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“Do Any Voters Still Have Doubts About the Kavanaugh Hearing?”

Nov 5, 2018 by

“Do Any Voters Still Have Doubts About the Kavanaugh Hearing?”

By Donna Garner

11.5.18

It is possible that there are people who will be voting in the mid-term elections tomorrow (Nov. 6) who still have questions about the thoroughness of the investigation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh by Sen. Chuck Grassley’s U. S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. If so, then the following should allay everyone’s doubts.     

On Nov. 2, 2018, Sen. Grassley’s Senate Judiciary Committee released its 414-page report so that everyone can read it – exhibits and all:  https://www.judiciary.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/2018-11-02%20Kavanaugh%20Report.pdf

The public can easily read all 414 pages of this report for themselves; but to save people’s time, I have gone through pp. 1-28 and captured the “Committee’s Conclusions” for each of the accusers. The other 386 pages are the Exhibits that verify the conclusions found in the first 28 pages of the report.

[The report contains multitudes of cited references; if you see a number that looks out of place, it is actually a cited reference number that is shown here in regular-size font instead of the small font as used in the actual report. I have also added paragraph breaks for ease of reading.]

The first part of the report is the Introduction.

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THE INTRODUCTION (p. 1)

In the weeks leading up to Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation vote on October 6, 2018, investigators from the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary (“Committee”) diligently pursued all relevant allegations made against the nominee.

This memorandum summarizes the Committee’s work and provides a status update on the Committee’s ongoing efforts to review and address additional matters that arose during the course of the investigation, including potential violations of Senate rules, potential witness tampering, and potential false statements made to the Committee in violation of federal law.

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The public should feel free to go to the Report to read for themselves the Background (pp. 1-2) and the Summary of the Investigation (pp. 2-3).  

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Below is a list of the people investigated and the conclusions reached by the Committee.  

THE FORD ALLEGATIONS (pp. 3 – 14)

Committee Conclusions:  Committee investigators found no verifiable evidence that supported Dr. Ford’s allegations against Justice Kavanaugh. The witnesses that Dr. Ford identified as individuals who could corroborate her allegations failed to do so, and in fact, contradicted her.

***Please go to p.8 to read the account of an unnamed man who may have had an encounter with Christine Blasey Ford around the time of her sexual misconduct claim with Kavanaugh. This man said he believes he and Kavanaugh bear a close resemblance to one another.  Look at p. 8, (Sept. 24,25) and (Sept. 26).

11.4.18 – “Kavanaugh report’s biggest bombshells: Grassley probe reveals details behind mistaken identity claims, more” – By Robert Gearty Fox News https://www.foxnews.com/politics/senate-report-reveals-mans-encounter-with-ford-that-fits-her-allegations-against-kavanaugh

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THE RAMIREZ ALLEGATIONS (pp. 14-17)

Committee investigators found no verifiable evidence to support Ramirez’s allegations.

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THE SWETNICK ALLEGATIONS (pp. 17 – 23)

Committee Conclusions: The Committee found no verifiable evidence to support Swetnick’s allegations. Indeed, the evidence appears to support the position that Julie Swetnick and Mr. Avenatti criminally conspired to make materially false statements to the Committee and obstruct the Committee’s investigation.

Accordingly, the Committee referred both to the Department of Justice and FBI for investigation and potential violations of 18 U.S.C. § 371, § 1001, and § 1505 on October 25, 2018. In addition, on October 26, 2018, the Committee made a second criminal referral against Michael Avenatti to the Justice Department and FBI for investigation of potential violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1001 (knowingly providing materially false statements) and 1505 (obstruction of a congressional investigation), based upon the NBC story that evidenced that Mr. Avenatti may have fabricated allegations by a second declarant.68

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RHODE ISLAND ALLEGATION (pp. 23 – 24)

[I transcribed this myself because of difficulties cutting/copying/pasting from the document.] 

