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AZ Cardinals president Michael Bidwill supports embattled Supreme Court nominee

Posted: 7:12 PM, Sep 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-27 03:56:18Z

Arizona Cardinals president Michael Bidwill continues to stand by Judge Brett Kavanaugh, his personal friend and former classmate, as sexual misconduct allegations continue to mount against the United States Supreme Court nominee.

Bidwill and more than 60 other people who claimed to know Kavanaugh in high school wrote a letter to congressional leaders Wednesday in support of the judge.

In short, they called the latest allegations against Kavanaugh “nonsense.”

READ THE LETTER AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE

“In the extensive amount of time we collectively spent with Brett, we do not recall having ever met someone named Julie Swetnick. Nor did we ever observe Brett engaging in any conduct resembling that described in Ms. Swetnick’s declaration.”

Swetnick, who represented by high-profile attorney Michael Avenatti, is the most recent woman to come forward alleging serious sexual misconduct and assault against Kavanaugh. She released a sworn declaration Wednesday alleging that Kavanaugh and other men at a high school party gang raped her.

In the past few weeks, three women have come forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when he was in high school and college.  

The letter co-signed by Bidwill is his latest show of support for Kavanaugh.

In an interview with ABC15’s Kaley O’Kelley on August 14, the Cardinals president spoke highly of Kavanaugh, who he called a personal friend.

Based on his interview, ABC15 sent a spokesperson for the team several detailed questions, asking if Bidwill still supported Kavanaugh, attended any of the parties where the alleged acts occurred, and if he knew any of the women.

In response, the spokesperson sent ABC15 the new letter.

Below is transcript of previously unaired portions of Bidwill’s August 14 interview with Kaley O’Kelley:

O’KELLEY: Let’s talk about your friend from high school?

BIDWILL:  Well Bret Kavanaugh is a friend of mine. We've been friends 37-plus years and a bunch of us, we have a pretty close class, and there are 40 of us that still stay in regular contact out of, I think, 107 in our class, so we're pretty tight.  We decided, a few of us decided, let's write a personal letter of recommendation cause we've known him for so long, to say he's a great person. We all grew up with him. We watched him get married. We watched him become a dad. We watched him become a judge. And, we all stayed in touch and know him well. So that was just the intent, was just write a letter, a personal letter of recommendation that all of us signed and forwarded. Even though we all come from different political backgrounds and all that stuff. This was not intended to be some sort of political statement. But, I realize in this day and age, there's a lot of emotion around politics. But I really just wanted to speak up from my friend who’s just a terrific person.

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O’KELLEY: What don't we know about him, I mean you know him, what don't we know about him that might be a surprise to people?

BIDWILL: Well I don't know if there's any surprise there, a lot has been written about him over the last several weeks once his name was announced. But, he's just a terrific person. He's a great guy. He's a huge sports fan. I'll tell you that, an enormous sports fan.  And so, it's funny, whenever.  I'll get emails every once in a while, like awesome game.

Contact ABC15 Investigator Dave Biscobing at dave@abc15.com .

Bidwill Letter Sept26 by Dave Biscobing on Scribd