Alan Dershowitz believes Julie Swetnick’s evolving story in her accusations against Brett Kavanaugh could land her in jail if she is tried and found guilty of perjury.
The Harvard Law professor spoke with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on Wednesday following Swetnick’s interview with NBC News on Monday where the details of her claims that Kavanaugh was present at parties where “gang” or “train” rapes were occurring.
Swetnick, who is represented by Stormy Daniels lawyer Michael Avenatti, appeared to backpedal on several key statements during her interview, contradicting a sworn statement provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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Carlson asked Dershowitz about his belief that Avenatti has “a legal obligation to withdraw” Swetnick’s previous statement.
“I have done some research on it and there are some ethical and bar rules that say when you submit an affidavit even to Congress and you later learn that there are things in the affidavit that are false you have a continuing obligation to withdraw the affidavit,” Dershowitz replied.
“You cannot allow an affidavit to remain on the record if you have information suggesting it’s false,” he added.
“She has to be investigated independently of the background check, criminally investigated to see if she deliberately and willfully… made a decision to frame somebody that he had nothing to do with. The evidence seems to suggest they never knew each other they were years apart. They were operating in different circles,” Dershowitz explained.
“It wouldn’t surprise me if an FBI investigation proved they never met each other. And if that turns out to be the fact she belongs in a court of law being prosecuted, with the presumption of innocence, he said. “But if the evidence shows she committed perjury, prison.”
“Deliberately false frame-ups of rape have to be taken seriously,” Dershowitz concluded.
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