NBC News was in possession of information that called into question Julie Swetnick’s allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, but the network decided to sit on the report until now.
The information could have helped Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings as he faced uncorroborated allegations of sexual misconduct.
Swetnick’s claim that Kavanaugh was part of a gang rape ring in high school later fell apart on national television during an interview with NBC. Today, it’s attorney Michael Avenatti’s handling of the so-called second accuser’s claims that are now in question.
Avenatti provided the Senate Judiciary Committee a declaration that the second accuser witnessed Kavanaugh “spike” the punch and get “overly aggressive and verbally abusive to girls.”
However, the woman later texted NBC News a clear denial.
"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,” she reportedly wrote.
When asked whether she witnessed Kavanaugh being abusive to girls, she responded: "I would not ever allow anyone to be abusive in my presence. Male or female."
However, the most damning part of NBC’s new report is the fact that it appears Avenatti attempted to mislead the media in a slimy way.
“Shortly after tweeting out the woman's allegations on Oct. 2, Avenatti confirmed to NBC News that it was the same woman interviewed by phone on Sept. 30. But when questioned on Oct. 3 about the discrepancies between what she said in the phone interview and the serious allegations in the sworn declaration, Avenatti said he was ‘disgusted’ with NBC News,” the report stated. “At one point, in an apparent effort to thwart the reporting process, he added in the phone call, ‘How about this, on background, it's not the same woman. What are you going to do with that?’”
When pressed on the second woman’s denials, Avenatti repeatedly defended the declaration he provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee. He even claimed he spoke with her and she confirmed it was entirely true.
Once again, the woman reiterated she never saw Kavanaugh spike any drinks or get abusive with girls. In another text message to NBC News, she said she will no longer speak to Avenatti.
"I will definitely talk to you again and no longer Avenatti. I do not like that he twisted my words,” the woman reportedly wrote.
So why did NBC News sit on this story until weeks after Kavanaugh’s confirmation process concluded? The information certainly could have helped Kavanaugh.
That might answer the question.