Wednesday, October 10, 2018

White House suggests Avenatti helped confirm Kavanaugh


The White House spokeswoman for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation team suggested on Tuesday that high-profile attorney Michael Avenatti inadvertently helped move along the then-nominee's confirmation process. “I think it took things to such an absurd point, and that’s when you really saw so many Americans across the country saying okay, enough is enough," Kerri Kupec told Hill.TV's "Rising." "This is ridiculous. This is no longer a fair evaluation of an individual for the Supreme Court seat, but this is a search and destroy," she continued. Avenatti represents adult film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Trump and his former longtime attorney, Michael Cohen. Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, is suing to void a nondisclosure agreement she signed as part of a hush money deal to keep quiet about her alleged affair with Trump. He has since made regular appearances on cable news and has expressed interest in launching a 2020 presidential bid. Avenatti released a sworn affidavit from his client, Julie Swetnick, last month in which she alleged Kavanaugh was part of a scheme to gang rape girls at house parties while in high school. Swetnick said she "witnessed efforts by … 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." She also claimed that Kavanaugh was present at the party where she says she was a victim of a gang rape. Kavanaugh forcefully denied Swetnick's allegations, and those of Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee last month. Ford has alleged that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a high school party in the 1980s. Ramirez alleged that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a party when the two were at Yale University. Kavanaugh has vehemently denied all allegations against him. He was confirmed to the Supreme Court on Saturday before being ceremonially sworn in by Trump on Monday.

  — Julia Manchester

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