Advokat Michael Avenatti har på kort tid blitt herostratisk berømt. Karrieren ser ut til å være over etter at han er tatt i mened. Foto: Andrew Cullen/Reuters/Scanpix
NBC får unngjelde for å ha unnlatt å rapportere at noen av de verste anklagene mot Brett Kavanaugh var trukket tilbake. Samtidig har advokat Michael Avenatti blitt henvist til juridisk granskning av formann for justiskomiteen, Chuck Grassley, for å ha løyet for Kongressen to ganger.
NBC News deliberately hid vital information that would have helped clear Brett Kavanaugh of the serial rape allegations Julie Swetnick and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, leveled against him.
Høringene i Senatets justiskomité var over da Dianne Feinstein, senior-Demokraten, slapp bomben: Professor i psykologi, Christine Blasey Ford, hevdet Kavanaugh hadde forgrepet seg mot henne på en fest for 36 år siden. Hvorfor kom anklagen frem så sent? Var det en grunn til det? Hele prosessen stanset opp og spekulasjonene haglet.
Liberale medier forsto at det var åpen jaktsesong på Trumps kandidat. Advokaten til hard-porno-stjernen, Stormy Daniels, så sitt snitt. Avenatti drømmer om å bli presidentkandidat i 2020.
Avenatti kjørte frem Jule Swetnick som hevdet det hadde vært vanlig med gruppevoldtekter, hvor Kavanaugh hadde dopet ned jentene. Hun hadde selv vært utsatt etter å ha gått på ti partyer hvor jentene ble gruppevoldtatt.
NBC News and Avenatti played a huge role in this obscene smear campaign. One notable example was NBC breathlessly publishing and airing an assault allegation against Kavanaugh that was quickly exposed as a hoax. NBC did not even bother to independently corroborate this allegation prior to airing it. A Democrat handed NBC the smear, and NBC ran with it.
To make matters worse, we now know NBC News withheld crucial information that undermined the allegations made by Swetnick, the Avenatti client who accused a high school-aged Kavanaugh of spiking punch bowls at house parties so he and his buddies could engage in serial rapes.
And we know NBC deliberately withheld this crucial information because NBC is now admitting it had this information all the way back on September 30.
Avenatti hadde erklært at han satt på et vitnemål fra en annen kvinne som kunne bekrefte Swetnicks påstander.
Avenatti tweeted out a sworn statement from a woman who backed up Swetnick’s outrageous rape allegations. In her statement, this second woman swore that she, too, had witnessed Kavanaugh spike punch bowls and take sexual advantage of girls.
Det er dette vitnet som ABC hadde intervjuet og fått vite av henne at Avenatti hadde løyet. Hun hadde aldri bekreftet Swetnicks story:
But only now is NBC News bothering to report this bombshell:
Referring to Kavanaugh spiking the punch, “I didn’t ever think it was Brett,” the woman said to reporters in a phone interview arranged by Avenatti on Sept. 30 after repeated requests to speak with other witnesses who might corroborate Swetnick’s claims.
When asked in the phone interview if she ever witnessed Kavanaugh act inappropriately towards girls, the woman replied, “no.”
Wait, it gets worse…
On October 3, NBC News again spoke to this woman, and this time, she all but accused Avenatti of fabricating her statement:
[R]eached 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.”
When pressed about abusive behavior towards girls, she wrote in a text: “I would not ever allow anyone to be abusive in my presence. Male or female.”
And now, we come to the grand conclusion…
When asked about the total contradiction between his client’s sworn statement and what she told NBC, after it no longer matters, NBC now informs us, “At one point, in an apparent effort to thwart the reporting process, [Avenatti] added in the phone call, “How about this, on background, it’s not the same woman. What are you going to do with that?”
So Avenatti’s witness, the woman he brought forward to bolster Swetnick’s serial rape claim, totally recanted to NBC News, and NBC News hid this news until now.
Det er den slags oppførsel som totalt ødelegger folks tillit til mediene. Avsløringen kommer ikke totalt overraskende. Det har lenge vært klart at mediene gjør hva som helst for å ødelegge Trump.
Avenatti er nå blitt referert til kriminell etterforskning for to forhold av justiskomiteens formann, Chuck Grassley:
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Friday referred lawyer Michael Avenatti to the Justice Department for a second criminal investigation amid reports his accuser recanted her allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh even before he submitted her sworn declaration. (..)
Grassley sier Avenatti var klar over at det andre vitnet hadde avkreftet påstandene. Likevel gikk Avenatti ut med dem. Disse vitnemålene legges frem som edsvorne og medfører derfor straffeansvar.
Grassley cited an NBC News report revealing – nearly three weeks after Kavanaugh’s confirmation – that a second, unidentified accuser walked back on her allegations even before the lawyer could post her statement on social media, saying the lawyer “twisted” her words.
I tillegg kommer det første straffbare forholdet:
the one issued Thursday — alleging that Avenatti and client Julie Swetnick engaged in a “conspiracy” to provide false statements to Congress about Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual misconduct — after the accuser backtracked on some allegations.
Også Swetnick trakk sine anklager, uten at Avenatti brød seg om det. Han risikerer nå fengselstraff.