Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Sen. Orrin Hatch faces backlash for releasing a letter attacking Kavanaugh accuser

Sen. Orrin Hatch faces backlash for releasing a letter attacking Kavanaugh accuser

"Considering Swetnick has not even been granted an interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it is befuddling why Hatch has chosen to publicly smear her character in this way", Katie Matheson, Better Utah communications director, said in a statement.

None of that proves Swetnick is lying or that the new accuser is either, but it does suggest a clear ulterior motive for Avenatti's handling of this. It says she, "also witnessed efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others to cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could be gang raped in a bedroom or a side room by a train of numerous boys".

The statements come as a Politico/Morning Consult poll shows a sharp divide over Kavanaugh's confirmation, with 40 percent opposing his confirmation, and 37 percent in favor, while 23 percent remained undecided. One of these friends is dead, and one said he does not recall a Julie Swetnick. "I would not take one of those glasses from Mark Kavanaugh - Brett Kavanaugh, excuse me".

He said that the Kavanaugh accuser represented by Avenatti, Julie Swetnick, "couldn't [be] shielded" by NBC News' interview earlier this week.

She says Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were in the same part of the house earlier that evening but she can not be sure if they were involved."I can not specifically say that he was one of the ones who assaulted me", she said.

On Sept. 30, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz also called on the FBI to investigate Swetnick's affidavit "thoroughly". "When I talked to him about possibly bringing her on to help with my campaign, he told me that she had psychological and other problems at the time". They also noted her claims differed from the ones made in her sworn affidavit before airing the interview. The woman, whose name was redacted in the document Avenatti posted, said she "witnessed firsthand Kavanaugh and others spike the punch at house parties with quaaludes and/or grain alcohol". Snow, who interviewed Swetnick on Monday, also said her memory seems hazy and she seems unsure about her own story.

'I was touched everywhere, physically assaulted in every way you can physically assault a woman, ' she said.

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"I saw him [Kavanaugh] giving red Solo cups to quite a few girls during that time frame", she told NBC News on Monday night.

Richard Vinneccy confirmed to Politico that he had filed a restraining order against Swetnick following their breakup, alleging she threatened him and his family.

Things got derailed when Julie told me that she liked to have sex with more than one guy at a time.

But on Twitter, MSNBC senior vice president Jonathan Wald responded to an unnamed critic who wondered why the network continued "to perpetuate the unsubstantiated, absurd accusations and hope someday someone will back her up ... this is journalistic integrity?" And if we can't confirm it, we tell you. That's in line with the AP's editorial decisions in similar "MeToo" cases, he said.

Before the interview aired, Snow cautioned the audience. "When I asked he would not go into detail and said that I wouldn't want her to work on my campaign".

The only issue Bettag said he'd raise is whether NBC should have held the story longer to see if corroborating information emerged. "Do within a week, report back to the Senate and we will move forward".

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