Another Kavanaugh accuser admits to fabricating rape story

The Senate Judiciary Committee has referred a woman to the FBI after investigators reportedly found she had falsified her allegations about being assaulted by Judge Brett Kavanaugh.

Grassley claimed that Munro-Leighton confessed to committee investigators that she had never met Kavanaugh and admitted her allegation was a "ploy" and "tactic" because she opposed the judge's nomination.

"Regarding the false sexual assault allegation she made via her email to the Committee, she said: 'I was angry, and I sent it out.'" Grassley wrote.

Though the letter didn't have a name or any details about the time frame of the alleged incident, the committee staff read Kavanaugh the letter during a conference call the next day and asked him to comment.

President Donald Trump seized on the issue at a Montana rally Saturday, calling it a "disgrace".

Grassley last month requested that the FBI investigate accuser Julie Swetnick and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, who also represents porn star Stormy Daniels in her allegations against President Trump. "It is illegal to obstruct Committee investigations", Grassley said.

Munro-Leighton contacted the committee in October claiming she wrote an anonymous letter accusing the judge of sexual misconduct.

When committee staff confronted her about these inconsistencies, she admitted that she was not the Jane Doe from the first letter, rather she wanted to make sure that accusation received more attention.

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The president responded on Twitter writing, "A vicious accuser of Justice Kavanough has just admitted that she was lying, her story was totally made up, or FAKE!"

Grassley said looking into Munro-Leighton's claims diverted resources on a time-sensitive manner.

"She lied about the story - about rape", Trump proclaimed, according to USA Today.

In addition to the allegations made by Christine Ford, the committee investigated claims made by Deborah Ramirez, Julie Swetnick, and three anonymous accusers.

Sen. Chuck Grassley wrote in a letter to the Justice Department that Sen.

It remains to be seen whether the one witness who has not recanted her allegations - Kavanaugh's original accuser, Christine Blasey Ford - will continue to stand by her accusations of sexual assault.

She then included a typed version of the Jane Doe letter.

Ford testified in September before the Judiciary Committee, alleging that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school. The bitter drama surrounding the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings energized GOP voters who gaveRepublican candidates across the nation with a lift in the polls. It's not clear at this time if these concerns had to do with the reporting of a specific threat - again, they say its just "an abundance of caution" - but it has been reported in the past the Kavanaugh and his family have received death threats.

  • Sonia Alvarado