Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asked the Department of Justice and FBI on Tuesday for an update on the criminal referrals he submitted against witnesses who made potentially false accusations of sexual misconduct against Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
“When individuals intentionally mislead the committee, they divert important committee resources during time sensitive investigations and materially impede its work,” Grassley wrote in a letter to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray. “Such acts are not only unfair; they are potentially illegal. It is illegal to make materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements to congressional investigators. It is illegal to obstruct committee investigations.”
“The next Supreme Court nominee should not have to defend himself or herself against baseless and fabricated allegations, and committee staff should not have to spend valuable time investigating them,” Grassley added.
The senator asked for a response to his letter by Oct. 21.
Two of the Judiciary Committee’s four referrals concerned celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti and Julie Swetnick, a Washington-area professional who accused Kavanaugh of participating in gang rapes as a high school student.