- Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley refers lawyer Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick to the Justice Department for criminal investigation.
- He claims they made potentially false statements related to sexual misconduct accusations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Thursday referred lawyer Michael Avenatti and a woman he represented to the Justice Department for criminal investigation, claiming they made potentially false statements to Congress related to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The Iowa Republican said he sent a letter Thursday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray asking for an investigation. He noted that the referral is not meant to allege a crime by Avenatti or his client Julie Swetnick.
The letter cites “potential violations” of federal criminal code, specifically “conspiracy, false statements and obstruction of Congress.” Grassley said that when the Judiciary Committee was investigating last-minute allegations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh lodged by Christine Blasey Ford, Avenatti raised additional claims by Swetnick which conflicted with statements she made during an Oct. 1 interview with NBC News.