Some Democrats who lambasted Republicans and Brett Kavanaugh over accusations that the Supreme Court justice drugged and molested girls when he was in high school and college nevertheless attended a lobbyist-paid weekend in Puerto Rico with a senior Democrat accused of similar actions.
Democrats may try to claim they were not aware of allegations against Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-Calif.) that he is being sued by a woman who claims he drugged and molested her when she was 16 years old, but that won’t hold water.
Eight months ago now-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) publicly called for a House Ethics Committee investigation into the allgeations, though the panel has not yet launched a probe formally. And now that Democrats control the House (and the Ethics Committee), it isn’t clear one will be launched.
Nevertheless, Cardenas is chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus’s BOLD PAC, which organized the winter junket in San Juan. About 30 Democrats, including Cardenas, partied with about 109 lobbyists and corporate executives even as they allowed the partial government shutdown to continue, the Washington Free Beacon reported.
The woman suing Cardenas identified herself last week for the first time as Angela Villela Chavez, 28, in calling for a House inquiry. Chavez is the daughter of a longtime Cardenas aide; she says she was inspired to come forward with her sexual misconduct charges after Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh.
Chavez says in her lawsuit that Cardenas molested her in 2007 as he drove her to the hospital following her collapse while playing golf with him.
She notes further that Cardenas gave her some water that “tasted distinctly different from both tap and filtered water,” then she collapsed. She says he then fondled her breasts and genitals before taking her to the hospital.
For his part, Cardenas has vociferously denied the allegations. He has accused her of seeking revenge over her father, who he says is a disgruntled former staffer. His lawyer has issued a statement claiming Chavez’s allegations and request for a House investigation proves they are “meritless and weak.”
But a judge in Los Angeles has ruled the case has plenty of merit and has ordered the charges be moved foward. A trial is scheduled in August.
Democrats are remaining mum regarding the allegations, including Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.), the Democratic Caucus vice chair. Her husband was indicted last week on federal corruption charges; she announced she would end her race to chair the House Democratic Caucus, the No. 3 leadership position.
However, she was one of 65 House Democrats who called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky) to postpone the Kavanaugh hearings citing “credible allegations from three women” that he sexually assaulted them.
None of the allegations against Kavanaugh could be corroborated, and most of them have since recanted.
Other Democrats have been critical of Kavanaugh, despite a dearth of evidence, while some who also attended the junket with Cardenas, like Rep. Jerrold Nadler of New York, have nonetheless vowed to investigate the allegations against the Supreme Court justice again.
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