During his highly contentious confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, several women came forward and made 11th hour and uncorroborated claims against now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh — claims he had sexually assaulted them, committed sexual misconduct or witnessed sexual assaults against other women.
The most prominent of those to make claims against the then-Supreme Court nominee was California psychologist Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who said that back in the early 1980s when both she and Kavanaugh were teens in the Washington, D.C., area, the judge committed sexual misconduct against her.
In highly publicized hearings, Blasey Ford appeared before the judiciary committee and testified under oath.
Throughout the process, Kavanaugh — a married father of two daughters and a highly respected judge on the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit — vehemently denied all such accusations and maintained his innocence.
Ultimately, evidence was lacking and people identified as witnesses said they actually saw no such actions or knew nothing about them. And 89 days after President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh to the nation’s highest court, he was confirmed by the Senate, on Oct. 6, 2018, by a vote of 50-48.
Now, a Kentucky woman who claimed Kavanaugh raped her admits the two never even met, as LifeNews.com and other outlets reported late on Friday afternoon.
The individual, identified as Judy Munro-Leighton, has revealed “her actions were part of a ploy to take down Kavanaugh’s nomination.”
Late on Friday, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa)(shown above right), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation about the “fabricated allegations” received by the committee — and referred the individual for criminal prosecution.
“As you know, the Senate Judiciary Committee 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,” the letter says early on, in part.
“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 … I am writing to refer Ms. Judy Munro-Leighton for investigation of potential violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1001 (materially false statements) and 1505 (obstruction), for materially false statements she made to the Committee during the course of the Committee’s investigation.”
The letter continued, “On September 25, 2018, staffers for Senator [Kamala] Harris [of California], a Committee member, referred an undated handwritten letter to Committee investigators that her California office had received signed under the alias ‘Jane Doe’ from Oceanside, California. The letter contained highly graphic sexual-assault accusations against Judge Kavanaugh.”
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“The anonymous accuser alleged that Justice Kavanaugh and a friend,” the letter continued, “had raped her ‘several times each’ in the backseat of a car. In addition to being from an anonymous accuser, the letter listed no return address, failed to provide any time frame, and failed to provide any location — beyond an automobile — in which these alleged incidents took place.”
“Regardless, Committee staff quickly began investigating the claims as part of the broader investigation, hindered by the limited information provided. On September 26, 2018, Committee staff questioned Judge Kavanaugh about these allegations in a transcribed interview conducted under penalty of felony,” the letter continued.
Kavanaugh unequivocally denied all such claims and called them “ridiculous.”
He said that nothing of the kind ever happened.
“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.”
Eventually, as the full letter made clear, the accuser — by then identified as Judy Munro-Leighton — admitted the whole thing was a hoax done for “attention.”
“Under questioning by Committee investigators,” the letter continued, “Ms. Munro-Leighton admitted, contrary to her prior claims, that she had not been sexually assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh and was not the author of the original ‘Jane Doe’ letter. When directly asked by Committee investigators if she was, as she had claimed, the ‘Jane Doe’ from Oceanside, California, who had sent the letter to Senator Harris, she admitted: ‘No, no, no. I did that as a way to grab attention. I am not Jane Doe … but I did read Jane Doe’s letter. I read the transcript of the call to your Committee … I saw it online. It was news.”
She further said, as the Grassley letter indicated, “that (1) she ‘just wanted to get attention’; (2) ‘it was a tactic’; and (3) ‘that was just a ploy.'”
His letter also noted, “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 also referred Julie Swetnik, Michael Avenatti and an unnamed man for criminal prosecution after they made false claims to congressional investigators, as Townhall and other outlets also noted.
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