An accuser of United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) Justice Brett Kavanaugh admitted that she conjured up the sexual assault charges she presented to congressional investigators during the confirmation hearings to “get attention.”
U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley called for a criminal investigation into Judy Munro-Leighton for her accusations against Kavanaugh – allegations that were described as part of a ploy to end the justice’s SCOTUS nomination bid, according to a letter sent late Friday afternoon to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
“Today, Chairman @ChuckGrassley referred Judy Munro-Leighton to @TheJusticeDept for investigation for making materially false statements to the Committee during the course of its investigation,” the Senate Judiciary Committee tweeted Friday.
Doesn’t match up …
A number of things that did not match up with Munro-Leighton’s testimony against Kavanaugh were pointed out in Grassley’s letter.
“Given her relatively unique name, Committee investigators were able to use open-source research to locate Ms. Munro-Leighton and determine that she: (1) is a left-wing activist; (2) is decades older than Judge Kavanaugh; and (3) lives in neither the Washington, D.C., area nor California, but in Kentucky,” Grassley’s letter to Session reads.
When questioned after her initial allegation, the truth eventually came out that Munro-Leighton lied because she did not want to see the conservative Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court bench.
“On November 1, 2018, Committee investigators connected with Ms. Munro-Leighton by phone and spoke with her about the sexual-assault allegations against Judge Kavanaugh she had made to the Committee,” Grassley wrote in the letter. “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.”
Another confession was subsequently made:
“When directly asked by Committee investigators if she was – as she had claimed – the ‘Jane Doe’ from Oceanside, California, who had sent the letter to Senator Harris, she admitted, ‘No, no, no. I did that as a way to grab attention,” the letter states.
Murno-Leighton’s leftist political persuasion was also admitted to be a motivation behind the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh – a conservative judge who is deemed as a threat by Democrats to be instrumental in ultimately overturning the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion throughout the U.S.
“She further confessed to Committee investigators that (1) she ‘just wanted to get attention’; (2) ‘it was a tactic’; and (3) ‘that was just a ploy,’” the Senate Judiciary Chairman informed in the letter. “She told Committee investigators that she had called Congress multiple times during the Kavanaugh hearing process – including prior to the time Dr. Ford’s allegation surfaced – to oppose his nomination.”
It was then stated that no kind of sexual assault ever took place between Kavanaugh and Munro-Leighton – who never even made the judge’s acquaintance.
“Regarding the false sexual-assault allegation she made via her email to the Committee, she said, ‘I was angry, and I sent it out,’” Grassley noted in his letter. “When asked by Committee investigators whether she had ever met Judge Kavanugh, she said, ‘Oh Lord, no.’”
Dealing with more false allegations …
Another bogus witness – as well as one of the Democrats’ leading attorneys who presented “evidence” against Kavanaugh – could also face major consequences for falsifying information to incriminate the beleaguered justice.
“Grassley has also referred Julie Swetnik, Michael Avanetti and an unnamed man for criminal prosecution after making false claims to congressional investigators,” Townhall reported.
Taking falsified accounts seriously
The Senate Judiciary leader mentioned the seriousness behind the false claims made against Kavanaugh.
"The Committee is grateful to citizens who come forward with relevant information in good faith – even if they are not 100-percent sure about what they know,” Grassley continued. “But when individuals intentionally mislead the Committee, they divert Committee resources during time-sensitive investigations and materially impede our work.”
He went on to warn that those providing false information to incriminate Kavanaugh have likely broken the law – indicating that they will probably face charges of their own in the near future.
“Such acts are not only unfair; they are potentially illegal," Grassley stressed. "It is illegal to make materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statements to Congressional investigators. It is illegal to obstruct Committee investigations."
Trump not taking false claims lightly
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.
“President Donald Trump – who vowed to focus the midterm election campaign on ‘caravans and Kavanaugh’ – swung back to the Supreme Court issue online and at a rally Saturday by blasting a small player in Senate confirmation hearings who allegedly admitted to making false statements about then-nominee Brett Kavanaugh,” USA Today announced.
He took to social media to express his contempt for the malicious and flagrant claims made against his appointed SCOTUS nominee – false accusations about which Democrats have remained silent.
“A vicious accuser of Justice Kavanaugh has just admitted that she was lying – her story was totally made up, or FAKE!” Trump exclaimed on Twitter Saturday. “Can you imagine if he didn’t become a Justice of the Supreme Court because of her disgusting False Statements. What about the others? Where are the Dems on this?”
During a Republican rally in Montana on Saturday, he informed voters that Munro-Leighton’s attack on Kavanaugh – which he viewed as character assassination – was completely made up.
"She lied about the story – about rape," Trump proclaimed, according to USA Today. "About rape, she lied, and then we're supposed to sit back and take it."
He asked about every other accusation presented by Democrats against Kavanaugh.
"What about the others?" Trump continued. "What are they gonna say happened?"
It remains to be seen whether the one witness who has not recanted her allegations – Kavanaugh’s original accuser, Christine Blasey Ford – will continue to stand by her accusations of sexual assault.
“The ‘Jane Doe’ letter and Munro-Leighton's bit player role contrasts with the lengthy public appearance at the September hearing by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who claimed he had assaulted her when they were in high school,” USA Today’s Doug Stanglin and Christal Hayes recounted. “She has stood by her charges – despite denials by Kavanaugh under oath.”
Even though Trump originally admitted that Ford’s testimony was “very compelling” – referring to her as a “very credible witness” – he later mocked her performance at Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, and it appears that he will stick by his skepticism of her account after reviewing Grassley’s letter revealing Munro-Leighton false accusations.
A number of other probes are underway to get to the bottom of the litany of false accusations waged against the conservative justice.
“Grassley’s letter on the Munro-Leighton incident marks at least the fourth request Grassley has made of federal authorities to investigate those involved in the controversial Kavanaugh proceedings – which were extended due to a series of sexual assault allegations surfacing when Kavanaugh was in high school and college,” Stanglin and Hayes noted. “Among accusers who came forth during the hearings is 43-year-old Deborah Ramirez, who – according to The New Yorker – alleges that Kavanaugh [exposed himself to her] during a party. Kavanaugh has denied all allegations of sexual misconduct.”