MICHAEL AVENATTI COMETH
Have the tut-tutters on the internet figured out yet that Michael Avenatti does not bluff? Yes, he's pretty, and yes he fucking LOVES being famous, and you who are Purer Than Thou just don't like that, therefore we shouldn't listen to Michael Avenatti, as if he hasn't brought the receipts each and every time he said he had them.
Speaking of receipts, oh my God, wow. And ugh. Unfortunately, we are so very not surprised by these allegations about Kavanaugh, the purported patron saint of sober choirboys, calendars and well-wishes. This would be the first time "gang rape" has entered the conversation, not that new accuser Julie Swetnick alleges 100% for sure that Kavanaugh (or his buddy Mark Judge) was a participant when she was gang raped at a party attended by Georgetown Prep boys. That's about the only dot she doesn't connect, though.
Here is the tweet Michael Avenatti sent a few minutes ago:
He also tweeted a picture of his client, Julie Swetnick.
Attached to that first tweet is a full statement from Swetnick, sworn under penalty of perjury. We have to read the language carefully, so we see exactly what it does allege and what it doesn't. But regardless, it's very, very damning.
On this first page, we learn that Swetnick went to Gaithersburg High School in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and that she's worked for the US government for many years, under many security clearances. People who get multiple clearances tend to be pretty trustworthy, we are just saying. (Unless they are Jared Kushner, but this is the pre-Trump days we are talking about.)
Swetnick says she met Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh in 1980-81, and that those two boys were "joined at the hip." This is clearly why Avenatti wants Mark Judge to testify so badly. Mark Judge, who is currently hiding out of town and refuses to testify.
The details start on page two:
Swetnick says she went to at least 10 parties where Judge and Kavanaugh were present, over the course of 1981-1983 or so. She says they drank "excessively," were "overly aggressive with girls," and didn't know the meaning of the word "No." (As Kavanaugh's college fraternity would say, "No means yes, yes means anal.")
She says Kavanaugh was a "mean drunk" who was "abusive and physically aggressive" toward girls, in a sexual manner. She says she also has heard he was the same way at BEACH WEEK, which shows up quite a bit in the calendars Kavanaugh turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which don't seem so exculpatory as Kavanaugh thought they might be!
The third page is where it gets graphic, and where we have to read carefully:
Swetnick alleges that Judge and Kavanaugh were known to "spike" the "punch" at these parties, so that girls would "lose their inhibitions." She says she learned to stay away from that punch. Then she goes on:
I witnessed efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others to "target" particular girls so they could be taken advantage of; it was usually a girl that was especially vulnerable because she was alone at the party or shy.
12. I also witnessed efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others to cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be "gang raped" in a side room or bedroom by a "train" of numerous boys. I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their "turn" with a girl inside the room. These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh.
When Wonkette wrote yesterday that we didn't think Brett Kavanaugh had "lettered in gang rape," we really hoped we were kidding. Maybe we weren't.
But to be clear, Swetnick is saying that she saw both Judge and Kavanaugh (and others!) target girls to get them drunk/otherwise fucked up, getting them incapacitated to the point that guys could take turns raping them. "These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh."
And finally, in 1982, she became the victim herself. While she doesn't specifically say Brett Kavanaugh or Mark Judge raped her personally, she gets pretty darn close. She doesn't say Kavanaugh and Judge were "at the party" -- she says they were present at her gang rape. And she says she had been incapacitated, probably by Quaaludes, so she couldn't fight the boys off.
And she says there are other witnesses.
Of course, these allegations aren't entirely out of the blue. In their New Yorker piece about Kavanaugh's second accuser Deborah Ramirez, Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow refer to a woman they talked to, who wished to remain anonymous, who talked of parties that sound exactly like what's described in Julie Swetnick's affidavit, where Georgetown Prep boys would drug/spike girls' drinks and take advantage of them:
Another woman who attended high school in the nineteen-eighties in Montgomery County, Maryland, where Georgetown Prep is located, also refuted Judge's account of the social scene at the time, sending a letter to Ford's lawyers saying that she had witnessed boys at parties that included Georgetown Prep students engaging in sexual misconduct. In an interview, the woman, who asked to have her name withheld for fear of political retribution, recalled that male students "would get a female student blind drunk" on what they called "jungle juice"—grain alcohol mixed with Hawaiian Punch—then try to take advantage of her. "It was disgusting," she said. "They treated women like meat."
The New Yorker also reports on comments from Elizabeth Rasor, who met Judge in college, who related things he had told her, apparently with some modicum of shame:
Rasor recalled that Judge had told her ashamedly of an incident that involved him and other boys taking turns having sex with a drunk woman. Rasor said that Judge seemed to regard it as fully consensual. She said that Judge did not name others involved in the incident, and she has no knowledge that Kavanaugh participated.
OR DID HE?
Quite frankly, Swetnick's allegations also sound like a supercharged version of what Dr. Christine Blasey Ford experienced from Kavanaugh himself, with Mark Judge in the room.
In other words, this is all sounding remarkably like different threads of the same story, threads that come together to make a ... mosaic? No, those don't have threads. A CROSS-STITCHED PILLOW ... that says "HOLY FUCKING SHIT BRETT KAVANAUGH WAS INVOLVED IN SOME REALLY DISGUSTING AND TERRIBLE SHIT IN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE, OH MY GOD." Granted, it's not a cross-stitched pillow that anyone would actually want in their house, but that's what it appears to say.
This morning, Michael Avenatti called in to "The View," where he said his client is 100% demanding an FBI investigation into all the allegations against Kavanaugh, and that absolutely, 100%, she is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
There might be an FBI investigation, but at this point we're not sure Brett Kavanaugh is going to be the subject of any more confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee.
We are just saying.
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