The litany of sexual assault allegations aimed at keeping Judge Brett Kavanaugh from assuming the vacant seat on the U.S. Supreme Court all share one common feature: they cannot be corroborated by witnesses.
However, at least one of those accusations was recently put to bed by the alleged victim, Kavanaugh’s ex-girlfriend, who wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee to dispute accusations that Kavanaugh once violently assaulted her.
The former girlfriend, who currently serves as a U.S. District Court judge in Washington, called the allegations “offensive and absurd.”
Another allegation put to bed
The assault claim, one of the latest of several sexual misconduct allegations leveled against Kavanaugh, dealt with Kavanaugh’s time working as a prosecutor for independent counsel Ken Starr during the Bill Clinton Watergate scandal.
An anonymous letter sent to Colorado GOP Sen. Cory Gardner outlined the accusations and described how the author’s daughter and several friends witnessed Kavanaugh mistreat his girlfriend in 1998.
The complainant’s letter explained that “her [daughter’s] friend was dating [Kavanaugh], and 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.”
The author went on to allege that her daughter was actually approached by the former girlfriend on Sept. 21, 2018, and the pair discussed what they should do.
Now, however, there are serious doubts concerning the veracity of these allegations. The woman described as the Kavanaugh’s girlfriend and victim, Dabney Friedrich, completely disputes that she was ever mistreated by her former boyfriend.
Judge Friedrich, who has served on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia since 2017, completely dismissed the claims in her own letter to the judiciary committee. She wrote:
I write in response to a phone call I received this evening from Mike Davis, Chief Nominations Counsel for the Committee. In our phone call, Mr. Davis read an anonymous letter sent to Colorado Senator Cory Gardner dated September 22, 2018.
Mr. Davis asked me (1) whether I dated Brett Kavanaugh in 1998 and (2) whether he ever shoved me against a wall. Mr. Davis also emailed me the attached letter and asked me to provide an immediate and written response to the Committee.
As I informed Mr. Davis, I dated Brett Kavanaugh in 1998. To the extent the attached letter is referring to me as the “friend [who] was dating him,” the allegations it makes are both offensive and absurd. At no time did Brett ever shove me against a wall, including in an “aggressive and sexual” manner. When we dated, Brett always treated me with the utmost respect, and we remain friends to this day. I have never observed (nor am I aware of) Brett acting in a physically inappropriate or aggressive manner toward anyone.
Judge Kavanaugh also denied these accusations in a recorded telephone call with Republican investigators working for the Senate Judiciary Committee. In a transcript of this conversation that was published the day before his combative testimony before the committee, the Supreme Court nominee called the claims “ridiculous.”
“Total Twilight Zone,” he said. “And no, I’ve never done anything like that.”
The Senate is currently awaiting the results of an FBI investigation, limited in scope to one week, before calling for a full vote to confirm Kavanaugh on the Senate floor. Prior to this investigation, there were no witnesses to collaborate any of the half-dozen charges advanced against the nominee.