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2 Men Say They Were the Ones in Alleged Attack Ford Described

But it's unclear if Senate Judiciary Committee thinks either man's story holds water
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 27, 2018 8:30 AM CDT
In this Sept. 5, 2018, file photo, President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh listens to a question while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

(Newser) – In a late-night development, Sen. Chuck Grassley revealed that two men have told the Senate Judiciary Committee they were the ones who had the alleged 1982 encounter with Christine Blasey Ford. The details are scarce and come via a news release issued by Grassley, reports USA Today, which notes "it's unknown whether the men's claims are being taken seriously." Neither man was named and BuzzFeed News notes the release gave no indication of whether the committee would follow up further with the men. The first was interviewed Monday and Tuesday, and on Wednesday provided "a more in-depth written statement." The second man "explained his recollection of the details of the encounter" on Wednesday as well. More:

  • Politico separately reports on an ex-boyfriend's accusation that third accuser Julie Swetnick is "not credible at all. Not at all." That man, Richard Vinneccy, filed for a restraining order against Swetnick on March 1, 2001, claiming that after their four-year relationship ended she threatened his wife and child. The case was dismissed two weeks later. When asked about it, Swetnick attorney Michael Avenatti called it "complete nonsense" and described Vinneccy as the problematic one. "Her ex-boyfriend fraudulently used her resume to apply for and obtain jobs and was caught by her. Why are you all attacking a sexual assault victim? Would that be appropriate in a court of law?"
  • The Wall Street Journal digs into Swetnick's background and reports that she worked as an agent for New York Life Insurance from 2006 to 2008. She filed a sexual-harassment complaint against the company that ultimately earned her a financial settlement. She was repped by Debra Katz's firm; Katz is now representing Ford.
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