Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) believes the latest allegations of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh are suspicious, particularly because they were announced by a “lawyer to porn stars” and because “[Kavanaugh’s] not Bill Cosby” — post high school, Kavanaugh has lived an exemplary life.
> “From my view, just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, it just did,” Graham said in a statement after Avenatti revealed the identity of his client on Twitter and released a sworn declaration from her accusing Kavanaugh of being present for a “gang rape” of which she was a victim during a high school party in 1982.
> “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,” Graham said, referring to Avenatti's representation of adult-film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against the president.
Julie Swetnick claims to have attended at least ten parties in the Washington D.C. over two years in the early 1980s where she saw Kavanaugh and other boys “drinking excessively and engage in highly inappropriate conduct, including being overly aggressive with girls and not taking 'No' for an answer."
Swetnick also claims that Kavanaugh was one of the boys who would like up outside a room to await a turn with the girl inside. At one point, Swetnick says she was one of the girls who was raped.
> Graham, who sits on the Judiciary Committee, questioned the validity of Swetnick’s claims.
> “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 said.
> “I also find it curious these charges were not brought forward until 2018, two days before a confirmation vote,” Graham said.
The senator has also said if Kavanaugh were a serial rapist in high school, it is unlikely he would have simply stopped the behavior, adding that “he’s not Bill Cosby” and despite having had “power over women in the workplace”, people who know him say he has been “very respectful.”