Julie Swetnick’s ‘Credibility Issues’

‘NBC News Was Unable To Independently Corroborate Swetnick’s Claims,’ And ‘There Are Things That She Told Us On Camera That Differ From Her Written Statement’ While Swetnick’s Ex-Boyfriend Says ‘She’s Not Credible At All’


RICHARD VINNECCY, Swetnick’s Ex-Boyfriend: “Never, never once [did] she mention that to me. We used to talk just about everything, and she never once mentioned that at all.” (Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” 10/01/2018)


‘Does [Julie Swetnick] Have Credibility Issues?’ ‘I Would Say Yes’

MSNBC’s CRAIG MELVIN: “Credibility. Does she [Julie Swetnick] have credibility issues?”

NBC’s KATE SNOW: “I would say yes because there are—just to be clear there are things that she said to me that differ from her initial statement, which was a sworn statement last week, submitted to the Judiciary Committee. So I think that, in many people’s minds, raises a credibility question.” (MSNBC’s “MSNBC Live,” 10/02/2018)

KATE SNOW: “… NBC News, for the record, has not been able to independently verify her claims. There are things that she told us on camera that differ from her written statement last week.” (MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber,” 10/01/2018)

  • “NBC News was unable to independently corroborate Swetnick’s claims and has not spoken with anyone who says they saw Swetnick at parties with Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh has said he does not know Swetnick and has called her claims a farce.” (NBC News, 10/01/2018)

SNOW: “We’ve been trying independently to reach out to anyone who remembers … and we’ve been asking her attorney for names. So far we’ve not found anyone who remembers that.” (MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber,” 10/01/2018)

  • “Swetnick provided NBC News with the names of four friends who she said went to the parties with her. One is deceased, while two others did not respond to requests for comment. A fourth told NBC News he didn’t remember Swetnick and didn’t think he’d socialized with her.” (NBC News, 10/01/2018)


Swetnick Claims She Decided To Come Forward ‘About Six Weeks Ago’ Only After Learning Of Dr. Ford’s Accusations, But Those Only Became Public A Little More Than Two Weeks Ago

SNOW: “She’s also unclear about when she first decided to come forward.” (MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber,” 10/01/2018)

JULIE SWETNICK: “I wouldn’t be here today except for about six weeks ago, I happened to learn about Brett Kavanaugh becoming one of the people who was short listed to go to the Supreme Court.”

SNOW: “This is in July, summer?”

SWETNICK: “I don’t remember exactly. But it was about six weeks ago. And then I became aware of Dr. Ford and her description of what had happened to her at a party one time, that also had Brett Kavanaugh involved.”

SNOW: “So you only thought about coming forward when you learned about Dr. Ford?

SWETNICK: “Yes. Because I did not know how close Brett Kavanaugh was to possibly becoming the next Supreme Court justice.”

SNOW: “I just want to get the timeline right about this, because he was nominated in July. Christine Ford, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, came forward in The Washington Post more recently in September. So was it in September that you –“

SWETNICK: “Uh, it’s been several weeks. But I’m not somebody who follows the news. I’m not political at all.” (MSNBC’s “The Beat with Ari Melber,” 10/01/2018)


Swetnick’s Ex-Boyfriend, Richard Vinneccy: ‘She’s Not Credible At All,’ ‘Everything That Came Out Of Her Mouth Was Just Exaggerations,’ ‘She Was Always Wanting To Be The Center Of Attention’

VINNECCY: I know a lot about her…. She’s not credible at all. Not at all.” (“Ex-boyfriend Filed Restraining Order Against Third Kavanaugh Accuser,” Politico, 9/26/2018)

VINNECCY: “You know, she was always wanting to be the center of attention. And she always wanted to do something major. She was always trying to impress me with everything. She basically was telling me that she was exaggerating everything. If anybody knows Julie, and I know because I lived with her, and everything that came out of her mouth was just exaggerations. And she never mentioned that to me at all. That was something that I was very surprised to hear this. Actually, I was very surprised to actually see her making these accusations because she had never, ever mentioned that to me at all.” (Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” 10/01/2018)

  • VINNECCY: “Like I said before, if anybody knows the Julie Swetnick I know, she is--if you asked me personally if I believe her, I don't believe her. Personally, I don't believe her. I really don't believe her…. Nobody knows Julie Swetnick better than me…. But the facts are that I know her. And that is why I came here to tell the truth. I mean I know how she is.” (Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” 10/01/2018)

“Vinneccy, 63, is a registered Democrat, according to Miami-Dade County voting records.” (“Ex-boyfriend Filed Restraining Order Against Third Kavanaugh Accuser,” Politico, 9/26/2018)


Vinneccy Filed A Restraining Order Against Her After He Says She Threatened To Kill Him And His Family

FOX NEWS’ LAURA INGRAHAM: “Now, you claim, Richard, that Ms. Swetnick threatened you after you broke up with her. What types of threats are you alleging?”

VINNECCY: “Right after I broke up with her, she basically called me many times and at one point she basically said you will never, ever see your unborn child alive and I'm just going to go over there, I'm going to kill you guys.”

