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Kurtz: the Kavanaugh allegations now in a swamp of confusion?
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on how the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh confusion can pins.
Michael Avenatti managed to make it all about him.
What a shock.
The way he dealt with the third Prosecutor against Brett Kavanaugh yesterday, undercut his client and damaged your case. By teasing on Twitter Julie Swetnick make available, and by phone in talk shows, In the whole turned into a spectacle.
Kavanaugh not shot back quickly, that he even know the woman: “This is ridiculous, and out of the Twilight Zone.” And President Trump, calling it a “shame” on the target, the lawyer took, calling Avenatti “lowlife.”
I’m not now anticipate Swetnick’s allegations, and no one should either. Your sworn statement is quite chilling. But it raises certain questions, which he has not answered.
In contrast to Christine Ford, wrote to members of Congress, Swetnick has spoken, only by Avenatti. In contrast to Deborah Ramirez, who spoke to the New Yorker, the not talking to perceived problems with your account, Swetnick, a journalist or an external investigator.
Swetnick, who has a security clearance and worked for the Treasury Department and the IRS makes a series of impressive charges in its statement.
She says she saw Kavanaugh and his friend Mark judge at numerous house parties in the early 1980s, where she says the Supreme Court nominee engaged in “abusive behaviour”. Swetnick, says Kavanaugh drank excessively, the “crude sexual comments,” and engaged in “fondling and grabbing of girls without their consent … grinding against girls, the try to remove, or to relocate parts of their clothing to expose private body.”
She says Kavanaugh and judge Spike the punch with alcohol and drugs, and recalled seeing it, as they fed among the young, “waiting for their “turn” with a girl in the room.”
And then she gets her own alleged attack, said she was unable to move, to fight, without your consent, “boys to rape me.” Swetnick, says Kavanaugh, and judge were not present to say during this alleged rape, but that you have participated in.
She also says she said, at least two people about this shortly after, but no name. If Avenatti had confirmatory statements from them, I’m sure he would have published them.
What I, or any other journalist, the questions would Swetnick,:
If girls groped, drugged, verbally abused and even raped by Kavanaugh and his friends at these parties, why keep them?
And since such horrendous behaviour would have been testified to by many students of these house-parties, why, no one has confirmed otherwise, either what you say or what has been said by Ford?
Avenatti succeeded in one respect, the generation of intense media coverage Swetnick account. And it will obviously be brought to today’s hearing of the Committee on legal Affairs, which was originally going to be the only two witnesses, Christine Ford and Brett Kavanaugh.
The fact that it could now be three plaintiffs are seen as strengthening the case against Kavanaugh. But I suspect that it is with the opposite effect, comes in at the last minute: connects all of the claims (his Yearbook), and neutralizes the strongest allegations by they seem to be part of a huge stack.
I think that the Senate Republicans are missing a tactical ride by the announcement of the vote on Kavanaugh would be Friday. That made it sound like you just go through the motions with today’s hearing and vote to confirm the judge, regardless of what Ford says.
Because the pols and experts say continue your partisan attacks either, he is a liar, or the women is lying — it almost seems like the details no longer play a role, only those who have the political muscles.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.