A woman who accused newly minted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault has confessed to investigators that she invented everything because she was "angry" and wanted grab the public's attention, having previously called the Senate not to approve Kavanaugh's nomination.
Grassley, in a letter to the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation, said a woman by the name of Judy Munro-Leighton took responsibility for authoring an anonymous letter that made allegations that Kavanaugh and a friend raped her. Under questioning by Committee investigators, 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.
Kavanaugh was narrowly confirmed to the Supreme Court by a vote of 50-48 on October 6 after a contentious political event unfolded on Capitol Hill the likes of which had not been seen before.
According to a 414-page report released by Grassley, investigators interviewed more than 40 people and reviewed all evidence, but found no corroboration of allegations against Kavanaugh.
But a court spokeswoman, Kathy Arberg, said on Friday that the change was being made "out of an abundance of caution due to security concerns". I am not Jane Doe. but I did read Jane Doe's letter. "Such acts are not only unfair; they are potentially illegal". Her story of alleged gang rapes was referred to on the Senate floor by Sen.
"Indeed, the evidence appears to support the position that Julie Swetnick and Mr. Avenatti criminally conspired to make materially false statements to the Committee and obstruct the Committee's investigation".
"Can you imagine if he didn't become a Justice of the Supreme Court because of her disgusting False Statements?" he continued. The Committee's investigation has involved communicating with numerous individuals claiming to have relevant information.
"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 wrote.
Making time on the campaign trail before Tuesday's midterms, President Donald Trump voiced his condemnation of the Democrats' smear campaign targeting Kavanaugh after Grassley's letter was unveiled.
Several days later Grassley says Munro-Leighton wrote an email that included her name.
Many users instantly took Kavanaugh's side on Twitter, as soon as the news started coming in. It contained highly detailed and graphic sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh, but the letter listed no return address, failed to provide any timeframe, and failed to provide a location apart from allegedly happening in a vehicle, investigators noted.