INGRAHAM: “She said she was going to kill you?”

VINNECCY: “Yes. And that really scared me a little bit.” (Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” 10/01/2018)

“Julie Swetnick … had a restraining order filed against her years later in Miami by her former boyfriend. A Miami-Dade County court docket shows a petition for injunction against Swetnick was filed March 1, 2001, by her former boyfriend, Richard Vinneccy, who told POLITICO Wednesday the two had dated for four years before they broke up.” (“Ex-boyfriend Filed Restraining Order Against Third Kavanaugh Accuser,” Politico, 9/26/2018)


VINNECCY: ‘She Talked About Lawsuits,’ ‘You Are Going To Have To Stop This Lawsuit Thing Because It’s Ridiculous’

VINNECCY: “But the more I saw her, I mean the more I saw her, I basically experienced the things that she was doing. I just didn't like it, and the fact that she was lying to me, she pretty much talked about everybody. She talked about lawsuits…. She was trying to—at one point, I remember she told me that she was filing a lawsuit, harassment lawsuit against American Airlines. So I finally said, ‘Listen, you are going to have to stop this lawsuit thing because it’s ridiculous.’” (Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle,” 10/01/2018)


Swetnick Filed A Personal Injury Lawsuit In Maryland Against The Washington Metro (WMATA) Claiming ‘She Lost More Than $420,000 In Earnings After She Hurt Her Nose In A Fall On A Train In 1992.’

“Swetnick was on the other side of a civil case in 1994, as a plaintiff, when she filed a personal injury lawsuit in Maryland against the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. She claimed she lost more than $420,000 in earnings after she hurt her nose in a fall on a train in 1992. Swetnick, who described herself in court records as a model and actor, claimed she had “numerous modeling commitments” with several companies at the time of the accident but missed out them because of her injuries.” (“3rd Kavanaugh Accuser Has History Of Legal Disputes,” The Associated Press, 9/30/2018)

  • “To support her claim for lost wages, Swetnick named ‘Konam Studios’ as one of the companies promising to employ her. A court filing identified Nam Ko, a representative of ‘Kunam Studios,’ as a possible plaintiff’s witness for her case.  Ko, however, told AP on Friday that he was just a friend of Swetnick’s and that he had never owned a company with a name spelled either way and had never agreed to pay her money for any work before she injured her nose. He said he first met Swetnick at a bar more than a year after her alleged accident. (“3rd Kavanaugh Accuser Has History Of Legal Disputes,” The Associated Press, 9/30/2018)


Swetnick Filed A Sexual-Harassment Complaint A Decade Ago In Which She Was Represented By Debra Katz’s Law Firm

“Roughly a decade ago, Ms. Swetnick was involved in a dispute with her former employer, New York Life Insurance Co., over a sexual-harassment complaint she filed, according to people familiar with the matter. Representing her in the complaint was the firm run by Debra Katz, the lawyer currently representing Dr. Ford.” (“Third Woman, Julie Swetnick, Makes Allegations Against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh,” The Wall Street Journal, 9/26/2018)


Swetnick Was Sued For Defamation By An Oregon Company And A Woman For ‘Unwelcome, Sexually Offensive Conduct’ And For ‘Ma[king] False And Retaliatory Allegations’

“Julie Swetnick, one of the women accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, faced allegations of her own misconduct during a short stint at a Portland tech company 18 years ago.” (“Julie Swetnick, A Brett Kavanaugh Accuser, Faced Misconduct Allegations At Portland Company,” The Oregonian, 9/29/2018)

Swetnick was sued for defamation in 2000 by Webtrends Corporation in Oregon and a woman named Margie Huetter who appears to have been their HR Director. (Webtrends Corporation vs. Julie Swetnick, Oregon Judicial Department, Case Number 001112165, 11/27/2000)

  • “The suit also alleges Swetnick ‘engaged in unwelcome, sexually offensive conduct’ while at Webtrends and ‘made false and retaliatory allegations that other co-workers had engaged in inappropriate conduct toward her.’  The suit alleges Swetnick ‘engaged in unwelcome sexual innuendo and inappropriate conduct’ directed at two male employees during a business lunch, with Webtrends customers present. Swetnick claimed two other employees had sexually harassed her, according to the suit.  Webtrends’ suit said it determined Swetnick had engaged in misconduct but could not find evidence to support her allegations against her colleagues. Later, the company alleged, Swetnick took medical leave and simultaneously claimed unemployment benefits in the District of Columbia.”  (“Julie Swetnick, A Brett Kavanaugh Accuser, Faced Misconduct Allegations At Portland Company,” The Oregonian, 9/29/2018)

“Company officials later determined, the suit said, that Swetnick had provided false information on her employment application. The suit alleged that she had misrepresented the length of time she worked at a previous employer and falsely claimed that she’d earned an undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry from Johns Hopkins University.” (“3rd Kavanaugh Accuser Has History Of Legal Disputes,” The Associated Press, 9/30/2018)



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