NBC can’t corroborate, she backtracks on Kavanaugh alleged involvement, and her key contemporaneous witnesses are dead or don’t know her.
Julie Swetnick, Michael Avenatti’s client, has the most incredible of all the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh — that he participated in organizing and running rape train parties in which girls were given spiked drinks then gang raped.
Her original declaration is here.
Both Kavanaugh and Mark Judge, who Swetnick also implicated, denied the accusations:
- Kavanaugh: New accusations are “ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone” (Updates)
- Mark Judge denies gang rape party accusations as “bizarre” and “outlandish”
- REPORT: 60 Kavanaugh Classmates to Sign Letter Saying They Have No Memory of Parties Swetnick Referenced, or Swetnick
Previous attempts to corroborate any part of her story proved fruitless. Yet Avenatti has been taunting Senate Republicans that her story would be proven.
NBC News interviewed Swetnick, and her story collapses to such a degree that NBC cautioned viewers that her story was not corroborated and contradicted, in important details, her sworn affidavit submitted by Avenatti.
Here’s an analysis by Robby Soave at Reason, Julie Swetnick Told NBC Her Brett Kavanaugh Story, and She Has Serious Credibility Issues
In the course of the interview, Swetnick contradicted her previous written statement, jumbled the timeline of her decision to come forward, and expressed uncertainty about whether Kavanaugh was actually involved in her own assault. She also borrowed a few key phrases from the story told by Christine Blasey Ford, the initial Kavanaugh accuser who testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week….
This was not lost on Snow, who cautioned that NBC could not corroborate Swetnick’s story, and had discovered that several of her proposed witnesses were deceased. One person whom Swetnick claimed attended the house parties with her—parties at which women were routinely sexually assaulted, according to Swetnick—told NBC he didn’t know her.
“This morning, Swetnick provided four names of friends she says went to the parties with her,” said Snow. “One of them says he does not recall a Julie Swetnick. Another of the friends is deceased. We’ve reach out to the other two, but haven’t heard back.” …
But there’s good reason to doubt this part of her story. In her sworn written statement, Swetnick claimed Kavanaugh would spike girls’ drinks—and yet, in her interview with Snow, Swetnick merely claimed that she saw Kavanaugh near the punch bowl.
“I did see him giving red solo cups to quite a few girls,” said Swetnick. “I saw him around the punchbowls. I don’t know what he did.”
Swetnick also claimed in her initial statement that the boys at these parties would line up outside bedrooms, waiting their turn to rape the incapacitated women inside. But she told Snow that the boys were merely huddled near the doorways of the rooms.
“I would see boys standing outside rooms, congregated together, sort of like a gauntlet,” she said. “I would see them laughing.”
It seemed quite possible Swetnick was reading far too much into this.
According to Swetnick, she was sexually assaulted at one of these parties. She could not say with any certainty that Kavanaugh was involved. She recalled being “shoved into a room” and hearing laughter, and that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were present. These are details that resemble Ford’s story so closely it raises suspicion (of Swetnick, not of Kavanaugh).
Swetnick claimed she told her mother and a specific police officer about the assault; both are deceased. NBC is working to obtain the officer’s files from the time period. If a record exists of her speaking with this officer, it will bolster her credibility. For now, this is by far the sketchiest of the accusations against Kavanaugh.
NBC News noted there were differences in Swetnick’s initial statement and her comments to the outlet, notably her assertion that Kavanaugh spiked punch at the parties so that groups of boys could rape girls.
Swetnick did not confirm that she saw Kavanaugh spike punch, but simply said she “saw him around the punch containers.”
“I don’t know what he did,” she told NBC.
She also appeared to backtrack on her suggestion that Kavanaugh was involved in gang rapes, saying she only saw him congregated with other boys outside of rooms. When Snow asked if she thought the boys were gathered in order to rape girls in the rooms, Swetnick replied “yes.”
“It’s just too coincidental,” she said.
She continued that she came to that realization when she was raped herself. She said her assault happened at a party at the hands of multiple boys after her drink was spiked. She said that while she did not know if Kavanaugh and Judge participated in her rape, they were at the party near her where she began to feel sick.
One of Swetnik’s key witnesses denies knowing her:
6. Swetnick provided four names to @tvkatesnow of friends who would remember these alleged parties where gang rapes occurred…one of them said they don't remember a Julie Swetnick, another is deceased, and two others have yet to respond.
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) October 1, 2018
5. Swetnick says she contacted Montgomery County Police. The officer she mentioned is now deceased and the police say it could take up to a month to find a record of Swetnick's call etc.
— Yashar Ali ? (@yashar) October 1, 2018
The reaction to the interview, even from mainstream journalists, is that Swetnick is not credible.
This sounds increasingly like a hoax. https://t.co/DOSICYaugQ
— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) October 2, 2018
Swetnick has a legal history that damaged her credibility even before the interview:
- REPORT: Latest Kavanaugh Accuser Made Sexual Harassment Complaint Against Her Former Employer
- Kavanaugh Accuser Julie Swetnick Sued by Former Employer For Sexual Harassment in 2000
- REPORT: Kavanaugh Accuser’s Ex-Boyfriend Filed Restraining Order After They Broke Up
It gets worse. Megyn Kelly, who has lambasted Swetnick, tweets that Swetnick had another questionable lawsuit:
Also this, from @AP, on Swetnick: she once sued MD transit claiming her broken nose cost her modeling jobs; the “employer” she cited said he was actually just a friend,1st met her in a bar a yr *after* her injury, never owned the co she listed, nor agreed to pay her b/4. pic.twitter.com/lgHno5PoqC
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) October 1, 2018
A lot of people are complaining that NBC should not have run the interview since Swetnick obviously is not well and her story doesn’t hold up. I don’t agree, we needed to hear it from her, since her accusations already are out there.
After this interview, it’s fair to add this to the hoax category.DONATE
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