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Chuck Grassley refers another Kavanaugh accuser to the FBI for criminal investigation

Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh attends his ceremonial swearing in in the East Room of the White House October 08, 2018 in Washington, DC. Kavanaugh was confirmed in the Senate 50-48 after a contentious process that included several women accusing Kavanaugh of sexual assault. Kavanaugh has denied the allegations. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) has referred another person to the FBI for making false accusations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh -- and this woman admitted she has never met Kavanaugh and that she just made the wild claim to "grab attention."

Grassley wrote a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray about an allegation of rape against Kavanaugh that began with an anonymous letter received by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

Here's the timeline of events:

  • Sept. 25: Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, received an anonymous handwritten letter from "Jane Doe" ¬†which alleged that Kavanaugh and another male had raped her multiple times in a car.
  • Sept. 26: The Senate Judiciary Committee presented the letter to Kavanaugh and interviewed him about the allegations, all of which he completely denied.
  • Oct. 3: The Senate Judiciary Committee received an email from Judy Munro-Leighton stating that she was the alleged "Jane Doe" from the letter. Committee investigators ran background on Munro-Leighton and, according to Grassley, found that she is a left-wing activist who is decades older than Kavanaugh and who lives in Kentucky, not California as she alleged in the letter.
  • Nov. 1: The Committee attempted to contact Munro-Leighton for most of October, and finally made contact nearly a month after Kavanaugh was confirmed to the Supreme Court. Munro-Leighton said "I did that as a way to grab attention. I am not Jane Doe." She also told investigators the whole thing was a tactic and a ploy to oppose Kavanaugh's nomination.

"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 wrote. "When asked by Committee investigators whether she had ever met Judge Kavanaugh, she said: 'Oh Lord, no.'"

Grassley referred Munro-Leighton to the FBI for investigation into the false statements and for obstruction of the Committee's investigations.

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