‘Smelled of a shakedown’: Fox reporter recounts personal story with Christine Ford’s attorney

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A Fox News reporter vividly recalls his encounter with the “sleazy” attorney representing one of the accusers of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Doug McKelway, a Washington, D.C. based reporter for Fox News, was an NBC anchor in the mid 1990s when he set off to interview Debra Katz, the lawyer for Christine Blasey Ford.

He recalled the doomed interview in a series of tweets on Wednesday.

McKelway, who joined Fox News Channel in 2010, previously served as an anchor for WJLA-TV in Washington, DC, and as a reporter and anchor for WRC-TV (NBC4) also in Washington.

He recounted the meeting with Katz and how he verbalized his suspicions to the attorney.

Katz, it was revealed in a Wall Street Journal report, has another connection to the Kavanaugh accusations. Her law firm reportedly represented Julie Swetnick, Kavanaugh’s third accuser, in a sexual harassment complaint against her former employer, New York Life Insurance, more than a decade ago.

The Washington lawyer known for her work on sexual harassment cases sang a very different tune in the 1980s as  Paula Jones sued former President Bill Clinton for sexual harassment. While Jones accused Clinton of touching her and exposing himself to her while in a hotel room, Katz repeatedly dismissed her claims as too weak to hold up in court.

”If a woman came to me with a similar fact pattern, that is someone in the company above her propositioned her but only once and she suffered no tangible job detriment,” Ms. Katz told The New York Times back in 1998, ”I would probably tell her that I’m sorry, it’s unfair, but you don’t have a case.”

”If it’s one time, it has to be severe, almost a sexual assault, not just a touching of somebody’s breast or buttocks or even forceful kissing,” she said.

Katz has even defended former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken, who resigned after allegations of sexual misconduct.

“Context is relevant,” Katz said of the former comedian.“He did not do this as a member of the U.S. Senate. He did this in his capacity of someone who was still functioning as an entertainer.”

The Trump-hating lawyer has also been a stauch Democratic donor and was seen in a video from a February 2017 protest rally following the confirmation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The story Fox News’ McKelway shared about his encounter with Katz sparked angry reactions on Twitter.

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