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Grassley Demands DOJ, FBI Update Status Of Investigation Into Kavanaugh’s ‘Fraudulent’ Accusers
Brett Kavanaugh, associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, waits for the casket of former U.S. President George H.W. Bush to arrive during a memorial service at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.
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On Tuesday, Iowa GOP Senator Charles E. Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, fired off a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and the Department of Justice as well as FBI Director Christopher Wray, demanding they follow through on a request made on October 8, 2019, to former Attorney General Barr and Director Wray requesting an update “concerning their handling of criminal referrals made by the Committee following its investigation into allegations of decades-old misconduct by then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh.”

Grassley noted that “the Justice Department and FBI have failed to respond to our letter and have failed to apprise the Committee whether, and to what extent, any steps have been taken to investigate and hold accountable those individuals who criminally interfered with the Committee’s investigation.”

“These failures are entirely unacceptable,” he continued. “As my colleagues and I stressed in our previous letter, the Committee’s four criminal referrals, dated September 29, 2018, October 25, 2018, October 26, 2018, and November 2, 2018, were not made lightly. Those referrals highlighted serious cases in which individuals made materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements to Committee investigators.”

“For example, one of the referrals related to an individual from Rhode Island who falsely alleged to Congress that Judge Kavanaugh had assaulted a friend on a boat, only to later admit on social media that he lied about the event,” Grassley wrote. “Two referrals related to allegations made by Mr. Michael Avenatti and his client, Ms. Julie Swetnick, who accused Judge Kavanaugh of being involved in gang rape activities. The Committee identified no verifiable evidence to support the allegations.”

“The Committee found that Mr. Avenatti, who has since been convicted on felony extortion charges, and his client, Ms. Swetnick, had a long history of credibility issues and may have criminally conspired to mislead the Committee regarding those allegations and obstruct its investigation,” Grassley pointed out. “A final referral related to Ms. Judy Munro-Leighton, a woman who claimed to be the author of an anonymous letter stating that Judge Kavanaugh and a friend raped her ‘several times each’ in the back seat of a car. Ms. Munro-Leighton later admitted that she falsely claimed that she was the author of the letter and its allegations and only claimed authorship of the letter ‘as a way to grab attention.’ These false allegations materially impeded the Committee’s work and diverted important Committee resources during its time-sensitive investigation.”

Grassley noted that his office had released a 414-page report of investigative findings “which did not include so much as a shred of evidence to support any of the allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh,” adding, “The FBI background checks – two of them – didn’t uncover any such evidence, either.”

Grassley concluded, “It is, however, the responsibility of the Justice Department and FBI to hold those who mislead and obstruct Congress accountable for their criminal behavior. Accordingly, I ask that you provide a response to the questions posed in the October 8, 2019, letter no later than April 6, 2021. Your response should include a full explanation of the steps the Justice Department and FBI have taken to investigate the Committee’s four criminal referrals for investigation of potential violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1001 (materially false statements), 1505 (obstruction), and 371 (conspiracy). If no actions have been taken in response to those referrals, please explain why not.”

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