NBC hid exculpatory information that would have cleared Kavanaugh of gang rape accusation
October 27, 2018
By Rick Moran
NBC News is admitting that
information that would
Justice Brett Kavanaugh
of a gang rape accusation
was kept from the public.
Instead, despite knowing
that the charge against
Kavanaugh was bogus,
NBC ran the story anyway.
The information involves
the sworn affidavit of a
to the gang rape given
to the Judiciary Committee
by attorney Michael Avenatti
on behalf of the alleged
"victim," Julie Swetnick.
her rape by several of his friends.
But the witness
claims that Avenatti twisted her words.
attorney Michael Avenatti and client
claimed last month Kavanaugh took
part in high school gang rapes just as
Kavanaugh was defending himself
against a separate, uncorroborated claim.
Avenatti connected NBC News with an
anonymous woman he claimed could
corroborate Swetnick's allegations,
but instead accused the lawyer of
"twisting" her words.
Still, NBC went with Swetnick's
without disclosing the
On Thursday, nearly three
weeks after Kavanaugh's
confirmation, NBC News
published an article
"New questions raised about
Avenatti claims regarding
with Swetnick's claims.
In the article, NBC News
admitted the unidentified
woman repudiated the sworn
provided to the Senate Judiciary
Committee on her behalf to
corroborate Swetnick's claims. ...
"Reached by phone independently
from Avenatti on Oct. 3,
the woman said she only
'skimmed' the declaration.
After reviewing the statement,
she wrote in a text on Oct. 4 to NBC News:
'It is incorrect that I saw
Brett spike the punch.
I didn't see anyone spike the punch...
I was very clear with
Michael Avenatti from
day one,'" NBC News reporters
Kate Snow and Anna Schecter
wrote on Thursday.
"I would not ever allow anyone
to be abusive in my presence.
Male or female," the woman
told NBC when pressed about
Avenatti and his client's claims,
according to NBC's report.
NBC's latest story also noted that
Avenatti attempted to
"thwart the reporting process"
and the woman changed her mind
several times before eventually
texting the network a final time.
"I will definitely talk to you again and
no longer Avenatti.
I do not like that he twisted my words," she wrote.
Judiciary Committee chairman
Charles Grassley has referred
both Avenatti and Swetnick for perjury prosecution.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Friday referred lawyer Michael Avenatti to the Justice Department for a second criminal investigation, alleging that Avenatti had submitted a fraudulent sworn statement to the committee on Oct. 2.
Grassley also referred Avenatti and his client, Julie Swetnick, to the Justice Department for a separate investigation Thursday, for three separate crimes: conspiracy, providing false statements to Congress and obstructing a Senate investigation. ...
In a letter to the Justice Department, Grassley wrote that his second referral stemmed "from a second declaration he submitted to the Committee that also appears to contain materially false statements." Grassley cited an NBC News report from Thursday that alleged inconsistencies in a sworn statement by a woman submitted to the Judiciary Committee that was supposed to bolster Swetnick's claim.
Swetnick was never a credible witness. The fact that she sued her former employer for being sexually harassed by two male coworkers after they had filed suit against her for harassment – later withdrawing her own suit – would have convinced any professional journalist that her accusation was baseless.
But that would have interfered with NBC's efforts to prevent the nomination of Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The network's actions were a blatant attempt to inject partisanship into their reporting. Selectively choosing which facts to report is exactly what "fake news" is all about.
NBC was spinning a tale, not reporting the news. Its story on the "witness" who says Avenatti twisted her words didn't appear until three weeks after the vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
And they wonder why Trump attacks the media?