Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh now sits on the highest court in the land — the drama behind the scenes hasn’t stopped.
One of Kavanaugh’s most shocking sexual assault accusers is currently facing a criminal investigation. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley referred Julie Swetnick and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, to the Justice Department on Thursday.
Grassley has asked the FBI to investigate Swetncik and Avenatti, who also represents porn star Stormy Daniels, over allegedly false statements.
The USA Today reports that Grassley referred Swetnick for a criminal probe into an alleged conspiracy involving false statements and the intentional obstruction of Congress.
Just days before his confirmation into the Supreme Court in early September, Swetnick came forward with a bombshell claim that Kavanaugh was party to a “gang rape” club of young boys during his High School years.
In a written statement to the Senate Judiciary Commitee, submitted under oath, Swetnick alleged Kavanaugh would “cause girls to become inebriated and disoriented so they could then be ‘gang raped’ in a side room or bedroom by a ‘train’ of numerous boys” on more than 10 occasions in the 1980s.
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Kavanaugh denied the allegations as “nonsense” and a “farce.”
Avenatti, an outspoken critic of Trump and other Republicans, said he welcomed the criminal investigation into his and his client’s allegedly false statements.
“Senator Grassley has just made a major mistake. Let the investigation into Kavanaugh and his lies begin,” Avenatti said.
“I am writing to refer Mr. Michael Avenatti and Ms. Julie Swetnick for investigation,” Grassley wrote in a letter to FBI Director Christopher A. Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, for allegedly making “materially false statements they made to the Committee during the course of the Committee’s investigation.”
“When a well-meaning citizen comes forward with information relevant to the committee’s work, I take it seriously. But in the heat of partisan moments, some do try to knowingly mislead the committee,” Grassley said in his letter, published by Axios. ” That’s unfair to my colleagues, the nominees and others providing information who are seeking the truth.”
“When charlatans make false claims to the committee — claims that may earn them short-term media exposure and financial gain, but which hinder the committee’s ability to its job — then there should be consequences,” Grassley later wrote.
— The Horn editorial team