While President Trump was droning on this afternoon praising “how quality” his embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is, the Senate Judiciary Committee was reportedly dealing with yet another allegation of sexual misconduct against the president’s choice for a lifetime appointment to the court, according to a new report from NBC News.
The latest allegation comes from an anonymous source who sent a letter to Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO) accusing Kavanaugh of drunkenly assaulting a woman in his social circle in the Washington D.C. area as recently as 1998.
According to NBC:
“The sender of the complaint described an evening involving her own daughter, Kavanaugh and several friends in 1998.”
“’When they left the bar (under the influence of alcohol) they were all shocked when Brett Kavanaugh, shoved her friend up against the wall very aggressively and sexually.’”
“”There were at least four witnesses including my daughter.’” The writer of the letter provided no names but said the alleged victim was still traumatized and had decided to remain anonymous herself.”
Given the threats that have been made against Kavanaugh’s initial accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the reluctance of the latest accuser to be identified is understandable.
Investigators for Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee reportedly asked Kavanaugh about the new accusations in a phone call with committee staff yesterday and the nominee again denied being involved in these latest allegations.
“A Democratic source said the minority wasn’t satisfied by the Republicans’ questions about the incident during the call, calling them cursory, and believed it should be investigated more deeply,” NBC’s report says.
After Kavanaugh responded negatively to a question from Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) about whether he had ever engaged in sexual misconduct as an adult earlier in his hearings, any proof of the latest allegations could lead to charges of perjury during his testimony.
Whether the latest person to step forward with allegations of sexual assault will prove to be the final straw for Kavanaugh’s confirmation will be something we’ll have to wait until after tomorrow’s Judiciary Committee hearing where both Dr. Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh will be testifying to discover, but with the accuser count up to four women at this point, Kavanaugh is facing a career under a cloud no matter which way the final vote goes.
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