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Kamala Harris Receives Anonymous Letter Accusing Kavanaugh of Rape
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49248"><span class="small">Jeff McDonald, The San Diego Union-Tribune</span></a>   
Wednesday, 03 October 2018 08:24

McDonald writes: "On the eve of last week's dramatic Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, legislative staffers questioned him privately about an anonymous letter purportedly from an Oceanside woman saying Kavanaugh and a friend raped her."

Brett Kavanaugh. (photo: REX/Shutterstock)
Brett Kavanaugh. (photo: REX/Shutterstock)


Kamala Harris Receives Anonymous Letter Accusing Kavanaugh of Rape

By Jeff McDonald, The San Diego Union-Tribune

03 October 10

 

n the eve of last week’s dramatic Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, legislative staffers questioned him privately about an anonymous letter purportedly from an Oceanside woman saying Kavanaugh and a friend raped her.

The hand-written letter was sent to the downtown San Diego office of California Sen. Kamala Harris two weeks ago.

Staffers read the two-and-a-half page letter to Kavanaugh and questioned him about it at 8:07 p.m. Wednesday, according to a transcript of the telephone interview released on Monday.

The letter was signed “Jane Doe, Oceanside, California.”

According to the transcript of the 21-minute interview, Kavanaugh denied the allegation outright, insisting that he never sexually assaulted anyone in a car or elsewhere.

"The whole thing is ridiculous," Kavanaugh told his interviewers. "Nothing ever -- anything like that, nothing. I mean that. The whole thing's just a crock, farce, wrong, didn't happen, not anything close!"

Monday’s release of the interview transcript shows the kinds of information that senators, attorneys and the nominee have been sorting through, some of it behind the scenes, as they assess Kavanaugh’s fitness for the highest court in the land.

The Oceanside letter is undated and offers few clues about where or when the alleged assault occurred.

"Kavanaugh kissed me forcefully. I told him I only wanted a ride home," the author wrote. "Kavanaugh continued to grope me over my clothes, forcing his kisses on me and putting his hand under my sweater. 'No,' I yelled at him."

The transcript makes reference to the Oceanside woman becoming the sixth allegation against Kavanaugh late in the proceedings.

The latest accuser said Kavanaugh continued to grope her despite her pleas for him to stop. At the same time, the boy in the back seat covered her mouth so she could not scream, she wrote.

According to the accuser, who said she is a teacher who was afraid to come forward because of the potential impact to her and her family, she had been attending a party with a friend who left with a different boy, leaving her to find her own way home. She acknowledged she had been drinking at the gathering.

The letter, which was marked "urgent" across the envelope, concludes with an explanation for why the alleged rape was not reported. She said times were different at the time of the attack. She also said she has grown up to receive an education and start a family and a home.

"Just because something happens a long time ago, because a rape victim doesn't want to personally come forward, does not mean something can't be true,” she wrote.

Harris spokeswoman Lily Adams said the correspondence came with no return address.

"As soon as our office received the letter, we turned it over to the chairman's office and to the FBI, which is the standard practice," Adams said in a telephone interview late Monday.

At the end of the interview, the staffers said to Kavanaugh, “This call is not part of the FBI background investigation because we received these allegations outside of the FBI background investigation. But we want to just find out from you, do you object to the public release of what you have said today on this phone call, including the public release of the transcript?”

Kavanaugh replied, “I do not object.”

It is not clear whether the latest accusation will become part of the limited, reopened FBI investigation, launched after Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, requested it on Friday as a condition of his support for moving the nomination from the committee to the full Senate.

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+14 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-10-03 09:04
I think it is unethical to publicize anonymous allegation. They have the effect only of smearing someone. There are letters like this now coming out about Dr. Ford and her private life. They should be ignored. We have a case to prove or disprove. We should stick to that. Anyone can make an anonymous claim about anyone.

All people have a fundamental right to confront and challenge anyone who accuses them of a crime. Anonymity destroys that right. Kamala Harris should know better than this.
 
 
+9 # nice2bgreat 2018-10-03 12:37
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Aside from a "possibility" that this accusation is true, I would also add, that, something like this smacks of a political smear.

In addition -- while anonymous and unsubstantiated -- the likelihood that it is from a Republican operative is as high or higher than a Democratic operative.

It could also be from just some (unwise) person trying to help tank the Kavanaugh nomination. However, as is, this is just the kind of trick or circumstance that Republicans like use to seize on to, to justify their actions.

False flags, lies, misdirection, obfuscation, sophistry, etc., etc. Whatever it takes to achieve their agenda, Republicans will do it -- and corporatist Democrats are usually complicit or helping.

