Former Justice Department inspector general and federal prosecutor Michael Bromwich and his consulting firm have joined the legal team supporting Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
Bromwich tweeted Saturday that he was “honored to be joining” Blasey’s attorneys Debra Katz and Lisa Blanks as she prepares testimony for the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school.
Bromwich, who helped investigate the Iran-Contra scandal for the federal Office of Independent Counsel, is also representing former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe. McCabe, a frequent target of President Donald Trump, was fired days before his retirement by Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his alleged lack of candor about a Clinton Foundation investigation and unauthorized disclosures to the media.
Bromwich immediately resigned as senior counsel from his Washington law firm because of “objections” by his partners concerning his new commitment to Blasey, he told colleagues in a letter.
Melissa Schwartz, a strategic communications consultant and member of Bromwich’s firm, the Bromwich Group, will also be part of the team. The company provides legal expertise and crisis management. Schwartz is also McCabe’s spokeswoman.
Bromwich has a high profile in Washington. He served as inspector general for the Justice Department under Bill Clinton. He was chosen by Barack Obama in 2010 as the first head of the newly created Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to reform regulation of offshore drilling after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.
Bromwich also worked as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York
Bromwich said in a letter to colleagues that his resignation from his law firm, Robbins, Russell, Englert, Orseck, Untereiner & Sauber, is “effective immediately.”
Blasey said in an interview with The Washington Post last week that a drunken Kavanaugh pinned her down to a bed at a party while he groped her, attempted to remove her clothing, and covered her mouth with his hand when she tried to scream.