United States Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) appeared on video and began talking about lawyer Michael Avenatti and his client, Julie Swetnick, who made some very striking sexually charged accusations involving Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The accusations mentioned gang rape during the early 1980’s, most likely around 1982.
Lindsey Graham doesn’t sound like he’s falling for the woman’s story. He was on video saying:
“If you went to a party once where people are being drugged and gang-raped, you wouldn’t go to the next nine, that you would tell somebody, and that you have an obligation if you see people being abused to come forward and say something about it, if not for yourself, for them. So I’m very suspicious of this. He says he doesn’t know the lady. He says he never hung out with the lady, and the more we know about the difference in age and time, it, it smells bad to me. I’ve been very suspicious…”
Watch him on video:
Swetnick’s accusations suggest that Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge were present at a party where someone was gang-raped back around 1982. It doesn’t sound very specific nor does it sound like Kavanaugh had anything to do with any alleged rape. Just being somewhere doesn’t make one a rapist.
Swetnick’s story continues, according to CBS News:
“I also witnessed efforts by Mark Judge, Brett Kavanaugh and others to cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of numerous boys,” Swetnick alleged. “I have a firm recollection of seeing boys lined up outside rooms at many of these parties waiting for their ‘turn’ with a girl inside the room. These boys included Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh.”
“In approximately 1982, I became the victim of one of these ‘gang’ or ‘train’ rapes where Mark Judge and Brett Kavanaugh were present,” Swetnick continued. “Shortly after the incident, I shared what had transpired with at least two other people. During the incident, I was incapacitated without my consent and unable to fight off the boys raping me.”
Again – the issue with this is that it doesn’t actually suggest that Kavanaugh has participated in anything. She suggests that they were there, but she does not technically use any language that suggests Brett Kavanaugh had actually participated in any sort of rape activity.
Why does that matter? Because if they were in a court of law and an attorney asks “was Brett Kavanaugh there” and the answer is yes, that doesn’t mean anything. If an attorney asks “did Brett Kavanaugh rape you or rape someone else” – then that’s a completely different question and answer. If the accuser says yes and gives specifics, then they might have a case.
This seems to be a bit shady because Swetnick seems to be alleging that Kavanaugh was there, but is there any language that dictates Kavanaugh was participating in a rape?
That answer, as far as I can tell, is no.
That would mean this accusation is essentially pointless because it’s not actually indicating Kavanaugh in a crime. It’s just saying that she thinks he was present at a party where an alleged rape happened.
I think her narrative is busted.
Lindsey Graham’s point about attending the party, then continuing to go after allegedly seeing a rape happen, is a grand slam.
Who goes to a party, witnesses rape, and then goes to nine more of the same party?