Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley has formally referred creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick to the Justice Department for a criminal investigation on the grounds they had made false statements about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
During the justice’s confirmation hearings in late September and early October, the two trotted out what appeared at the time to be a wild conspiracy theory accusing him of having once participated in “gang rapes” while in high school decades ago. Based on information uncovered since then by the committee, Grassley is now confident this was indeed a false rape accusation.
In a letter addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray, the committee chairman noted that Swetnick has a history of issuing false rape accusations and provided testimony from an ex-boyfriend as evidence.
In a 12-page letter containing 7 separate exhibits, Sen. Chuck Grassley just formally referred Michael Avenatti and Julie Swetnick to DOJ for criminal charges, specifically false statements and deliberate obstruction of a congressional investigation. pic.twitter.com/JSXKnPNb0O
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 25, 2018
Her ex, Richard Vinneccy, admitted in a statement submitted under the penalty of perjury that when he told her that he had met someone new and was expecting a baby, she freaked out.
“Ms. Swetnick’s reaction was scary, frightening and bizarre causing me to fear for my life and
that of my new girlfriend and our unborn child,” he wrote.
“In a nutshell she: 1) told me that she was going to kill me, my girlfriend and our unborn child; 2) she was going to report me to the FBI and have me deported; 3) she was going to tell the police that I raped her in Seattle; 4) she was not going to grant me a divorce and; 5) that she was pregnant with twins.”
Grassley’s criminal referral of Avenatti and Swetnick also contains new evidence that Swetnick has a history of making false rape charges. Under penalty of perjury, an ex-boyfriend says she explicitly threatened to falsely accuse him of rape and have him deported. pic.twitter.com/QnhpuAAP4I
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) October 25, 2018
Based on testimony from Vinneccy and Swetnick’s other past associates, all of whom denied her claims regarding Kavanaugh, Grassley believes she and her attorney may have conspired to mislead the committee and potentially obstruct its investigation into the Supreme Court justice.
“When a well-meaning citizen comes forward with information relevant to the committee’s work, I take it seriously. It takes courage to come forward, especially with allegations of sexual misconduct or personal trauma. I’m grateful for those who find that courage,” he said in a statement.
“But in the heat of partisan moments, some do try to knowingly mislead the committee. That’s unfair to my colleagues, the nominees and others providing information who are seeking the truth. It stifles our ability to work on legitimate lines of inquiry. It also wastes time and resources for destructive reasons.”
And that’s why he’s confident referring Avenatti and Swetnick to the DOJ was the right move.
Many on social media, including those with blue check marks, appear to agree:
Good news for rule of law! Judiciary Committee Chairman @ChuckGrassley made a criminal referral to the Justice Department against attorney Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) October 25, 2018
You want an FBI investigation?
Here’s your FBI investigation:
Grassley referred Avenatti & Swetnick to FBI for a criminal charges of conspiracy to provide false statements to Congress & obstruct a congressional committee investigation.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 25, 2018
— ❌ Justin S. ❌ 🧐 (@JustinSmithArts) October 25, 2018
Couldn’t have happened to a nicer man! Good news, thank you senator! @ChuckGrassley
— Catzee, The Deplorable Cat⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Catzee5) October 25, 2018
Accountability is a good thing
Grassley sends criminal referral for attorney Michael Avenatti and Kavanaugh accuserhttps://t.co/jYWR969tjP
— Proud Texan (@xmethuselahx) October 25, 2018
Good! Grassley sends criminal referral for attorney Michael Avenatti and Kavanaugh accuserhttps://t.co/1gvi02yogK
— I ❤️My President 🇺🇸 (@HuskerHandyman) October 25, 2018
— Patrick Burglass (@RealIceburg) October 25, 2018
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