The confirmation hearing process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was undoubtedly the ugliest in recent memory as several women came forward in the final days of the process with allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
The confirmation vote was even delayed so one accuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, could testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee and a brief, limited-in-scope FBI investigation could be conducted.
Kavanaugh blanketly denied any and all allegations against him and, as the Washington Examiner reports, he said: “the whole thing is just a crock, farce, wrong, didn’t happen, not anything close.”
Now, well after Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court, one woman is admitting she completely fabricated her allegations.
During the confirmation process, Judy Munro-Leighton wrote a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, falsely accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault. She pinned the letter as “Jane Doe” from Oceanside, California.
The Washington Examiner reports Munro-Leighton now admits the accusation was fake and that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley is referring the false testimony to FBI. Will she now be facing an FBI investigation of her own?
From the report:
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, referred a woman who had claimed to have written an anonymous letter sent to Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., for allegedly false statements she made to the Senate Judiciary Committee during the investigation of allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings.
In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Grassley said that Munro-Leighton contacted the committee via email on Oct. 3 and said she was the author of the handwritten Sept. 19 letter signed by Jane Doe of Oceanside, Calif., which detailed an encounter in which Kavanaugh and a friend allegedly sexually assaulted the writer.
Here’s more on the story, per the Daily Caller:
Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said investigators quickly discovered that Munro-Leighton was a “left-wing activist” who is decades older than Kavanaugh.
But after reaching Munro-Leighton on Thursday, she admitted “that she had not been sexually assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh and was not the author of the original ‘Jane Doe’ letter.”
Munro-Leighton said that she “just wanted to get attention” for her “ploy.”
“In short, during the Committee’s time-sensitive investigation of allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, Ms. Munro-Leighton submitted a fabricated allegation, which diverted Committee resources,” Grassley said.
The false accuser could be staring down an FBI investigation. Justice?
As the Daily Caller also reports, Munro-Leighton is not the only accuser that is being forwarded to the FBI. Another accuser, Julie Swetnick, who claimed to witness Kavanaugh regularly attend parties where women were drugged and raped has also been forwarded to the Justice Department and the FBI.
“I am writing to refer Mr. Michael Avenatti and Ms. Julie Swetnick for investigation,” Grassley, an Iowa Republican, wrote in a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Grassley alleges that Avenatti and Swetnick engaged in a “potential conspiracy to provide materially false statements to Congress and obstruct a congressional committee investigation.”
In a written declaration released by Avenatti on Sept. 26, Swetnick claimed that in the early 1980s, when Kavanaugh was in high school, she witnessed him drugging alcoholic beverages at house parties in order to take advantage of girls.