After she was tracked down and interviewed by Senate investigators, the woman recanted and said she was not the author and had never met Kavanaugh. Grassley heads the Senate Judiciary Committee that held hearings on allegations against Kavanaugh.
Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee asked the Justice Department to investigate a woman who admitted she made claims against Brett Kavanaugh during the committee investigation as a "ploy".
Justice Brett Kavanaugh will not participate in the tradition of walking down the marble steps in front of the Supreme COurt following his formal investiture ceremony next Thursday, the Supreme Court announced, citing security reasons.
October 3: The Senate Judiciary Committee received an email from Judy Munro-Leighton stating that she was the alleged "Jane Doe" from the letter. Given her relatively unique name, Committee investigators were able to use open-source research to locate Ms. Munro-Leighton and determine that she: (1) is a left-wing activist; (2) is decades older than Judge Kavanaugh; and (3) lives in neither the Washington DC area nor California, but in Kentucky.
The letter continued, "On September 25, 2018, staffers for Senator [Kamala] Harris [of California], a Committee member, referred an undated handwritten letter to Committee investigators that her California office had received signed under the alias "Jane Doe" from Oceanside, California".
In October, a Kentucky woman named Judy Munro-Leighton came forward as the author of an anonymous letter in which she claimed Kavanaugh and another person had raped her in the backseat of a vehicle.
"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", Grassley wrote.
In the letter sent to FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Republican Sen.
He vehemently denied all of the claims.
"I am Jane Doe from Oceanside CA - Kavanaugh raped me", Ms. Munro-Leighton wrote in an October 3 email claiming to have been a victim of the judge. The subject line of the email read, "I am Jane Doe from Oceanside CA - Kavanaugh raped me".
The supreme court steps were crowded with protesters for many days last month as the judge's confirmation remained on a knife edge, exacerbating deep political and cultural divisions, until he survived an 11th-hour investigation by the FBI. I saw it online. "But when individuals intentionally mislead the Committee, they divert Committee resources during time-sensitive investigations and materially impede our work".
Mr. Grassley has previously asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to probe Julie Swetnick and her lawyer, anti-Trump crusader Michael Avenatti, for lying to Congress and obstructing.