ford, a college professor who said she was assaulted by him in high school while his friend Mark Judge watched.
In a sworn statement, Swetnick claims Kavanaugh and Judge were both present when she was “gang-raped” at a party in 1982.
Swetnick, who attended high school in Gaithersburg, Md., claims that between 1981 and 1983 she was at house parties attended by Kavanaugh. She said Kavanaugh and friends tried to “spike” girls’ drinks with alcohol and drugs in order for women to be gang-raped.
“I became the victim of one of these ‘gang’ or ‘train’ rapes where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present. Shortly after the incident, I shared what had transpired with at least two other people. During the incident, I was incapacitated without my consent and unable to fight off the boys raping me. I believe I was drugged using Quaaludes or something similar placed in what I was drinking,” Swetnick said.
In her statement, Swetnick said she saw “Brett Kavanaugh drink excessively at many of these parties and engage in abusive and physically aggressive behavior toward 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.”
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