As things stand, three different women are accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault and/or rape, along with conflicting reports of a possible fourth accuser. Only the first two accusers have come forward by name. But now the third accuser is about to do the same, and while we won’t know her name until sometime tomorrow, we are learning details about her background.
The woman, represented by attorney Michael Avenatti, is a former employee of the State Department and the U.S. Mint, according to a new statement made by Avenatti to reporters. This is the woman who is accusing Brett Kavanaugh of participating in multiple gang rapes. She says she’s a victim of it, and Avenatti says he has witnesses lined up who are willing to corroborate her story.
Why does it matter that this woman has worked for the State Department? We don’t believe that a woman’s career path or station in life should have any impact on her believability when it comes to sexual assault accusations. But what may be of importance here is that she has multiple security clearances, which means that she’s survived multiple background checks by the Feds. When it comes to the court of public opinion, she’ll have a strong counterargument to make when Kavanaugh’s defenders point out that he went through federal background checks while climbing the ranks as a judge.
After Deborah Ramirez came forward by name as Brett Kavanaugh’s second accuser, pivotal swing vote Susan Collins publicly called for her to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, even if it meant dragging out the hearings even longer. Once Avenatti’s client comes forward by name, which should happen no later than Wednesday night, all eyes will be on Collins to see if she also calls for this woman to be allowed to testify before the Senate.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report