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DOJ Targets Porno Star Lawyer Michael Avenatti in Conspiracy Probe

October 26th 2018

US Capital Day

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has called on the Justice Department on Thursday to launch a criminal investigation into one of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers and her lawyer.

The Republican lawmaker wants prosecutors to determine if Julie Swetnick and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, made false statements to Congress last month about Kavanaugh.

Swetnick said in a sworn statement disclosed by Avenatti during Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation process last month that Kavanaugh was at a party where she was gang raped. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, which Swetnick said occurred when they were in high school in the 1980s.

Multiple news outlets were unable to corroborate her allegations, and they were treated more gingerly than the sexual allegations against Kavanaugh from two other women.

Grassley also wants the Justice Department to investigate whether Swetnick and Avenatti attempted to obstruct his committee’s investigation into allegations made by Swetnick and others against Kavanaugh.

“The law prohibits such false statements to Congress and obstruction of congressional committee investigations,” Grassley wrote. “For the law to work, we can’t just brush aside potential violations. I don’t take lightly making a referral of this nature, but ignoring this behavior will just invite more of it in the future.”

On Thursday Avenatti tweeted that he is ready to cooperate with a Justice Department investigation into himself and client Julie Swetnick as soon as “tonight.”

“@ChuckGrassley, let’s start the investigation tonight,” Avenatti tweeted on Thursday evening. “I will make my client available for a sworn interview and you can make Judge Kavanaugh available for a sworn interview.”

“We also have 9 other witnesses we want interviewed and specific documents we want requested,” he added. “Let’s go.”

Avenatti responded on Twitter, saying it is “ironic” Grassley is now pursuing investigations.

“He didn’t care when it came to putting a man on the SCOTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) for life. We welcome the investigation as now we can finally get to the bottom of Judge Kavanaugh’s lies and conduct. Let the truth be known,” he said.

Two other women accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct when Kavanaugh was in high school and in college. Grassley’s request for the probe does not mean the Justice Department will comply.


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