President Donald Trump recently suggested that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh should SUE THE WOMEN who have come forward with sexual assault allegations against him.
There is one looming disadvantage if he did, however. Any lawsuit or lawsuits would mean a full investigation and public review of any and all evidence against him.
Trump’s advice came in response to a House Judiciary Committee Republicans tweet that said “remember what they did to Brett Kavanaugh. We don’t owe the Democrats anything.”
Trump tweeted, “He should sue the women, and all of those who illegally worked with them, for false and disgusting accusations!!!”
He should sue the women, and all of those who illegally worked with them, for false and disgusting accusations!!! https://t.co/ocdEeIFxeF— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2020
Just hours after bringing the Kavanaugh accusations back to the main topic, Trump expressed admiration for former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Ailes, of course, resigned from the conservative news powerhouse after several women accused him of harassment and for perpetuating a toxic work environment.
During Kavanaugh’s 2018 confirmation hearings, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford came forward and accused him of pinning her down, groping her, and trying to remove her clothes at a party. She classified that encounter as “attempted rape.”
Just after her story was brought to light, two other women came forward: Deborah Ramirez accused Kavanaugh of exposing himself to her at a party at Yale and Julie Swetnick accused Kavanaugh of attending parties in high school where gang rapes took place.
In Swetnick’s affidavit, she said, “I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room, These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh.”
Kavanaugh denied all accusations and as his confirmation hearings played out, the national #MeToo movement was growing alongside it. Despite the controversy of the hearings and a short FBI inquiry, Kavanaugh was indeed confirmed in October 2018.
Legal experts point out that since a lawsuit would trigger “discovery” and all parties could bring all their evidence to the table, it is unlikely that Kavanaugh will sue.
Attorney Melissa Schwartz was Dr. Blasey Ford’s PR manager during the Kavanaugh hearings and she explained what a lawsuit would mean for Kavanaugh.
Sue the women…like the multiple credible women who came forward? And those of us who were proud to serve them pro bono? That means ACTUALLY investigating their claims and the dozens of witnesses ignored by the Committee. Let's do it (cc: @kabarkoff @LisaBanksKMB @DebraKatzKMB) https://t.co/YcDxlxLBiG— Melissa Schwartz (@MSchwartz3) October 12, 2020
Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings were in a controlled environment on Capitol Hill, but if a full civil trial were to take place, it would be a different beast altogether for Kavanaugh.
He would have to explain his denials to all the allegations, under oath, to an impartial judge. A civil trial would also bring Dr. Blasey Ford back to the forefront, as well as Ramirez.
Trump has previously tweeted his advice to Kavanaugh, saying,
“Brett Kavanaugh should start suing people for libel, or the Justice Department should come to his rescue. The lies being told about him are unbelievable. False Accusations without recrimination. When does it stop? They are trying to influence his opinions. Can’t let that happen!”
Of course, President Trump himself is no stranger to allegations of sexual assault, having been accused by more than TWO DOZEN WOMEN and he is currently in a battle over one woman’s request for a DNA sample to prove her accusation.