Michael Avenatti

Kavanaugh's third accuser wants FBI probe before Senate interview

September 26, 2018 - 6:54 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) —  The lawyer for a third woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct said he won't agree to a Senate Judiciary Committee request to interview her immediately.

Michael Avenatti told The Associated Press that his client won't consider the committee's request it agrees to his demand for an FBI investigation of the accusation. He said doing the interview today would be "ridiculous."

Avenatti represents Julie Swetnick. She's accusing the Supreme Court nominee of sexual misconduct in the early 1980s.

The lawyer said Swetnick wants to be treated like Kavanaugh's initial accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

Ford hasn't been interviewed by committee staff. She and Kavanaugh are scheduled to testify publicly before the panel Thursday.

A former girlfriend of Mark Judge, Kavanaugh's high school friend, is willing to speak to the FBI and the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Elizabeth Rasor has said Judge told her that he and other teens took turns having sex with a drunken woman when they were in high school.

Rasor's attorney said in a letter obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press that her client would "welcome the opportunity to share this information."

Rasor met Judge in college and was in a relationship with him for about three years. She told The New Yorker that Judge told her he was ashamed of the incident.

Rasor's lawyer, Roberta Kaplan, said in the letter that her client's account in the story was accurate.

Judge and Kavanaugh have denied any misconduct.

As for Ford, she said in prepared testimony to a Senate committee that she believes Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a party when they were teenagers.

Kavanaugh has said he never sexually assaulted anyone in high school or at any other time in his life, and he says he didn't even attend the party where Ford says she was assaulted.

Ford said in testimony for Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that she was "terrified" to go public with her story. She said it's her "civic duty" to tell the senators what happened.

Ford said she doesn't have the answers to all the questions she know will be asked about that night and says she doesn't remember everything. But she said the details have "haunted" her into adulthood.