Republicans hoping to confirm Brett Kavanaugh in this lifetime get a healthy dose of reality from former criminal investigator and criminal defense attorney Seth Abramson.
Editor’s Note: Samuel Wynn Warde is the editor-in-chief of Liberals Unite as well as a contributor. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. You can view a list of his articles here.
If you are like me, you have spent most of the week watching the stunning drama play out surrounding Republican efforts to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
Through it all, former criminal investigator and criminal defense attorney Seth Abramson has remained my go-to person in regards to the legal aspects surrounding that controversy.
For those unfamiliar with his work, Abramson has been publishing extensive Twitter threads and mega-threads regarding the ongoing investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. And, while he has his critics, Abramson – a former public defender at both the state and federal level – has an impressive resume.
Seth is regularly interviewed about politics and higher education by domestic and International media. Recent interviews include the BBC, CNN, NPR, PBS, ABC Radio, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Chronicle of Higher Education, New York Magazine, and The New England Review of Books. Seth’s essays have also been widely cited, including discussions on CNBC, PBS, FNC, BET, and NPR, as well as in Politico, The Atlantic, Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Los Angeles Times, The New Yorker, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy, Slate, and Pitchfork.
In short, I consider him to be highly credible, as does that impressive list of media outlets, above.
Abramson weighed in on the recent allegations lodged against Kavanaugh, making a compelling argument that there is more than enough circumstantial – and factual – evidence to justify denying him confirmation to a lifetime appointment to the country’s highest court.
Was there "sexual license" at the huge Georgetown Prep parties Kavanaugh attended in the 1980s, as Julie Swetnick alleged? Well, here's what the headmasters at GP and other area prep schools wrote, per The Washington Post, at the end of the 1980s. (h/t DM) https://t.co/aHYSIklBeJ
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) September 29, 2018
Abramson began his latest thread with a link to an article by The Washington Post and the following narrative in his introductory tweet:
- “Was there “sexual license” at the huge Georgetown Prep parties Kavanaugh attended in the 1980s, as Julie Swetnick alleged? Well, here’s what the headmasters at GP and other area prep schools wrote, per The Washington Post, at the end of the 1980s.”
Continuing, Abramson tweeted:
- “Kavanaugh was a blackout drunk football bro who partied every weekend in high school and was a weekday drinker over (at least) the summers. He was *exactly* the sort of guy who created a culture so dangerous it raised alarms across *seven school populations*. Think about that.”
- “Read the above, then re-read Swetnick’s allegations and remember she’s been trusted with multiple security clearances. The strength of her claims explains Republicans’ decision to ignore her claims of sexual assault because they don’t like her attorney.” [Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti]
- “Here’s Julie Swetnick’s full *sworn* statement, which precisely describes the partying culture implied by concerned DC-area headmasters at the end of the 80s, but which Kavanaugh *under oath* denied and has called “the Twilight Zone” (bizarre fantasy).” [link]
- “The “rare joint effort” those headmasters launched in the 80s and “the fact that 7 schools decided it was enough of a problem to address it is significant” confirms a pattern spoken to by even Kavanaugh’s friends: he lied under oath about the party cultures he was a part of.”
Abramson dedicated the bulk of the remainder of this thread detailing Kavanaugh’s alleged lies, explaining that:
- “The number of perjuries that disqualify a prospective SCOTUS Justice is *one*—and we should all be clear in saying it doesn’t make it *better* if it’s a wanton, needless lie on an ancillary subject, it makes it *worse*. Kavanaugh’s reckless perjuries should end his candidacy.”
Of all his recent tweets regarding Kavanaugh, the following one stands out as it succinctly summarizes matters:
- “Kavanaugh could’ve told a story of personal growth—such that by the 90s he was only engaged in political dirty tricks, by the 00s only receiving stolen Congressional docs, and by the 10s only picking clerks based on their looks—but instead he perjured himself across the board.”
It is just me, or does he seem incapable of telling the truth?
Does that remind you of anyone?
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