It seems when it comes to those accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, it is indeed a small world.
According to Rebecca Ballhaus of the Wall Street Journal, Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh’s third accuser, Julie Swetnick have a little more in common than just their allegations.
Swetnick’s name surfaced Wednesday as Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing porn star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Donald Trump, announced his new client who claims she was a victim of gang rape at a 1982 party where Brett Kavanaugh was present.
Here is a picture of my client Julie Swetnick. She is courageous, brave and honest. We ask that her privacy and that of her family be respected. pic.twitter.com/auuSeHm5s0
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 26, 2018
The Supreme Court nominee denied the new allegations in a statement released by the White House Wednesday.
“This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone,” he said. “I don’t know who this is, and this never happened.”
In a report for The Wall Street Journal published Wednesday, Ballhaus and Aruna Viswanatha found that more than ten years ago, Swetnick received a financial settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit against New York Life Insurance, her former employer.
New: A decade ago, Julie Swetnick made a sexual harassment complaint against her former employer, New York Life Insurance. Representing her was the firm run by Debra Katz, who now reps Christine Blasey Ford. She was ultimately paid a financial settlement. https://t.co/goobX4fivL pic.twitter.com/UJ1LFRRc6M
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) September 26, 2018
The firm run by Debra Katz, the attorney who now represents Ford, represented Swetnick in that complaint.
That’s a hell of a coincidence.
— Gary HokieHawk (@grsvt81) September 27, 2018
Of all the attorneys in the world…..
— marthadurham (@marthadurham512) September 27, 2018
According to the Wall Street Journal, Swetnick’s online resume indicates she has worked as a web developer and has subcontracted for government agencies including those in the U.S. Treasury and State Departments.
The report said:
Ms. Swetnick, who Mr. Avenatti said approached him about a month ago with her allegations, has little online presence. A registered voter in Washington, she isn’t affiliated with any political party. Federal Election Commission records show no donations by her to federal candidates. She has had a hunting license in Montana, according to public records, and was for years a resident of Bethesda, Md., where she listed a business in 2009 called International Building Solutions.
Public records reveal a handful of instances in which Ms. Swetnick filed complaints against others, or been the subject of them. Mr. Avenatti didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Those cases included a 1993 criminal harassment complaint in Maryland against a podiatrist and a 2001 domestic-violence case in Florida where Swetnick’s former boyfriend filed a restraining order against her, alleging she threatened him following a break-up after a four-year relationship.
The Journal report also revealed run-ins with tax authorities for unpaid taxes in 2015 and 2017.
As Ford and Kavanaugh are set to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, the new allegations by Swetnick were attacked by Kavanaugh and dozens of his classmates who came forward with letter saying they never even heard of Swetnick.
Trump attacked Avenatti hours after he posted Swetnick’s sworn declaration, calling him 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.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham found Swetnick’s claims hard to believe.
I have a difficult time believing any person would continue to go to – according to the affidavit – ten parties over a two-year period where women were routinely gang raped and not report it.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 26, 2018
Why would any reasonable person continue to hang around people like this?
Why would any person continue to put their friends and themselves in danger?
Isn’t there some duty to warn others?
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 26, 2018
Many others on Twitter reacted to the connection between Kavanaugh’s accusers.
You have to be shitting me. https://t.co/nMMZfyPLno
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) September 27, 2018
The plot thickens.
— Barbara Nelson (@Barbara96601499) September 26, 2018
WAIT… WHAAAAAAAAAAAA?? https://t.co/ogCZKY7ZOd
— GayPatriot™️ (@GayPatriot) September 27, 2018
Now THIS is journalism.
— NYYChamps2018 (@NyyChamps2018) September 27, 2018
So basically Debra Katz said, ” Hey I know just the right person who would be perfect as the next victim!” pic.twitter.com/dD1bsqofH6
— john booker (@johnone2345) September 27, 2018
Imagine thst?. I am so amazed at how many coincidences there are with all these accusers
— Rich G (@gudgetalks) September 26, 2018
I’m shocked that there is a connection. Shocked, I tell you.
— Bob Oakes (@MDMC35) September 27, 2018
Shocker, not. This is all orchestrated and tied together.
— Kevin Hathcock (@KevinHathcock) September 27, 2018
They all know each other. Of course. Because it’s an orchestrated smear.
— Lono (@LonoSG) September 27, 2018
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