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

have exonerated

Supreme Court

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

supposed witness

to the gang rape given

to the Judiciary Committee

by attorney Michael Avenatti

on behalf of the alleged

"victim," Julie Swetnick.  

Swetnick said

Kavanaugh was

present during

her rape by several of his friends. 

But the witness

claims that Avenatti twisted her words. 


Fox News:


attorney Michael Avenatti and client

Julie Swetnick

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

exculpatory reporting.


On Thursday, nearly three

weeks after Kavanaugh's

confirmation, NBC News 

published an article


"New questions raised about

Avenatti claims regarding

Kavanaugh," that

detailed "inconsistencies" 

with Swetnick's claims.  

In the article, NBC News 

admitted the unidentified

woman repudiated the sworn

statement Avenatti

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.

Not surprisingly,

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?