Pit-bull Michael Avenatti has been trying to get the Senate to take seriously the sworn statement of his client, Julie Swetnick, about her experiences at house parties attended by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, in the 1980s. Ms. Swetnick has sworn that young women attending such parties were plied with liquor and drugs and, once incapacitated, gang raped. She has sworn that Kavanaugh and Judge were present at such “parties.” Avenatti wants the FBI, as part of the reopened investigation of Kavanaugh’s background, to interview his client and persons whom she claims can corroborate her account. So far, the FBI has not contacted him or his client. He has now tweeted the following:
Be clear: 1. I CANNOT just walk my client into an FBI office. We tried that. They claim they don’t have jurisdiction and they refuse to take a stmt. 2. While we may file a criminal complaint, that will have no bearing on any vote due to timing. We will proceed with other options.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) October 1, 2018
Michael Avenatti is media-savvy, so I expect that we will see him and his client, and hopefully corroborating witnesses, on the teevee soon.
Media stories are already surfacing that appear intended to cast doubt on Ms. Swetnick’s credibility. E.g.,
Julie Swetnick, one of the women who has publicly accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, has an extensive history of involvement in legal disputes, including a lawsuit in which an ex-employer accused her of falsifying her college and work history on her job application.
Legal documents from Maryland, Oregon and Florida provide a partial picture of a woman who stepped into the media glare amid the battle over Kavanaugh’s nomination for the nation’s highest court.
Court records reviewed by The Associated Press show Swetnick has been involved in at least six legal cases over the past 25 years. Along with the lawsuit filed by a former employer in November 2000, the cases include a personal injury suit she filed in 1994 against the Washington, D.C., regional transit authority.
If Ms. Swetnick has, in the past, misrepresented her academic credentials, I can see how someone would point to that to question her credibility. But the fact that she filed a personal-injury suit against the public-transportation authority? Unless the lawsuit was completely groundless, that seems like a real stretch, even a desperate measure.
Update: There is obviously going to be a televised interview.
Interview aired Sunday (last night) at 8 PM on Showtime program, “The Circus.”
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