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Fifth Accusation Against Brett Kavanaugh Withdrawn: 'I Have Recanted'

Fifth Accusation Against Brett Kavanaugh Withdrawn: 'I Have Recanted'
Supreme Court nominee, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, officiates at the swearing-in of Judge Britt Grant to take a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018 in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

On Wednesday night, the fourth and fifth sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh went public. Within hours, one of the accusers had already recanted. This also came amid news that two men came forward, explaining that they — rather than Judge Kavanaugh — were guilty of the assault against the first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford.

“Do [sic] everyone who is going crazy about what I had said I have recanted because I have made a mistake and apologize for such mistake,” Jeffrey Catalan tweeted on Wednesday night.

The Daily Caller’s Peter Hasson quoted the transcript of calls involving the last two sexual assault claims against Kavanaugh. At one point, an investigator quoted the fifth accuser’s tweet, “Dear Pentagon, Please save my country from the parasite that occupies the White house? Our you waiting until Russians parachute in like in Red Dawn ? Please help! !!!!!!!!!!”

This identified Catalan as the fifth accuser.

This Rhode Island man had called Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) “concerning a rape on a boat in August of 1985.” He claimed that “a close acquaintance … was sexually assaulted by two heavily inebriated men she referred to at the time as Brett and Mark.”

Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were allegedly on a boat in the Newport harbor. The man claimed that when he heard about the assault, “he and another individual went to the harbor, located the boat the victim had described, and physically confronted the two men, leaving them with significant injuries.”

Catalan reportedly reached out to Whitehouse’s office on September 24, after he saw Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook photo on television and recognized him.

The nominee denied the incident occurred, and much more besides. “No,” he said. “I was not in Newport, haven’t been on a boat in Newport. Not with Mark Judge on a boat, nor all those three things combined. This is just completely made up, or at least not me. I don’t know what they’re referring to.”

This reminded me of “Green Eggs and Ham,” so I composed a brief ditty about Kavanaugh’s denial: “I did not assault her on a boat. I did not assault her with a goat. I did not assault her here or there. I did not assault her anywhere.”

Now that Catalan has rescinded (or “recanted”) his allegation, will the other accusers also drop theirs? The third and fourth accusations are similarly shaky, and there is also no evidence and no direct witness supporting Deborah Ramirez’s claims, or those of Christine Blasey Ford.

Ford, who may have been assaulted by the two men who came forward, as opposed to by Brett Kavanaugh, will testify Thursday.

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