Third Woman to Accuse Kavanaugh of Misconduct Back Tracks on Some of Her Claims
- President Donald Trump toldreporters everywhere he goes
the American people arefor Judge Brett Kavanaugh,
and he believes Kavanaughwill be confirmed.
One of the three women accusing Kavanaugh
is backtracking on some of her claims.
Here with more is Robert Donachie
with the Washington Examiner.
Robert, thanks for joining us.
- Thanks for having me.
- First of all, what is the latest
with Julie Swetnick and an NBC interview?
- So, as we know, Swetnickis the third accuser
of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
She claims to have seenKavanaugh and his friend
Mark Judge spike the punchat high school parties
in the early 1980s in order to get women
inebriated to the point that they
can't say no, a very damning claim.
Now, last night in an NBC interview,
she walked that back,saying that she never
really directly saw Kavanaughactually put anything
in the punch, just thatshe was around the bowl.
And so that walk-back is actually causing
some people to question whetheror not her story is valid.
- Do you think the FBIwill still interview her?
- I think that the White House has given
a pretty broad mandate to theFBI, so long as they can meet
the quick, expeditedone-week FBI investigation.
And as Trump said yesterday,they can interview
just about everybody they want.
One important thing to note is that
this investigation waslaunched last Friday
in order to get the bottomof Ford's allegations,
not necessarily Swetnick'sor the other accusers.
- Do you think theinvestigation will go fast
and there will be a vote this week?
- Well, so I think thewriting's on the wall here.
Mitch McConnell has said that he
wants the vote to come this week.
It's backed up by Republicanleadership, and the president
wants a quick, expeditedinvestigation and a close to this.
I think really what youhave to focus on is,
McConnell is reallyfocused on three people,
Murkowski, Collins, and Flake.
And so I'd say that atany time that he has
two out of three of them locked down,
we will see a vote as quickly as possible.
- What are your thoughtsabout the president's
statements today that the American people,
wherever he goes, they arefor Judge Brett Kavanaugh?
Your thoughts on that?
- Well, I think conservativesand conservative groups
have been behind BrettKavanaugh a hundred percent.
I think that many people who see
Brett Kavanaugh as an accomplished judge,
as somebody who's a conservative stalwart
and somebody that would push forth
their agenda on the Supreme Court
are not, I guess, deterred at all in their
support for him by these allegations.
Now, if the allegations came forth
with some kind of evidencethat these truly did happen,
rather than kinda the he said, she said
that we're seeing right now,maybe you'll see that back off.
But in the conversations I've had
with conservative groups, conservatives,
and Republicans, it doesn'tseem like they've lost
any of their gumption forKavanaugh at this point.
- What about the other side of the aisle?
Any chance maybe some independents
coming out in support of Kavanaugh?
- I think time will tell at that fact.
I mean, I'd say right now,you probably have about 50
senators on the Republicanside, or close to, 49 to 50.
So, again, it's gonna all come down
to Collins, Murkowski, and Flake.
- Okay, well let's talk about an article
you've written for theExaminer tying the outcome
of this confirmation andthe November elections.
- All right, so I spokewith conservative Republican
strategists and I spokewith Democratic strategists
over the past five daysregarding, actually,
how does this play out in the midterms?
Now, the ubiquitous stance on Republicans
and the Democratic sideis that Republicans
in Congress will face serious blowback,
could possibly lose bothchambers of Congress,
if they don't get Kavanaughthrough this week or next week.
Now, I've got a coupleconservative strategists
who told me that Republicans shouldn't
even bother to show up to work
on November 7th if theycan't get this done.
I think the overarching message I got
from Democrats is thatyou couldn't even write
an article about how many mistakes
the Republicans made along this process,
that you would need to write a book,
that they feel thatRepublicans, once again,
alienated women in this process.
They did so when questioning Ford.
They did so basicallythroughout this entire time.
So, what I do see is that Republicans
have a real shot here,that if they can't get
Kavanaugh through, they could really
lose the House and possibly the Senate.
- All right, Robert Donachiewith the Washington Examiner.
Thanks for your insight, sir.
- Thanks for having me.