Senate Judiciary committee chairman Chuck Grassley refers Julie Swetnick and her lawyer Michael Avenatti to the Justice Department for possible criminal investigation in connections to her claims about Brett Kavanaugh.
A letter was sent to the Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray, noting “potential violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 371, 1001 and 1505, which respectively define the federal criminal offenses of conspiracy, false statements and obstruction of Congress.” The referral seeks further investigation only, and is not intended to be an allegation of a crime,” the statement continued. “The full letter of referral of Swetnick and Avenatti can be found HERE.”
Avenatti mocked Grassley: “Maybe if Grassley was actually a lawyer that knew something about the law, he would realize what he has just done. He just opened up Pandora’s box as it relates to Justice Kavanaugh’s conduct. It is Christmas in October.”
Maybe if Grassley was actually a lawyer that knew something about the law, he would realize what he has done. He just opened up Pandora’s box as it relates to Justice Kavanaugh’s conduct. It is Christmas in October!
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) October 25, 2018
This comes as Avenatti sparked controversy by saying the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee “better be a white male” because their arguments “carry greater weight.”
Reaction on Twitter:
BREAKING: Sen. Chuck Grassley just said he's referring Michael Avenatti and Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick for a criminal investigation.
Yes, he is asking for the alleged victim, not the perpetrator to be investigated criminally!
And you wonder why women don't come forward?
— Ed Krassenstein (@EdKrassen) October 25, 2018
BREAKING: @ChuckGrassley demands criminal investigation to find out if Brett Kavanaugh accuser Jule Swetnick was lying.
— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) October 25, 2018