Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies to the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing in the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was called back to testify about claims by Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused him of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.   Photo by Jim Bourg-Pool/Getty Images
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Metro Atlanta teacher interviewed by FBI in Kavanaugh probe

A middle school social studies teacher in Roswell has drawn the interest of the FBI as the bureau investigates sexual assault allegations against U.S. Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

Christopher Garrett, 53, a resident of Avondale Estates and a teacher at Atlanta Academy, was interviewed by the FBI earlier this week, his lawyer confirmed to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Wednesday.

William J. Sullivan Jr., a partner at the Washington, D.C.-based law firm Pillsbury, Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, represents Garrett and wrote in an email to AJC that Garrett “voluntarily cooperated with the FBI inquiry, and has completed his interview.”

Garrett did not immediately respond to an email and phone call from the AJC on Wednesday.


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Garrett could be a key figure in the FBI’s investigations into the allegations against Kavanaugh. Last week, he was mentioned several times in testimonies by Kavanaugh and his accuser, California professor Christine Blasey Ford.

According to Kavanaugh’s calendar, which was submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee, Garrett is listed as attending a July 1, 1982 party in the Maryland suburbs outside of Washington, D.C., along with Mark Judge, Patrick Smyth, Tim Gaudette, Tom Kaine and Bernie McCarthy. In her testimony, Ford alleged that Kavanaugh sexually and physically assaulted her at a party in the Maryland suburbs in the summer of 1982 at a small gathering that Judge and Smyth attended. Kavanaugh has denied those allegations.

CNN reported that the FBI is focusing on that July 1, 1982 party and the friends who attended it. The Washington Post reported that the party is the focus of lawmakers’ concerns.

Ford said that she “went out with” Garrett and he introduced her to Kavanaugh. Garrett attended Georgetown Prep with Kavanaugh and was also on the football team with him, according to the Washington Post. He is noted on Kavanaugh’s calendar many times, often under the alias of “Squi.”

According to the calendar, Kavanaugh and Garrett spent a lot of time together in 1982. They went to Washington Bullets and Baltimore Orioles games together, played basketball, went to Garrett’s beach house in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, saw Rocky III and went to St. Michael’s together, a small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

Garrett, along with other alumni of Georgetown Prep, signed a July 9 letter of support for Kavanaugh. He lists that he is also a debate coach at Atlanta Academy and lives in Avondale Estates.

According to online property records, Garrett has lived in DeKalb County since 2000.

Atlanta Academy is a private school on Holcomb Woods Parkway in Roswell. Costs to attend the school range from $10,000 to $23,000 per student, per year. In 2017, it was named as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

In a Sept. 26 letter to U.S. senators Charles Grassley and Diane Feinstein, Sullivan wrote, “Mr. Garrett has no knowledge or information relating to (Ford’s) claims.”


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