There is something that we have noticed when it comes to the criminal conduct of the two major political parties. If the Republicans stand accused of any wrongdoing, the world has to come to a stop and it must be addressed. Meanwhile, any sort of criminal activity on the Democratic side is swept under the rug and forgotten about.
If you are anything like the rest of us, you are probably wondering where the disconnect lies. When this criminal behavior is not treated in the same way on both sides, it makes us wonder why we even bother caring about this stuff in the first place. Americans should want fairness on all sides but that’s not what is happening at all.
Take the Brett Kavanaugh hearing, for instance. The Senate Judiciary Committee made four different criminal referrals during this case and they were asked about these referrals by a group of Republican senators. Of course, the claims that were being made against Kavanaugh were not legitimate but you knew that already.
Here are the claims:
1. The first referral, dated September 29, 2018, relates to a false allegation made by an individual who told the Committee that he had direct knowledge that Judge Kavanaugh assaulted a close friend on a boat in the harbor at Newport, Rhode Island in 1985. 1 After the Committee extensively questioned Judge Kavanaugh about the allegation, the individual recanted and apologized on social media for making the false allegation.
2. The second referral, dated October 25, 2018, relates to false allegations made by Mr. Michael Avenatti and his client, Ms. Julie Swetnick.2 In a September 23, 2018, email to Committee staff, Mr. Avenatti stated that he and Ms. Swetnick were aware of evidence that during the 1980s, Judge Kavanaugh participated in the “targeting of women with alcohol/drugs in order to allow a ‘train’ of men to subsequently gang rape them.“3 Committee staff interviewed Judge Kavanaugh and ten other individuals in connection with these allegations, which were outlined in graphic detail in a sworn statement to the Committee purportedly written and signed by Ms. Swetnick.
3. The third referral, dated October 26, 2018, relates to evidence that Mr. Avenatti falsified a sworn statement to the Committee in order to provide support for Ms. Swetnick’s unfounded allegations.4 The sworn statement by an unknown declarant claimed that Judge Kavanaugh had spiked the punch at house parties with Quaaludes and/or grain alcohol in order to make “girls more likely to engage in sexual acts and less likely to say ‘No. “‘5 NBC News later reported on a series of contacts with the purported declarant, who stated that she had denied the key allegations in the declaration both before and after the statement was publicly released and that Mr. Avenatti had “twisted [her] words.”6
4. The fourth referral, dated November 2, 2018, relates to allegations made by Ms. Judy Munro-Leighton. 7 On October 3, 2018, Committee staff received an email from Ms. Munro-Leighton stating that she was the author of an unsigned letter containing highly graphic sexual-assault accusations against Judge Kavanaugh previously received by the office of Senator Kamala Harris. Ms. Munro-Leighton included the text of the letter in her e-mail to the Committee, claiming that Judge Kavanaugh and a friend had raped her “several times each” in the back seat of a car. 8 When Committee staff interviewed Ms. Munro-Leighton, she admitted that she falsely identified herself as the author of the letter and its allegations and had only claimed authorship “as a way to grab attention.”
The letter was sent last October by the aforementioned senators. The criminal referrals that were made took place at least one year before the letter. The Department of Justice and the FBI were then asked about the status of these claims. Four individuals stood accused of making false statements. There was credible evidence to support these claims as well.
BREAKING: GOP Senators Grassley, Graham, Lee, Cruz, Cornyn, Crapo, Tillis, Kennedy, and Blackburn ask the DOJ & FBI about the status of 4 criminal referrals made by the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding the baseless claims made against Kavanaugh:https://t.co/j3XOOLUvL3 pic.twitter.com/Ipd2MIR7Jl
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) October 8, 2019
The four criminal referrals attempted to paint Brett Kavanaugh in a very unflattering light. The first claim was made by someone who claimed to have direct knowledge of the assault that he stood accused of. The assault was said to have taken place back in 1985 on a boat in Rhode Island. After questioning, the individual who made the claim did not take long to recant.
They even took to social media to apologize for making the claim in the first place. This would seem to pretty open and shut, right? From there, it only get worse. The second referral is centered on Mr. Michael Avenatti. He and his client, Julie Swetnick, claimed that they were aware of evidence from the 1980’s that would place Kavanaugh in the hot seat.
Avenatti and Swetnick that he was participating in the targeting of women with the use of drugs and alcohol. They went on to say that the man was involved in gang rapes. These are awful allegations to be levying, especially when they are not true. The committee staff proceeded to speak with Kavanaugh and ten other individuals, in hopes of getting to the bottom of these claims.
No evidence was found to support them. Do you think that the Democrats were willing to stop there? Absolutely not. The third referral is also centered around the dishonesty of Michael Avenatti. In order for Swetnick’s false allegations to be taken seriously, he elected to falsify a sworn statement.
FYI, @TheJusticeDept still has not even responded to — let alone filed any charges related to — the @senjudiciary chairman’s 4 criminal referrals made following the alleged false statements, obstruction of congress, and criminal conspiracy during Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation. https://t.co/q4KAKR5Uhn
— Mike Davis (@mrddmia) February 13, 2020
This is a pretty serious offense but no one seems to mind because it is the Democrats who are doing the lying. It is easy to see why the Republican party has grown so annoyed with the constant dishonesty. Judge Kavanaugh was alleged to have spiked the punch at house parties with alcohol, in order to make women more likely to participate in various acts of a sexual nature.
If that sounds like something out of a bad movie, that is because it most certainly is. There is absolutely no evidence to support this claim either. Once this claim was examined, the recanting began and the person who initially made the claim said that their words had been twisted. The key allegation in this statement was eventually denied and Kavanaugh’s name was cleared.
Judy Munro-Leighton’s allegations are at the center of the fourth referral. She claimed to have authored a letter that outlined various sexual assault accusations against Judge Kavanaugh. According to the letter, she and one of her friends had been both raped by Kavanaugh on numerous occasions. Once the interview process began, she backed away from these claims and said that she had only made them up as a means of drawing further attention to herself.
So why haven’t these false claims been discussed any further? Instead, the FBI and the Department of Justice is more than willing to waste dissecting any and all claims that are made against Trump. This is the sort of unfairness that is impossible to ignore. In the future, we would love it if the Democratic party’s wrongdoing was explored with the same sort of zeal as the Republicans but that is probably going to be too much to ask.