On Wednesday, Michael Avenatti dropped a bombshell on Twitter by identifying the third woman to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of serious sexual misconduct. Julie Swetnick, who has multiple federal government security clearances, detailed shocking behavior by Kavanaugh at parties, including verbal and physical abuse of women and coercing women into positions to be gang-raped by multiple boys. Swetnick herself claims to have been a victim of such an attack at a party at which Kavanaugh was present (although she doesn’t directly accuse him of attacking her).
As the news cycle tried to absorb the shocking revelations, commentators wondered why Avenatti had waited until the day before the hearings to drop the story. “Why wait to drop a bombshell like this?” MSNBC host Craig Melvin asked Avenatti when he phoned in.
Avenatti explained that he had alerted the committee on Sunday. As for the identity of the accuser, he explained that it was up to her to come forward.
“We revealed the allegations on Sunday. We conversed with the committee … they didn’t need to know the name of my client to begin an investigation,” he said.
“We had detailed correspondence that we sent to them on Monday morning … they never got back to us. I asked for follow up on Monday evening, they didn’t get back to us Monday evening they didn’t get back to us yesterday and we finally disclosed the client’s name today because we had to take adequate security procedures, make sure they were in place,” Avenatti said.
“This is a very serious matter and ultimately it’s the client’s determination, not mine or anybody else’s for that matter as to when her identity is revealed. So we disclosed this days ago and the fact of the matter is that Chairman Grassley, Mr. Davis, the counsel to the committee, Mitch McConnell and others, they don’t want the truth to be known regarding Brett Cavanaugh.”
Avenatti also warned President Donald Trump, Sen. Chuck Grassley and Brett Kavanaugh to avoid attacks on his client.
“They better be very careful before they start spewing nonsense trying to call my client a liar,” he warned.
‘Conspiracy, extortion and bribery’: Ex-prosecutor ticks off crimes Trump and Rudy may have committed with Ukraine gambit
On MSNBC Saturday, former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah laid out all the ways that President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani could be breaking federal law with their apparent scheme to push Ukraine into digging up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.
"Extortion, conspiracy to engage in extortion, and violating federal election law," said host Alex Witt. "Do you agree with all those premises?"
"I do, Alex, and I would add one to that, which is federal bribery," said Rocah. "Here, Trump essentially was trying to get the Ukrainian president to bribe him, give him information about his political opponent in exchange for aid to the country. So, that is soliciting a bribe. And you know, look, we can get into this more. Obviously, this is my area of expertise, whether something violates federal criminal laws, but I do worry that we're going down a path that we went down with the Mueller investigation, because for the president of the United States, that is not the standard."
Giuliani’s public invitation to Ukraine to interfere in US elections opened the door for other countries to run to Trump
President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani turned heads with his bizarre, unhinged rant on national television that effectively urged Ukraine to continue trying to gather dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden — and for news outlets to take whatever they find seriously.
As Casey Michel wrote in The Daily Beast, even if this effort ultimately fails to turn up useful opposition research against Biden, this is a profoundly dangerous development for American democracy.
Trump whistleblower needs to go directly to FBI because Bill Barr can’t be trusted: Ex-FBI director
Appearing on MSNBC with host Alex Witt, former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi blew up Donald Trump's claim that he is the victim of a "Ukraine Witchhunt."
He then added that the whistleblower who went to the inspector general with a serious charge against the president should take what he has and go to the FBI within a week if nothing happens.
"We've got to get to the bottom of this, and we can't rely on leaks and certain reporters getting certain tidbits of information," the ex-FBI man explained. "This needs to be explored and it's likely this could end up in a criminal investigation."