Chuck Grassley, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, today referred Julie Swetnick and her attorney Michael Avenatti to the DOJ for criminal investigation today.
The referral is in reference to allegations Swetnick and Avenatti made about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation process. Swetnick, in a sworn statement presented to the Judicial Committee, accused Kavanaugh of being a member of a gang that drugged and raped women in the 1980s.
Avenatti has a desire for the limelight that may have finally gotten him in trouble. And there may finally be justice for those that wish to ruin another person by making false accusations.
Addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Directory Wray, the statement in part reads,
As you know, the Senate Judiciary Committee recently processed the nomination of Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States, leading to his eventual confirmation on October 6, 2018. As part of that process, the Committee has investigated various allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh. The Committee’s investigation has involved communicating with numerous individuals claiming to have relevant information. While many of those individuals have provided the Committee information in good faith, it unfortunately appears some have not. As explained below, I am writing to refer Mr. Michael Avenatti and Ms. Julie Swetnick for investigation of potential violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 1001, and 1505, for materially false statements they made to the Committee during the course of the Committee’s investigation.
The complete referral document can be read here.