GRASSLEY: ‘In the heat of partisan moments, some do try to knowingly mislead the committee…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) referred attorney Michael Avenatti and a woman he represented to the Justice Department for criminal investigation, claiming they may have lied to Congress during Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
In a letter sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray on Thursday, Grassley said he is simply asking for an investigation, not alleging a crime.
Grassley does list “potential violations” of federal criminal code, however, specifically “conspiracy, false statements, and obstruction of Congress.”
“For the law to work, we can’t just brush aside potential violations. I don’t take lightly making a referral of this nature, but ignoring this behavior will just invite more of it in the future,” Grassley said in a statement.
Grassley suggested Avenatti and Swetnick’s story, which accused Kavanaugh of staging and participating in gang rapes during high school, was not true. Swetnick signed a sworn declaration, but Kavanaugh strongly denied the accusation, calling it absurd.
Grassley’s request doesn’t guarantee the Department of Justice will open an investigation, but Grassley said looking into the potentially “false statements they made to the Committee during the course of the Committee’s investigation” is of the upmost importance.
“When a well-meaning citizen comes forward with information relevant to the committee’s work, I take it seriously,” Grassley said in a statement. “It takes courage to come forward, especially with allegations of sexual misconduct or personal trauma. I’m grateful for those who find that courage. But in the heat of partisan moments, some do try to knowingly mislead the committee.”
In response to Grassley’s letter, Avenatti said he and Swetnick would “welcome” an investigation into her claims.
It is ironic that Senator Grassley now is interested in investigations. He didn’t care when it came to putting a man on the SCOTUS for life. We welcome the investigation as now we can finally get to the bottom of Judge Kavanaugh’s lies and conduct. Let the truth be known.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) October 25, 2018