Avenatti says it’s not his ‘obligation’ to lay out all evidence right now

Avenatti says it’s not his ‘obligation’ to lay out all evidence right now
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Attorney Michael Avenatti told CNN Thursday that it's not his “obligation” to lay out “all the facts and all the evidence right now” as it pertains to his client's claims that Supreme Court justice Brett Kavanaugh attended parties in high school where gang rapes occurred.

The interview comes one day after Avenatti revealed the name of the Kavanaugh accuser he is representing, Julie Swetnick, while calling on the Senate to delay a confirmation vote for President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden, Sanders lead field in Iowa poll The Memo: Cohen fans flames around Trump Memo Comey used to brief Trump on dossier released: report MORE's nominee until a full FBI investigation into his client’s claims and others are completed. 

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Avenatti joined CNN's “New Day” Thursday morning and was immediately challenged by co-anchor Alisyn Camerota. 

“The claims your client makes are draw dropping, and they don’t make sense to me so can we go through them and have you explain them to us,” Camerota began.

“She attended well over ten house parties where Brett Kavanaugh and his friend, Mark Judge were, and she said there was disturbing conduct,” Camerota said. “She saw Kavanaugh pressing his body against women without their consent and grinding his body against girls and attempting to expose body parts of girls and maybe his own and making crude sexual comments and being a mean drunk and spiking the punch at the house parties in order to make people incapacitated. 

“And then this, a long line outside of a bedroom where there was a young woman inside in preparation for some sort of gang rape, as she says,” Camerota said. “How is any of this possible? How is it possible that if she saw any of these things she would continue to go to house parties like this?”  

Avenatti said Swetnick didn’t understand the magnitude of what was happening at the time.

“She witnessed a lot of the conduct as it relates to what was going on in the back bedrooms and did not understand at the time the magnitude of what was transpiring in the back bedrooms until she was ultimately gang raped and drugged as she details in the declaration,” he said. “A lot of this would be substantiated if there was an investigation, which is what we want. We are not laying out all of the facts and all the evidence right now. That’s not our obligation.” 

Camerota also asked about whether Swetnick told other people about her rape after it happened, and whether Avenatti had spoken to those people. 

“I will not get into the details who I spoke to or not, Alisyn, but I will say this woman is fully vetted and I have spoken to a number of corroborating witnesses relating to what my client has stated,” he said. “She is believable and 100 percent credible.”

Camerota also raised a story published in Politico that said Swetnick’s ex-boyfriend claimed that she threatened his family, wife and baby around 2001, when he filed a petition for injunction against her. The case was later dismissed. Avenatti said the report was a product of “the far right.” 

“It’s not unusual to have an ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend say bad things about you,” he said. "I mean, that’s the best the far right can drum up is some ex-boyfriend who claims she’s not credible. I mean, that’s not what this is about. This woman is prepared to take a polygraph exam, she is a sexual assault victim, and we need to stop attacking sexual assault victims, and white men need to stop passing judgment on sexual assault victims until all of the facts are known.” 

The verbal volleys come as Kavanaugh and the first woman to level accusations of sexual misconduct against him, Christine Blasey Ford, are scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday morning. Kavanaugh has staunchly denied all of the allegations, and called the one from Avenatti's client something “out of the Twilight Zone.”