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.”

This comes as Avenatti sparked controversy by saying the 2020 Democratic presidential nominee “better be a white male” because their arguments “carry greater weight.”

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