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December 18, 2018

Brett Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick wants to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee, lawyer Michael Avenatti says

September 28, 2018
 Julie Swetnick, one of the women accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, hopes to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, her lawyer said Thursday.

Swetnick claims that Kavanaugh, who is set to testify himself in proceedings that began Thursday, was in the room when she was gang raped while “incapacitated” at a party in the early 1980s.

She has released a sworn declaration describing the alleged attack, which took place in the Washington, D.C., area. However, lawyer Michael Avenatti told the Daily News on Thursday that Swetnick refused an offer from the committee for closed-door interviews with staff members.

“She’s not going to sit for an interview, there’s no reason for an interview, she wants to testify and she wants an FBI investigation,” Avenatti told The News. “I am prepared to bring her to Washington and have her meet with Sen. Collins, Sen. Grassley, Sen. Feinstein or whatever senator wants to meet. We will make ourselves and we want her testimony in a public setting.”

Swetnick told John Heilemann of Showtime’s “The Circus” in an interview that will air Sunday that she wants the American people to have the facts so they can “judge for themselves.”

The first Kavanaugh accuser to do an on-camera interview, she told Heilemann that she does not believe that Kavanaugh belongs on the Supreme Court.

When asked if the allegations she made about him in her sworn statement are disqualifying, she told Heilemann: “I think all of the above.”

“That’s not the type of behavior that anybody at any age should do,” she said. “I don’t think women should be treated that way. And I don’t think that any human being should treat people that way.”

Kavanaugh has denied allegations made by all the women that have come forward. He said in a statement that Swetnick’s accusations are “from the twilight zone.”

Christine Blasey Ford, another Kavanaugh accuser, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Kavanaugh will follow.

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