In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Mark Judge — the high school friend of Brett Kavanaugh’s who was implicated by new accuser Julie Swetnick — called the new charges “bizarre” and insisted he had nothing to do with them.
Swetnick’s allegations are by far the strangest of the lot, something that hasn’t been helped by the fact she’s represented by Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti.
According to a statement provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Swetnick claims she “attended well over ten house parties in the Washington, D.C. area during the years 1981-1983 where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present.”
She says she “witnessed efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others to cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of numerous boys. I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room. These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh.”
“In approximately 1982, I became the victim of one of these ‘gang’ or ‘train’ rapes where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present,” the statement continued.
“During the incident, I was incapacitated without my consent and unable to fight off the boys raping me. I believe I was drugged using Quaaludes or something similar placed in what I was drinking.”
In a statement, Judge Kavanaugh said, “This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone. I don’t know who this is and this never happened.”
Mark Judge had a similar reaction when he submitted a statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“The allegations in the Swetnick affidavit are so bizarre, that even while suffering from my addiction, I would remember actions so outlandish,” Judge wrote. “I categorically deny them.”
Judge has previously acknowledged suffering from drug and alcohol addiction.
“I will cooperate with any law enforcement agency that is assigned to confidentially investigate these allegations,” he added in the letter, categorically denying he even knew Swetnick.
JUST IN: “I will cooperate with any law enforcement agency that is assigned to confidentially investigate these allegations," Mark Judge says in letter to Senate Judiciary Committee. https://t.co/W56scjVEVV pic.twitter.com/JKLDDLa4Ki
— ABC News (@ABC) September 28, 2018
Beyond the fact that the story sounds plagiarized from the most ridiculous pulp fiction novels one could find and that it comes with the baggage of the man Tucker Carlson so aptly dubbed the “creepy porn lawyer,” there are other issues with the story.
For instance, Swetnick graduated from high school in 1980 — a year before she started attending these “gang rape” parties and two years before she herself says she was assaulted. Also, while one would just as soon not ask the question, what sort of individual attends more than one “gang rape” party or hangs around any gathering where known principals in “gang rape” parties are present?
Both of these are very serious issues with the whole accusation, and hardly the only ones. “Bizarre” is indeed the right word for it, as it is for so many things involved with the Kavanaugh case. Judge’s letter in isolation wouldn’t necessarily be all that damning.
In concert with everything else, however, it puts into stark relief just how “Twilight Zone” this claim really is.
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