The Senate Judiciary Committee is looking into another claim that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a fourth woman. NBC News reports that Republican Colorado senator Cory Gardner received the anonymous complaint that alleges that a drunken Kavanaugh physically assaulted a woman in 1998 in Washington D.C.
Republican Senate investigators asked Kavanaugh about the new complaint during a call on Tuesday between Kavanaugh and committee staff.
When asked about the allegation, contained in an anonymous letter sent to a GOP senator, Kavanaugh responded, “we’re dealing with an anonymous letter about an anonymous person and an anonymous friend. It’s ridiculous. Total twilight zone. And no, I’ve never done anything like that.”
While Republican staff posed questions to Kavanaugh, their Democratic counterparts were also on the call but did not ask any questions.
“We have no reason to assign the letter credibility,” Taylor Foy, a spokesperson for Judiciary chairman Charles Grassley said. “And even if we did, we’d have no way to investigate the allegation as it was made anonymously and cannot be corroborated. The committee regularly receives anonymous letters, some of which are viewed with credibility, but many of which are not. To make sure no stone was left unturned, the committee asked Judge Kavanaugh yesterday about this anonymous letter. Judge Kavanaugh flatly denied any such event ever happened.”
The anonymous complaint that was sent to Republican Sen. Cory Gardner of Colorado, claimed that Kavanaugh physically assaulted a woman he socialized with in the Washington, D.C., area in 1998 while he was inebriated.
The sender of the complaint described an evening involving her own daughter, Kavanaugh and several friends in 1998.
“When they left the bar (under the influence of alcohol) they were all shocked when Brett Kavanaugh, shoved her friend up against the wall very aggressively and sexually.”
“There were at least four witnesses including my daughter.” The writer of the letter provided no names but said the alleged victim was still traumatized and had decided to remain anonymous herself.
A Democratic source said the minority wasn’t satisfied by the Republicans’ questions about the incident during the call, calling them cursory, and believed it should be investigated more deeply.
“Senate democrats are focusing on the allegations — serious and credible allegations — that include people who have come forward,” a senior Democratic aide told NBC News. “Without the FBI's willingness to get involved, we can't investigate this claim further.”
“Republicans may have leaked these in an attempt to make the others look frivolous by association,“ the aide said.
Source: NBC News