Kavanaugh took office, now his accuser is under fire
WASHINGTON - October 26, 2018
After Bret Kavanaugh’s appointment to the Supreme Court, heads flew off, as they say. For example, now the court will decide the fate of the woman who previously accused Kavanaugh of sexual rape, as well as her lawyer, who strongly supported the woman.
In particular, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Thursday referred Julie Swetnick, who made sexual misconduct accusations last month against Kavanaugh, and her lawyer Michael Avenatti to the Justice Department for criminal investigation.
Swetnick and Avenatti tried to “knowingly mislead the committee” about Kavanaugh, Grassley, R-Iowa, suggested in a statement, calling for a probe “relating to a potential conspiracy to provide materially false statements to Congress and obstruct a congressional committee investigation.”
“Avenatti publicized his client’s allegations of drug- and alcohol-fueled gang rapes in the 1980s,” said Grassley. “The obvious, subsequent contradictions along with the suspicious timing of the allegations necessitate a criminal investigation by the Justice Department.” He added that the referral was merely a request for an investigation “and is not intended to be an allegation of a crime.”
According to early Swetnick charges, Kavanaugh wasrepeatedly seen severely drunk, behaving lewdly with women at parties in the early 1980s. The woman also accused him of putting drugs or alcohol in the punch bowl to cause women to become inebriated so they could be “gang raped” by a group of men at the parties.
Swetnick and Avenatti first went public with her allegations the day before Kavanaugh testified before the Judiciary Committee for a second time, responding to Ford’s allegations. A few days later, Kavanaugh was narrowly confirmed in a 50-48 Senate vote and quickly sworn in as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court.
On Thursday, feeling the looming serious problems, Avenattiquickly pushed back. “Senator Grassley has just made a major mistake. Let the investigation into Kavanaugh and his lies begin,” he told NBC News.
“It is ironic that Senator Grassley now is interested in investigations,” he also tweeted. “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.”
Most likely, this is not the end, and Kavanaugh will be held responsible for all the affairs of those who have accused him.