Senate Republicans Just Released the Most Disgusting Attack Yet Against One of Kavanaugh's Accusers

Senate Republicans Just Released the Most Disgusting Attack Yet Against One of Kavanaugh's Accusers

The third woman to accuse Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, Julie Swetnick, has been taken the least seriously of Kavanaugh's accusers. The original guidelines of the reopened FBI investigation into Kavanaugh does not even include her for an interview.

But Swetnick is not just being ignored. Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee are actively trying to assassinate her character.

On Tuesday, Judiciary Republicans released a letter sent to them by a man named Dennis Ketterer, a former Washington, D.C. weatherman who claims to have almost had an affair with Swetnick in 1993, and says that she is not a credible witness against Kavanaugh, in part because "she liked to have sex with more than one guy at a time."

Swetnick, who is represented by celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti, has alleged she was gang-raped at high school parties she attended while she was in college, where Kavanaugh was also present. While she did not accuse Kavanaugh himself of raping her, she alleged Kavanaugh was part of the group that spiked women's drinks to make them easier targets.

For Republicans to release this letter publicly constitutes a new low. Swetnick's sexual preferences in the 1990s are beside the point of whether she was assaulted at a young age. The GOP is simply resorting to any means they can think of to muddy the credibility of Kavanaugh's accusers — all the while insisting that an honest investigation of Kavanaugh's behavior would "ruin his life."

This is not the behavior of a party that wants an honest vetting of judicial nominees.

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