WASHINGTON D.C.- U.S. Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee is referring a lawyer and his client who made allegations about Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Justice Department, for further investigation.
Senator Grassley says he's asking the DOJ to look into whether Julie Swetnick and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, conspired to provide false statements to Congress, and obstruct a Congressional Committee investigation, three separate times, during the Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination hearings.
Senator Grassley says a Justice Department investigation is warranted because of Swetnick's allegations against Kavanaugh, which were contradicted. Grassley also says the timing of the allegations, during the hearings, was suspicious. The referral seeks further investigation, but is not intended to be an allegation of a crime.