Federal Bureau of Investigation to Probe Man Who Made False Rape Allegation Against Kavanaugh

Larry Hoffman
October 1, 2018

After a dramatic day-long hearing at which a university professor accused Kavanaugh of pinning her down and assaulting her at a party in the 1980s, the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier Friday approved his nomination in a preliminary vote along party lines.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday asked the FBI to investigate a person who allegedly gave "false statements" to the committee alleging "misconduct" by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Swetnick has claimed, in a sworn statement, that Kavanaugh and Judge engaged in lewd behavior with young women at high school parties, and alleged the two placed drugs or alcohol in punch in order to inebriate women so they could be "gang raped" by other partygoers. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said they wouldn't vote in favor of the judge's confirmation without one. That includes not following up on claims of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh from a third woman.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of SC also mentioned the ABA's assessment during an impassioned defence of Judge Kavanaugh on Thursday. Kavanaugh vigorously denied the allegation and excoriated Senate Democrats for what he called "a calculated and orchestrated political hit".

Trump ordered the FBI to reopen Kavanaugh's background investigation, delaying a final vote on the nomination.

Bush has been picking up the phone to call Senators, lobbying them to support Mr Kavanaugh, who worked in the White House for Mr Bush and through him met his wife Ashley, who was Mr Bush's personal secretary.

"It's not meant to be a fishing expedition", White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said on CNN's "State of the Union".

Kavanaugh proceeded to refute Ford's allegations while admitting he did "stupid things" in high school and "sometimes had too many beers".

Asked on Saturday about whether he needs a backup plan in the event that Kavanaugh's nomination fails, President Trump said, "I don't need a backup plan".

He also directly criticized Trump, who fired him from his position at the bureau in 2017, writing: "We live in a world where the president is an accused serial abuser of women, who was caught on tape bragging about his ability to assault women and now likens the accusations against his nominee to the many "false" accusations against him".

Other accusations made by Deborah Ramirez concern Kavanaugh allegedly exposing himself to her at a party. Judge has also denied Ford's allegations.

Two other men who were allegedly present in the house during the alleged assault, PJ Smyth and Leland Ingham Keyser, are willing to co-operate "fully" with the FBI's investigation, their lawyers said. "This goes to the very heart of whether he should be confirmed to the court", Sanders wrote in the letter to the chairman, Republican Senator Charles Grassley.

"The Committee is grateful to citizens who come forward with relevant information in good faith, even if they are not one hundred percent sure about what they know".

"The White House counsel has allowed the Senate to dictate what these terms look like and what the scope of the investigation is, " she said.

In a Thursday night letter that followed an emotional and compelling day of hearings at which Kavanaugh again denied the almost four-decades-old allegations of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, one of three named accusers, the ABA sided with Senate Democrats out of its "respect for the rule of law and due process under law".

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