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Chuck Grassley refers Michael Avenatti and Julie Swetnick for investigation


Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court was thrown into doubt that month after a college professor, Christine Blasey Ford, said he had drunkenly held her down forcibly on a bed, ground his body against her, and tried to pull off her clothes at a private home get-together of several high school students in the early 1980s.

Another woman soon went public with her claims that Kavanaugh during an acohol-fuelled party at Yale College in the mid-1980s.

Then, in an affidavit released in late September, Swetnick, 55, said she attended parties in the early 1980s with people including Kavanaugh.

She claimed in the affidavit that she learned of efforts by the justice and his friend, Mark Judge, “to spike the drinks of girls at house parties I attended with grain alcohol and/or drugs so as to cause girls to lose inhibitions and their ability to say ‘No.'”

Swetnick said she “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,” Swetnick said. “These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh.”

But in her NBC News Interview when asked if she saw Kavanaugh or Judge spike drinks, she said she saw Kavanaugh “around the punch containers” and had seen him “giving red cups to quite a few girls during that time frame.”

But, Swetnick added, “I don’t know what he did. But I saw him by them, yes.”

Also in that interview, Swetnick said that boys at these parties were not “lined up” but “huddled by the doors.” She said that she only realized the purpose of these groups when she became the victim of a gang rape.

Avenatti vaulted to national prominence as he represented former adult film actress Stormy Daniels in various legal claims against President Donald Trump, whom she claims had an affair with her in 2006. The White House has denied Daniels’ claims, but Trump reimbursed his ex-personal lawyer Michael Cohen for a $130,000 hush money payment he made to Daniels on the eve of the 2016 presidential election.

Avenatti is considering whether to mount a Democratic presidential bid in 2020.

The criminal investigation referral is the latest in a string of bad news for Avenatti.

On Monday, a judge said he must pay nearly $5 million to an attorney at his former law firm in a dispute over compensation. Last week, another judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by Daniels against Trump.



Source : CNBC

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