Wednesday, attorney and outspoken Donald Trump critic Michael Avenatti revealed the name of a third woman who is accusing Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh of sexual abuse: Julie Swetnick, who Avenatti is representing. Swetnick’s allegations against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee are the most disturbing yet: Swetnick alleges that back in the early 1980s, Kavanaugh took part in a gang rape. And when MSNBC’s Katy Tur discussed the allegations with Kavanaugh’s attorney, Beth Wilkinson, this afternoon, the MSNBC reporter asked if she was “calling (Swetnick) a liar.”
During the interview, Wilkinson told Tur that Swetnick has made such a “frightening allegation” that Avenatti should have gone to law enforcement. And Tur asked Wilkinson, “Are you calling her a liar?”
Wilkinson responded that she was “not calling her a liar” but that she found it suspect that Avenatti “never went to the police.” Kavanaugh’s attorney told Tur, “If I had represented her, it would have been my duty to go to the police immediately.”
Tur also asked Wilkinson whether or not Kavanaugh believes “any of the women who have came out and accused (President Trump) of sexual misconduct.” And Kavanaugh’s attorney responded, “I don’t know what that has to do with this. I’ve never discussed that with him. We’re talking about what’s happening here. And I came today to be on your program to tell you exactly what he believes and what we know. And that’s it. I’m not here to make political arguments and comment on what the president said or didn’t say.”
Kavanaugh has denied Swetnick’s allegations—insisting that he has never met her—as well as the allegations of his two previous accusers: Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez.
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