The Supreme Court says new Justice Brett Kavanaugh won't take the traditional walk down the courthouse steps after his ceremonial installation on the court because of security concerns.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, had requested an investigation the accuser, Judy Munro-Leighton, who anonymously claimed that Kavanaugh forced her to perform oral sex on him. Munro-Leighton admitted to investigators that she lied about being the author of a letter received by the committee.
Trump's nominee, Kavanaugh was accused by three women during committee hearings to decide whether he would be suitable for the lifelong position of Supreme Court judge. Such acts are not only unfair; they are potentially illegal.
Said Trump: "One of his [Kavanaugh's] false accusers just came out, a little while ago, and said it's all a lie. she made up the lie".
But Grassley said that Swetnick's allegation, which was detailed in a sworn statement to the committee, contained obvious contradictions. The subject line of the email read, "I am Jane Doe from Oceanside CA - Kavanaugh raped me".
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) listens as Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during the first day of his confirmation hearing to serve as Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court at the Capitol in Washington on September 4, 2018.
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"I was angry, and I sent it out", she said. She said she claimed to be Jane Doe so the letter would gain attention. The letter turned out to be a "ploy to get attention", Grassley wrote, adding that the accuser said, under questioning from the committee, that she had never met Kavanaugh.
Once the Senate Judiciary Committee staff heard Judge Kavanaugh's denial and learned Monro-Leighton's identity, they began to do some research into her past. Was she part of a broader conspiracy to sink Kavanaugh with false allegations?
Potential violations of federal law include 18 U.S.C. §§ 1001 (materially false statements) and 1505 (obstruction), according to the committee.
October 3: The Senate Judiciary Committee received an email from Judy Munro-Leighton stating that she was the alleged "Jane Doe" from the letter.
According to the report, two unnamed men separately contacted the committee "claiming that they believed they had an encounter with Dr. Ford around the time of the alleged incident".
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.