Grassley lays down the law, formally refers Avenatti and Swetnick to Justice Dept for criminal charges

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.

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.”

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:

Vivek Saxena


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