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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Just as Senate Republicans finally capitulated to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s request to testify about her attempted rape allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, The New Yorker’s Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer dropped the news that yet another woman, Deborah Ramirez, alleges being assaulted by Kavanaugh during a party at Yale — and further allege that Senate Republicans tried to speed up the vote upon learning of the allegations.

But more might still be to come, thanks to attorney Michael Avenatti.

On Sunday, just before Ramirez’s allegation was made public, Avenatti tweeted, “I represent a woman with credible information regarding Judge Kavanaugh and Mark Judge.” After the New Yorker story dropped, Avenatti clarified in a second tweet that his client “is not Deborah Ramirez.” And he added that she has evidence Kavanaugh and Judge “would participate in the targeting of women with alcohol/drugs,” and will “be demanding the opportunity to present testimony to the committee and will likewise be demanding that Judge and others be subpoenaed to testify.”

Judge, a friend of Kavanaugh’s at Georgetown Prep who has been named as a key witness to Ford’s allegations, has denied any knowledge of the incidents. However, he is refusing to testify under oath, and Senate Republicans are refusing to subpoena him to do so.

In conversation with POLITICO, Avenatti confirmed further details, including that he in fact represented multiple clients with information — but that one of them was, indeed, a third accuser:

Avenatti told POLITICO he represents a group of individuals who can corroborate allegations involving Kavanaugh and his longtime friend in the 1980s.

Avenatti said he’d describe just one of the individuals as a victim.

“She will testify,” he said. “But before she does, she will likely appear on camera for an interview.”

He said the others were witnesses to the allegations. Avenatti would not elaborate on the number of clients but said he represents them alone.

Avenatti is best known as the attorney for porn star Stephanie Clifford, a.k.a. Stormy Daniels, who earlier this year sued President Donald Trump to get out of a $130,000 hush-money agreement brokered during the 2016 presidential election over Trump’s extramarital encounter with her.

Trump has since backed down and torn up the contract, and Michael Cohen, the former personal Trump lawyer who brokered the deal, pleaded guilty in August to 8 federal felony charges stemming from his role in the deal.

Matthew Chapman is a video game designer, science fiction author, and political reporter from Austin, TX. Follow him on Twitter @fawfulfan.