UPDATE: Senate panel refers another Kavanaugh accuser to DOJ for investigation

UPDATE 2 — 11/4, 9:24 a.m. EDT: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Friday referred a second Kavanaugh accuser, Judy Munro-Leighton of Kentucky, to the DOJ for investigation after admitting to congressional investigators she had made up rape allegations against the then-Supreme Court nominee in letters to Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and the committee at-large.

 

UPDATE — 10/27, 8:40 p.m. EDT: A second referral of lawyer Michael Avenatti to the DOJ was made Friday by Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley after NBC News revealed Julie Swetnick and a second witness in early October interviews denied Brett Kavanaugh was complicit in acts of sexual assault.

Both women were represented by Avenatti and had days earlier made sworn statements to the Senate claiming Kavanaugh oversaw the drugging and raping of underage girls at high school parties in the 1980s.

 

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has asked the Department of Justice to probe Julie Swetnick and attorney Michael Avenatti for allegedly offering “materially false” information related to the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination hearings.

In a 12-page letter addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray Thursday, Grassley requested an inquiry into the veracity of allegations Swetnick leveled against now-Justice Kavanaugh.

Grassley’s letter specifically asks the DOJ to investigate Swetnick and Avenatti for potential violation of conspiracy, false statements and obstruction of Congress.

Citing “grave allegations” and defining Avenatti and Swetnick as “charlatans” looking for “short-term media exposure and financial gain,” Grassley wrote:

“In short, Mr. Avenatti and Ms. Swetnick made grave allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, and the Committee diverted significant resources to investigate the claims.  It has become apparent that the statements Mr. Avenatti and Ms. Swetnick submitted to the Committee likely contained materially false claims.”

“Not only did Ms. Swetnick materially contradict the allegations of sexual misconduct she and Mr. Avenatti made to the Committee about Judge Kavanaugh, there is simply no credible evidence that Ms. Swetnick ever even met or socialized with Judge Kavanaugh. On the contrary, there is substantial evidence they did not know each other.”

Grassley’s referral letter also included emails involving Avenatti and Swetnick’s sworn statement, and sworn statements from witnesses casting doubt on Swetnick’s truthfulness and character.

Responding to Grassley’s request for an investigation, Avenatti said:

“I look forward to a thorough investigation into Judge Kavanaugh.  We have all waited long enough.”

Avenatti followed his comments with a response on social media, writing Kavanaugh’s “lies and conduct” would finally be investigated and Grassley had opened a “Pandora’s Box.”

A central figure in a special hearing to examine allegations of sexual assault brought to the Judiciary Committee’s attention by Dr. Christine Ford on Sept. 12, Ms. Swetnick alleged in a sworn statement weeks later Kavanaugh had engaged in “abusive and physically aggressive behavior toward girls” while a student at Georgetown Prep in the 1980s.

Swetnick contended Kavanaugh had been present at parties in which teen girls had been gang raped.

However, Swetnick’s charges quickly unraveled in a subsequent interview with NBC News.

Appearing in a televised interview with the network, Swetnick offered statements which conflicted with her sworn statement to the committee, despite the fact Avenatti had repeatedly claimed Swetnick and her allegations had been properly vetted.

 

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