Accuser of Trump’s court pick offers statements to back accusation

Michael Avenatti

Michael Avenatti

A woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee, of sexual assault has given a Senate panel sworn statements from four people aimed at backing up her allegation.

A lawyer said he had details about a new allegation by another woman against the judge.

Lawyer Michael Avenatti said on Twitter he has submitted a sworn statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee from a woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Reuters was not immediately able to verify the substance of the woman’s allegation.

Avenatti also represents adult film star Stormy Daniels, who previously filed suit against Trump to try to void a non-disclosure agreement under which the president’s former personal lawyer paid her $130,000 not to discuss her alleged relationship with Trump more than a decade ago.

Avenatti’s statements represent the latest development in the pitched battle in the U.S. Senate over whether to confirm Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge picked by Trump in July, for a lifetime job on the top U.S. court.

Three women have now accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford, who have accused Kavanaugh of a sexual assault in 1982, released signed documents from Ford’s husband, Russell Ford, and three friends.

Ford and Kavanaugh are due to testify before the Judiciary Committee at a high-stakes hearing on Thursday ahead of a vote scheduled in the panel on Friday on his nomination.

The allegations against Kavanaugh have endangered his chances of confirmation in the Senate, which Trump’s fellow Republicans control by a narrow 51-49 margin.

The controversy has unfolded ahead of the Nov. 6 congressional elections in which Democrats seek to take control from the Republicans.

Russell Ford said his wife shared her story during a couple’s therapy session in 2012.

“I remember her saying that the attacker’s name was Brett Kavanaugh, that he was a successful lawyer who had grown up in Christine’s home town, and that he was well-known in the Washington, D.C. community,” Russell Ford said.

A long-time friend, Keith Koegler, said that in 2016 Ford told her that as a high school student she was sexually assaulted by a boy who became a federal judge in Washington.

Before Trump nominated Kavanaugh in July, Ford and Koegler had an email exchange in which she said she had been referring to Kavanaugh, Koegler said. -Reuters

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