By Nick Givas
CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said it’s possible the new sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh are “all lies,” then flip-flopped and said there’s a “ring of truth” to them.
Journalists Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer showcased a second sexual assault accuser who studied at Yale with Kavanaugh in The New Yorker on Sunday, but the accuser, Deborah Ramirez, said her memory contained gaps and admitted to drinking alcohol during the time of the alleged incident. She claimed Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at a “drunken dormitory party,” The New Yorker reported.
“What’s striking about the allegation, it is similar in atmospherics to the high school allegation,” Toobin said on CNN’s “New Day” Monday. “The excessive drinking, the coercive relationship with young women.”
“If you read Mark Judge, the alleged accomplice in the first assault, the world he describes at Georgetown Prep of really absurd amounts of drinking — weird hostility towards women,” Toobin continued. ” … it’s all consistent with one another. Are they all lies? Perhaps, but it certainly has the ring of truth to me.”
After leaving room for doubt, Toobin vouched for Farrow and Mayer, and said the idea the allegations against Kavanaugh are false is “preposterous.”
“Ronan and Jane are colleagues of mine. They have impeccable reputations for accuracy and honesty,” he concluded. “The question is what are people going to do with this? The idea that it’s all made up seems sort of preposterous at this point.”
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