The Committee found no verifiable evidence to support the allegations. Indeed the evidence supports the position that [BLANK] provided false information. Accordingly on September 29, 2018, the Committee referred [BLANK] to the Department of Justice and FBI for investigation of potential violations of 18 U.S.C. §1001 (knowingly providing materially false statements) and § 1505 (obstruction of a congressional investigation).

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THE COLORADO ALLEGATIONS (pp. 25 – 26)

The Committee found no evidence to support the allegations in the anonymous Colorado letter. The alleged victim of the incident—the woman Justice Kavanaugh was dating when he authored parts of the Starr Report—denied the event ever took place. Justice Kavanaugh similarly denied engaging in the alleged conduct. The letter is anonymous, and the Committee has no way to identify the sender for further investigation. The Committee found no verifiable evidence to support the allegations.

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THE CALIFORNIA ALLEGATION (pp. 26 – 27)

Committee Conclusions: The Committee found no credible evidence to support the allegations in the Jane Doe letter. Justice Kavanaugh denied engaging in the alleged conduct. The letter is anonymous, and the Committee has no way to identify the sender for further investigation. Although Judy MunroLeighton emailed several Senate offices to claim responsibility for the letter, she later admitted that she was not the author of it and merely used it as a “ploy” to “get attention” and had never met Justice Kavanaugh.

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ONGOING COMMITTEE EFFORTS (pp. 27 – 28)

Although the Senate confirmed Justice Kavanaugh on October 6, Committee investigators continue to pursue several issues related to the allegations against Justice Kavanaugh.

Several media outlets have reported that the FBI’s supplemental report indicated that Leland Keyser, a friend of Dr. Ford, felt pressure from Dr. Ford’s allies to revisit her initial statement to the Committee that she did not know Justice Kavanaugh or have any knowledge of the alleged incident.78

According to the news articles, Keyser reported that former FBI employee Monica McLean, whom Dr. Ford allegedly coached in a polygraph exam years earlier, and others contacted her to suggest she “clarify” her account. Committee investigators continue to pursue this lead to determine whether McLean or others tampered with a critical witness.

Finally, Committee investigators will refer for investigation by the Justice Department and FBI any potential violations of federal law, when warranted. These referrals will identify individuals who appear to have made materially false statements to the Committee or otherwise obstructed the Committee’s investigation in connection with allegations against Justice Kavanaugh.

As noted in this memorandum, Committee investigators referred [BLANK] for investigation on September 29, 2018.79

The Committee also referred Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick to the Justice Department and FBI for investigation of potential violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 371 (conspiracy), 1001 (knowingly providing materially false statements), and 1505 (obstruction of a congressional investigation) on October 25, 2018.80 In an October 1 interview with MSNBC News,81

Ms. Swetnick retracted several egregious allegations from the declaration she submitted to the Senate on September 26.

Additionally, on October 26, 2018, the Committee made a second criminal referral against Michael Avenatti to the Department of Justice and FBI for investigation of potential violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1001 (knowingly providing materially false statements) and 1505 (obstruction of a congressional investigation), based upon a NBC story that evidenced that Mr. Avenatti may have fabricated allegations by a second declarant.82

On November 2, 2018, the Committee referred Judy Munro-Leighton to the Justice Department for investigation of potential violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1001 (knowingly providing materially false statements) and 1505 (obstruction of a congressional investigation).83

As noted in the Committee’s referral of Mr. [BLANK], Mr. Avenatti, Ms. Swetnick, and Ms. Munro-Leighton, making any knowing and materially false statement to Committee investigators is a crime.84 Such conduct wastes Committee time and resources, has the potential to significantly interfere with congressional investigations, and greatly hinders the Committee’s ability to assist the Senate in performing its constitutional responsibilities. The Committee is ready and willing to speak with any individual who comes forward with critical information in good faith. However, the Committee will not tolerate efforts to obstruct its work.

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1 Comment

  1. Joanne Yurchak

    Each of these women who deliberately lied should be tried and, if found guilty, put in jail.

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