NBC News concealed info refuting gang rape claim vs. Kavanaugh
NBC News is in the ceNBnter of a new controversy after admittingly sitting on information that contradicted the gang rape charges made by the client of attorney Michael Avenatti against now-United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Last month, Avenatti claimed that he had a witness corroborating his client, Julie Swetnick’s, account that Kavanaugh participated in gang rapes during high school – new supposed evidence that came at the same time the beleaguered judge was fighting off another uncorroborated allegation of sexual assault.
“Avenatti connected NBC News with an anonymous woman he claimed could corroborate Swetnick’s allegations, but [she] instead accused the lawyer of ‘twisting’ her words,” Fox News reported. “Still, NBC went with Swetnick’s story without disclosing the exculpatory reporting.”
Suppressing the truth?
Nearly three weeks after Kavanaugh’s confirmation proceedings came to a close on October 6 with a 50–48 Senate vote confirming him as the newest SCOTUS justice, NBC News published a shocking article on Thursday – revealing that there were numerous “inconsistencies” with Swetnick’s accusations, and noting that there was a suspected corroboration between the news outlet and the accusing party to conceal information that would have helped the beleaguered nominee.
“When Sen. Chuck Grassley referred attorney Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick to the Justice Department for criminal investigation Thursday, he cited Swetnick’s interview with NBC News as evidence the two were trying to mislead the Senate Judiciary Committee,” NBC News divulged in an article it published Thursday with the headline, “New questions raised about Avenatti claims regarding Kavanaugh.”
NBC News admitted in its own story that the unidentified woman rejected Avenatti’s sworn statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee on her behalf – one that backed Swetnick’s allegations against Kavanaugh.
“Reached by phone independently from Avenatti on Oct. 3, the woman said she only ‘skimmed’ the declaration,” NBC News’ Kate Snow and Anna Schecter reported in the article. “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 indicated that she had no real testimony against Kavanaugh.
“When asked in the phone interview if she ever witnessed Kavanaugh act inappropriately towards girls, the woman replied, ‘No.’” NBC News revealed. “She did describe a culture of heavy drinking in high school that she took part in, and said Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge, were part of that group.”
When NBC asked her about the claims made by Avenatti and Swetnick, she repudiated the allegations again.
“I would not ever allow anyone to be abusive in my presence – male or female,” she told NBC News, according the left-leaning news outlet.
NBC indicated that it knew about the lack of confidence the witness had in the controversial attorney.
“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,” Flood noted.
She went on to unabashedly accuse Avenatti of lying about her testimony.
“I will definitely talk to you again – and no longer Avenatti,” the women wrote to NBC News, according to Fox News. “I do not like that he twisted my words.”
NBC in hot water
NBC News reportedly did not respond to a request for comment immediately after receiving the conflicting information – temporarily keeping a media firestorm at bay … and keeping the heat on Kavanaugh.
“As the mainstream media put a focus on alleged misconduct by Kavanaugh prior to his confirmation, NBC News’ reporting was among the most salacious,” Flood noted. “The network aired an interview with Swetnick on Oct. 1 – despite admitting it could not substantiate her claims and that she had changed her story.”
NBC News’ culpability in allegedly attempting to manipulate the outcome of Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings was corroborated by one Ivy League scholar.
“At the time, Cornell Law School professor and Legal Insurrection blogger William Jacobson told Fox News that ‘outlets like NBC News provide the fuel that feeds the anti-Kavanaugh firestorm’ that was sweeping the mainstream media ahead of the polarizing confirmation vote,” Flood added.
Swetnick not straight on her story?
As it turns out, Avenatti’s client also could not solidify and confirm her accusations against Kavanaugh.
“In the NBC News interview that aired on Oct. 1, Swetnick backtracked on or contradicted parts of her sworn statement where she alleged she witnessed then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh ‘cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of boys,” NBC News revealed.
Avenatti and NBC News guilty of malpractice?
NBC News is not the only one under fire as this latest scandal unfolds, as the leftist attorney exposed for unscrupulous efforts to undermine key members of the Republican Party with frivolous accusations is facing dire consequences for his devious machinations inside and outside the courtroom and confirmation hearings in the nation’s capital.
“Avenatti – who recently lost the defamation case he filed against President Trump on behalf of porn star Stormy Daniels – has been evicted from his law offices and owes a former colleague $5 million, [and] has earned a reputation for wild claims,” Flood pointed out.
Meanwhile, conservative critics are lashing out at NBC News for running a story exposing its own covert reporting schemes – which have been called out for demonstrating poor and inaccurate journalistic practices.
“That evidence was known to NBC more than three weeks ago – right when Kavanaugh was about to receive a vote on the Senate floor – yet we’re just hearing about it now,” The Federalist Co-founder Sean Davis tweeted. “Why did NBC News withhold that information – which reflects poorly on Avenatti – for three weeks? It would’ve been a bombshell had it been reported at the time.”
And the bad news is likely not over for Avenatti and his problematic client with Grassley announcing earlier this week that a criminal “conspiracy” probe was bring waged against the two for providing false statements to Congress.
“The Republican lawmaker cited contradictory statements by both Avenatti and Swetnick in media interviews and pointed to the NBC interview on Oct. 1, where Swetnick backtracked on her central claim that she saw Kavanaugh spiking punch at high school parties in the 1980s,” Flood informed.
It was further argued that NBC News is only coming clean now because it has already lost its fight to help Democrats keep Kavanaugh off the bench of the nation’s highest court – and possibly keep the notorious 1973 landmark SCOTUS case Roe v. Wade from being overturned to make abortion illegal once again across the U.S.
“NBC sat on this information – which would have undermined some of Kavanaugh’s accusers – and is only now releasing it after Kavanaugh was confirmed and its interview was mentioned in a referral to the DOJ,” The Daily Wire explained. “NBC was the worst offender, [as] the network interviewed Swetnick – even though it said up front it couldn’t verify her claims.”
In addition to Avenatti being accused of legal malpractice as an attorney of law, NBC is being charged with malpractice by conservative journalists regarding its underhanded reporting strategies.
“This is Journalism Malpractice 101 – you don’t put out possibly defamatory information you can’t verify,” The Daily Wire’s Ashe Schow asserted. “Of course, the media was totally okay with doing this if it meant keeping Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court – [and] they didn’t care about the consequences to his family or his reputation.”