Senator Lindsey Graham has joined the chorus of voices who are questioning the truthfulness of Julie Swetnick’s accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
In a series of tweets, Graham not only attempts to poke holes in her story, but also insinuates that her attorney, Michael Avenatti, isn’t credible because his other client, Stormy Daniels, is an adult film star.
“From my view, just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it just did,” Graham wrote. “The lawyer to porn stars has just taken this debacle to an even lower level.”
On Wednesday, Avenatti tweeted a sworn statement by Swetnick in which she alleges that Brett Kavanaugh added drugs to girls’ drinks to make them more vulnerable to gang rapes.
“I witnessed Brett Kavanaugh consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women during the early 1980s,” her statement reads.
Swetnick currently has active security clearances because of her work with the U.S. Department of Treasury, the U.S. Mint, and the Internal Revenue Service. Lying on a sworn affidavit comes with legal consequences that could jeopardize her career.
Senator Graham tried to use the story she swore to in the affidavit to undermine her credibility.
“I have a difficult time believing any person would continue to go to – according to the affidavit – ten parties over a two-year period where women were routinely gang raped and not report it,” he tweeted.
From my view, just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it just did.
The lawyer to porn stars has just taken this debacle to an even lower level.
I hope people will be highly suspicious of this allegation presented by Michael Avenatti.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 26, 2018
But there were Twitter users who posed counter-arguments to what Lindsey Graham had to say.
“I was a teenage girl in the 80s,” one Twitter user wrote. “I wouldn’t have reported the many instances of awful/criminal behavior of the boys I knew because bad behavior was celebrated. Girls who came forward were destroyed, and girls who avoided social events were social outcasts. You have no idea.”
Here is a picture of my client Julie Swetnick. She is courageous, brave and honest. We ask that her privacy and that of her family be respected. pic.twitter.com/auuSeHm5s0
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 26, 2018
Although the senator seems to be scoffing at Julie Swetnick’s accusations, Gabriel Sherman, a Vanity Fair special correspondent, says that the White House is taking them seriously. On Wednesday, he tweeted that aides at the White House were “shocked” by her allegations and that they think they could spell a collapse of the Kavanaugh nomination process.
“Privately aides involved in nomination saying ‘this could be end of the line’ for (sic) Kavanugh, per outside adviser briefed on discussions,” he wrote.
White House shocked by Avenatti claims. Privately aides involved in nomination saying “this could be end of the line” for Kavanugh, per outside adviser briefed on discussions.
— Gabriel Sherman (@gabrielsherman) September 26, 2018
Julie Swetnick joins two other women who have accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually violent behavior. Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was the first to do so. She alleges that, at a high school party, Kavanaugh held her down and tried to forcibly remove her clothes.
1600 men signed a full-page NYT ad today in support of Christine Blasey Ford. It’s a throwback to the ad in 1991 when 1600 black women did this in support of Anita Hill. Organized by the Phenomenal Women Action Campaign. pic.twitter.com/hWvfYHjvRL
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) September 26, 2018