Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley has referred attorney Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick to the Department of Justice for a criminal probe into whether they gave “materially false” statements to Congress during the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and intentionally attempted to obstruct the process.
“I don’t take lightly making a referral of this nature,” Grassley said in a statement. “But ignoring this behavior will just invite more of it in the future.”
Avenatti released a sworn deposition from Swetnick on Twitter Sept. 26, alleging that Kavanaugh was present at a party in high school in which she was gang raped, and that she had witnessed Kavanaugh spiking drinks with alcohol during parties. Swetnick was the third woman to come forward accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, but Swetnick’s account was the only one of the three that did not emerge through a journalistic report. Kavanaugh denied the allegation and said he did not know her.