Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley, referred a man to be criminally investigated after he publicly made potential false statements in which he claimed that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his childhood friend Mark Judge had “raped” a woman in Rhode Island while aboard a board in 1985.
On Wednesday evening, a fifth person came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of sexual assault. The report came not long after the fourth accuser came forward and was reported by NBC.
This week, the Senate looked into the fifth allegation of sexual assault against the Supreme Court nominee.
It wasn’t a female accuser this time, however. The letter was written by a man and sent to Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. In the letter, the man claimed that a female friend of his had been raped by “two heavily inebriated men she referred to at the time as Brett and Mark” on a boat in Rhode Island in 1985.
Kavanaugh denied the most recent allegations.
The Gateway Pundit reports:
The man who wrote the letter to Senator Whitehouse said he and another individual hunted down Brett and Mark at the harbor and “physically confronted the two men, leaving them with significant injuries.”
Shortly after NBC ran with the story, the man recanted his story–IT WAS A HOAX!
The Senate Judiciary Committee is now asking for a criminal investigation into this hoax.
A letter was penned to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Director of the FBI Christopher Wray by Senator Grassley. In the letter, Grassley requested a criminal review of the man who made the allegations, then recanted them. The Senate Judiciary website reports:
“The Committee is grateful to citizens who come forward with relevant information in good faith, even if they are not one hundred percent sure about what they know. But when individuals provide fabricated allegations to the Committee, diverting Committee resources during time-sensitive investigations, it materially impedes our work. Such acts are not only unfair; they are potentially illegal. It is illegal to make materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements to Congressional investigators. It is illegal to obstruct Committee investigations,” Grassley said in the letter.
Judge Brett Kavanaugh spoke on the recent hoax allegation during Thursday’s hearing. He was visibly angry that the Democrats had repeatedly used delay tactics to postpone his confirmation.
“The effort to destroy Kavanaugh may have been criminal,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said on Saturday evening, responding to Chuck Grassley’s criminal referral.
Sen. Grassley refers to Justice Department guy who falsely tipped Sen. Whitehouse that Brett Kavanaugh raped a woman on a boat in Rhode Island in 1985. (Whitehouse referred the accuser to a reporter.) https://t.co/wxMtEcxwqr pic.twitter.com/oS6WUvBFgH
— Byron York (@ByronYork) September 30, 2018