The Senate Judiciary Committee is reviewing new allegations lodged Wednesday against Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, from a woman who claims to have directly witnessed sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh during his high school years.
In a sworn declaration provided to the committee and released on Twitter by attorney Michael Avenatti, Julie Swetnick of Washington, DC claims she observed Kavanaugh at more than ten house parties in the early 1980’s. She said at numerous parties Kavanaugh was drunk and engaging in what she called “highly inappropriate conduct,” including “fondling and grabbing of girls without their consent.”
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Commentary by The Secular Jurist: The fact that this new 3rd accuser and at least four other witnesses have signed sworn affidavits is extremely significant because it means they could be prosecuted for perjury if proven false, and it could be admissible as evidence in criminal or impeachment proceedings against Kavanaugh. Witnesses who are either lying or uncertain of their accusations would be very reluctant to leave themselves so legally exposed. Therefore, these signed declarations give credence to the veracity of their assertions.