Despite a claim from Brett Kavanaugh’s high school friend Mark Judge that he’s unavailable to testify publicly about Kavanaugh’s suitability for the Supreme Court because of chronic illnesses, his publisher advertises that he’s available for press interviews and paid speeches.
Judge insisted in a letter to the Judiciary Committee after Thursday’s blockbuster hearing that ‘[a]s a recovering alcoholic and a cancer survivor, I have struggled with depression and anxiety. As a result, I avoid public speaking.’
Encounter Books, which published his 2004 book ‘Damn Senators,’ lists Judge among its stable of authors. Its website says that he ‘is available for media and speaking engagements.’
Encounter Books publicist Lauren Miklos did not respond to a request for comment. Judge did not respond to an email asking him if he is still available for speeches booked by Encounter, which last published him 14 years ago.
Judge has claimed he has no recollection os an alleged sexual assault described by Christine Blasey Ford, and has pleaded to be left out of the spotlight.
Mark Judge, a childhood friend of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, told senators that anxiety and depression would prevent him from testifying publicly about his nad Kavanaugh’s alcohol-fueled adolescence, but his publisher says he’s ‘availabld for media and speaking engagements’
He also jumped to the Supreme Court nominee’s defense by insisting he ‘never saw Brett act in the manner [Ford] described,’ but admitted they haven’t spoken in several years.
Committee Democrats have demanded to hear Judge’s testimony, and forced a failing party-line vote on a motion Friday morning to isue a subpoena.
Michael Avenatti, a spotlight-seeking attorney representing a client who has made more damning claims against Kavanaugh and Judge than anything Ford alleges, did a snarky victory dance Friday on Twitter and included an image from Encounter Books’ website.
‘These old white men … are now claiming that Mark Judge can’t testify publicly because he suffers from depression, etc. As the below shows, this is a complete lie. These misogynists must not know there is something called Google,’ he tweeted.
During her emotional appearance Thursday, Ford claimed Judge encouraged Kavanaugh during a high-school house party when he groped her and put his hand over her mouth to muffle her screams.
Ford, now a university psychology professor, claims Judge watched the attack and egged Kavanaugh on until he jumped on top of them and they tumbled off a bed.
In her testimony, she spoke of how the alleged sexual assault at the party in ‘the Chevy Chase/Bethesda area’ in 1982 had haunted her for 36 years and left her suffering with anxiety and PTSD.