This was all Kabuki Theatre until Christine Blasey Ford came out.

And now, it seems as if Democrats may actually succeed in forcing Kavanaugh out. It really hinges upon the FBI investigation.

There's already ample proof that Kavanaugh lied before Congress, that Kavanaugh avoided answering direct questions in a way he'd never tolerate witness non-responsiven ess in his own courtroom, and that Bart O' lacks judicial temperament or credibility to sit as a Supreme Court justice.

But barring definitive proof of Kavanaugh lying to Congress or corroboration of other criminal accusations, and again, proving Kavanaugh lied, drunk on power Republicans will ram this nomination through the same way Kavanaugh, would have rammed Blasey had that not been disrupted.
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+28 # Macserp 2018-10-03 09:44
This story is a week old...... one has to wonder why this is just coming into public view, and also, why something like this, given the situation, wouldn't have prompted an automatic investigation by the FBI and mention by the committee, however difficult an anonymous accusation like this might be to pursue. It really does start to seem like its all one big club for those in power and everyone is in cahoots, and the rest is just theater for the electorate.
 
 
+6 # economagic 2018-10-03 12:04
"one has to wonder . . . why something like this, given the situation, wouldn't have prompted an automatic investigation by the FBI and mention by the committee."

For one thing, Trump's claims that the FBI is part of a conspiracy against him is malarkey, like everything he says. His words come out of his id and his ego and bypass his brain completely. And yes, the two-tiered nature of USian society is pretty widely acknowledged. Even the Romans understood it: "bread and circuses."
 
 
+5 # Robbee 2018-10-03 11:33
McDonald writes: "On the eve of last week's dramatic Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, legislative staffers questioned him privately about an anonymous letter purportedly from an Oceanside woman saying Kavanaugh and a friend raped her."

if swetnick is telling the truth, several more rapees will, from time to time, pop up
 
 
-19 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-10-03 14:47
I don't know if you saw the email from the judiciary committee's counsel to Avenutty.

“We have already reviewed your client’s allegations. We focus on credible allegations. Please stop emailing me.

“Thank you,

Mike Davis.”


Swetnick is history. Her story is false in every word -- esp. since Avenutty wrote the words.

In a TV interview, she was asked "why didn't people know about these parties, if there were so many gang rapes of young girls." Her response was "lots of people knew. It was all over the county." Still no one has said they knew. Swetnick is mentally ill. She loved group sex and tried to kill her ex-boyfriend. Maybe she and Avenutty will get married now. Maybe they can make it a three-way or a four-way. Avenutty just loves those porn stars.
 
 
+25 # Montanan 2018-10-03 12:05
If an anonymous letter had come during Merrick Garland's hearings (oh, right, there weren't any), Republicans and Trump-supportin g morons would say it was cause for a yearlong, multi-departmen t investigation and summary dismissal from the bench. We now live in a country with a huge double standard, and the party of nonsense and hatred and cruelty wins out. What a sad time we live in.
 
 
+9 # chapdrum 2018-10-03 13:10
An anonymous letter is as useful as having the FBI "investigate" the other allegations.
 
 
+7 # elizabethblock 2018-10-03 19:28
What do you want to bet that this woman comes out?
 
 
+2 # lfeuille 2018-10-03 20:16
I don't think the fact that it was anonymous indicates that it isn't true. I think a lot of rape victims would be afraid to speak out under their own names for fear of reprisals. The thing is that it just does't help. There is nothing that can be accomplished by writing an anonymous letter. Claims have to be investigated and they can't be without a name attached.
 
 
+9 # librarian1984 2018-10-04 12:33
It's inappropriate to publicize an anonymous accusation.

That said, if Kavanaugh is confirmed this moves to the public realm and the media.

Kavanaugh is a ticking time bomb, and if Pelosi won't try to impeach him then she needs to go.

The DP has been cursed with bad leadership for too long. Reid, Schumer, Pelosi -- they're pathetic. Obama too. He decimated state parties and admitted his positions were those of a 'moderate Republican'.
 
 
+2 # candida 2018-10-05 00:31
Quoting librarian1984:
The DP has been cursed with bad leadership for too long. Reid, Schumer, Pelosi -- they're pathetic. Obama too. He decimated state parties and admitted his positions were those of a 'moderate Republican'.


All true, as it is true we were better off under their rule than ANY Republican rule, ESPECIALLY the current one.
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2018-10-06 17:52
That bar is much too low. Better than Trump is not enough.