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Grassley asks justice department to probe statements by Avenatti, Kavanaugh accuser

October 25, 2018 - 3:26 pm

WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- A GOP Senator has asked the Justice Department to investigate Michael Avenatti, and his client Julie Swetnick over allegedly false statements made during Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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USA Today reports, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the FBI to look into potential conspiracy, false statements, and obstruction. He said the request was not a criminal allegation.

Avenatti appeared to welcome a probe.

Swetnick was one of the women who accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct before he was confirmed by the Senate earlier this month.

She alleged in a written statement that Kavanaugh and his friends would ply girls with alcohol, "so they could then be 'gang raped' in a side room or bedroom by a 'train' of numerous boys."

Kavanaugh called the accusations a 'farce' and was eventually confirmed.

Grassley points to an NBC interview in saying that Swetnick contradicted portions of her testimony. He wants an investigation into 'contradictions and suspicious timing,' USA Today reported. Grassley said it was possible that a person could try to mislead the committee in the 'heat of partisan moments.'