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In a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the woman named in a fourth anonymous accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh vigorously denied that Kavanaugh behaved in the manner alleged, The Washington Times reported.
The allegations had been made by the mother of a witness to the incident in a letter to Colorado GOP Sen. Cory Gardner, according to the Denver Post. It dated back to 1998, during Kavanaugh’s time with the Ken Starr investigation in Washington, D.C.
“Her friend was dating him, and 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,” the letter read.
“There were at least four witnesses, including my daughter.”
The letter contained no name or return address when it arrived at Sen. Gardner’s office last Saturday.
“Upon receiving the anonymous letter, we immediately notified the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is handling the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh. The letter was shared with both Republican staff and Democrat staff,” Gardner’s office said in a Wednesday statement.
On Friday, however, the woman who was dating Kavanaugh at the time — Dabney Friedrich, currently a U.S. District Court judge in Washington D.C. — repudiated the contents of the letter.
“I write in response to a phone call I received this evening from Mike Davis, Chief Nominations Counsel for the Committee. In our phone call, Mr. Davis read an anonymous letter sent to Colorado Senator Cory Gardner dated September 22, 2018,” the statement to the Judiciary Committee read.
“Mr. Davis asked me (1) whether I dated Brett Kavanaugh in 1998 and (2) whether he ever shoved me against a wall. Mr. Davis also emailed me the attached letter and asked me to provide an immediate and written response to the Committee.
“As I informed Mr. Davis, I dated Brett Kavanaugh in 1998. To the extent the attached letter is referring to me as the ‘friend [who] was dating him,’ the allegations it makes are both offensive and absurd,” it continued.
“At no time did Brett ever shove me against a wall, including in an ‘aggressive and sexual’ manner. When we dated, Brett always treated me with the utmost respect, and we remain friends to this day. I have never observed (nor am I aware of) Brett acting in a physically inappropriate or aggressive manner toward anyone.”
The woman dating Kavanaugh in 1998, Dabney Friedrich, says Kavanaugh never attacked her and always treated her with respect. Here's her letter to investigators: https://t.co/AtInjvcnuK
— Kevin Daley (@KevinDaleyDC) September 27, 2018
So, we have an anonymous letter to a senator with odd misspellings (including that her daughter was “wondering what to due about it”) versus the word of a federal court judge who dated him and was allegedly the target of this inappropriate behavior.
Judge Dabney Friedrich of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, who dated Kavanaugh in 1998, denied the allegations in an anonymous tip sent to a U.S. senator that suggested Kavanaugh had “shoved” his ex-girlfriend “against a wall.” https://t.co/dBr8ZqKJaD pic.twitter.com/iUPP9twsY3
— New York Law Journal (@NYLawJournal) September 27, 2018
This again brings us back, realistically, to two accusations (unless you believe the strange tale that came out of Michael Avenatti, which — well, the mere name Avenatti is sort of the imprimatur of a farce, and his involvement in this is yet more proof). One accuser has testified, the other initially refused to but is now saying she might.
The key here seems to be throwing as many accusations as possible in Kavanaugh’s way. Eventually, the reasoning goes, he’ll have to withdraw his nomination.
Kavanaugh hasn’t withdrawn yet, and thus far, the Trump administration seems to be backing him up. Perhaps most ominously for the Democrats, this latest allegation makes their case look even shakier.
Whether this changes anything remains to be seen, but this can’t be seen as a positive augury for those looking to run out the clock on the Kavanaugh nomination.