Senator Bill Cassidy (R-La.) called for referring Julie Swetnick—who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct—to the FBI and Justice Department (DOJ) for criminal investigation on Oct. 2.
“A criminal referral should be sent to the FBI/DOJ regarding the apparently false affidavit signed by Julie Swetnick that was submitted to the Senate,” Cassidy tweeted.
A criminal referral should be sent to the FBI/DOJ regarding the apparently false affidavit signed by Julie Swetnick that was submitted to the Senate by @MichaelAvenatti.
— U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy, M.D. (@SenBillCassidy) October 2, 2018
Swetnick initially alleged that she saw Kavanaugh conducting sexual misconduct in the 1980s in a sworn statement sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee. However, NBC News’s Kate Snow noticed that Swetnick changed her story during an interview with MSNBC. “There are things that she told us on camera that differ from her written statement [to the Senate Judiciary Committee] last week,” Snow said.
Kavanaugh denied Swetnick’s accusation strongly.
On Sept. 30, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz also called on the FBI to investigate Swetnick’s affidavit “thoroughly.”
“Swetnick affidavit should be thoroughly investigated by the FBI and her alleged witnesses named and questioned,” Dershowitz said in a Twitter post, “If perjured, there should be consequences.”
Swetnick affidavit should be thoroughly investigated by the fbi and her alleged witnesses named and questioned. If perjured, there should be consequences.
— Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) September 30, 2018
Dershowitz also renounces the attacks on Kavanaugh, labeling the “possibly false accusations” as being injudicious. He worries that this will “encourage false accusations as a tactic against controversial nominees of both parties.”
Latest weapon against K: accuse him of being injudicious in responding to possibly false sexual accusations. This will encourage false accusations as a tactic against controversial nominees of both parties. A story from The NYT that I found interesting: https://t.co/mwJnkjW4MP
— Alan Dershowitz (@AlanDersh) October 2, 2018
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has already referred a Rhode Island man for criminal investigation for allegedly making false statements to the committee regarding Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Sept. 29.
“Such acts are not only unfair; they are potentially illegal,” Grassley wrote in a letter (pdf) to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Chris Wray.
FBI Investigation not Expanded
During an interview with Fox News, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who is also a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, clarified that the FBI investigation with Kavanaugh was not expanded.
Senate Judiciary Committee has requested the FBI to interview three named witness in Christine Ford’s accusation against Kavanaugh, including Patrick James ‘PJ’ Smyth, Leland Keyser, and Mark Judge. The FBI was also requested to interview Deborah Ramirez, another accuser.
The committee required the FBI to finish the interviews in a week. “A week, once the FBI has done their interviews, they will send it back to the Senate. They won’t further interview,” Graham told Fox News, “That’s it. Do within a week, report back to the Senate and we will move forward.”
The Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said the full Senate vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation will happen by Oct. 6, the Epoch Times reported.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Sept. 25 to advance Kavanaugh out of the committee and toward a full Senate vote, but Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) asked for a one-week FBI investigation into the allegation, a request agreed to by McConnell and other Republican leaders.
The confirmation process has taken months, starting with most senators meeting privately with President Donald Trump’s nominee, followed by a week of public hearings.