A second man named by Christine Blasey Ford as one of the four boys who attended the high school pool party in which Brett Kavanaugh allegedly tried to force himself on her has denied Ford’s claims.
Ford, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University, claims that 35 years ago, when she was 15 and Kavanaugh was 17, Kavanaugh attempted to force himself on her while another boy, Mark Judge, was in the room. When Judge jumped on the two, apparently “rough-housing,” Ford said she managed to get away.
Kavanaugh and Judge have both denied the allegation. Now a second potential witness who Ford says was at the party, Patrick J. Smyth, has likewise denied any knowledge of the party or alleged incident.
Smyth, who graduated with Kavanaugh from Georgetown Prep back in 1983, gave his response in a letter sent by his attorney Eric Bruce to the Senate Judiciary Committee obtained by CNN.
“I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as ‘PJ’ who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post,” Smyth says in the statement. “I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh.”
Smyth also provided his unequivocal endorsement of Kavanaugh: “Personally speaking, I have known Brett Kavanaugh since high school and I know him to be a person of great integrity, a great friend, and I have never witnessed any improper conduct by Brett Kavanaugh towards women. To safeguard my own privacy and anonymity, I respectfully request that the Committee accept this statement in response to any inquiry the Committee may have.”
Judge likewise denies witnessing Kavanaugh act in such a way, calling the accusation “absolutely nuts.”
“It’s just absolutely nuts. I never saw Brett act that way,” Judge told The Weekly Standard last week:
After Judge categorically denied ever witnessing an attempted assault by Kavanaugh, I asked him if he could recall any sort of rough-housing with a female student back in high school (an incident that might have been interpreted differently by parties involved). “I can’t. I can recall a lot of rough-housing with guys. It was an all-boys school, we would rough-house with each other,” he said. “I don’t remember any of that stuff going on with girls.”
Kavanaugh has repeatedly and adamantly denied the allegation and has volunteered to say so under oath.
“This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes — to her or to anyone,” Kavanaugh said in a statement Monday. “Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday. I am willing to talk to the Senate Judiciary Committee in any way the Committee deems appropriate to refute this false allegation, from 36 years ago, and defend my integrity.”
Senate Republicans have offered Ford the chance to testify in either a public or closed hearing on Monday, but her lawyer is insisting that the FBI launch an investigation before she agrees to appear in front of the committee.