Avenatti also was referred for promoting to the committee another woman who accused Kavanaugh accuser of gang rape.
A woman who claimed she was raped by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh later recanted her claim and admitted she lied.
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 Federal Bureau of Investigation employee Monica McLean, whom Dr. Ford allegedly coached in a polygraph exam years earlier, and others contacted her to suggest she "clarify" her account.
The revelation from Ford led to a sensational day of public testimony from her and then Kavanaugh before the Senate judiciary committee, which left Capitol Hill and much of the nation both riveted and disturbed.
Trump did not draw a distinction between the Grassley referral of a woman who had received little attention and the allegations of Ford and other women who made claims to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
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The woman, Judy Munro-Leighton, falsely claimed to have authored a "Jane Doe" letter stating that Kavanaugh and a friend raped her "several times" in the back seat of a auto, which the judge denies.
The "Jane Doe" in the letter claimed that Kavanaugh and his friend "sexually assaulted and raped me in his auto", but provided no timeframe of the incident, and no return address.
"I was angry, and I sent it out", she told investigators.
Kavanaugh unequivocally denied all such claims and called them "ridiculous". In order to investigate her sexual-assault claims, Committee investigators first attempted to reach her by phone on October 3, 2018, but were unsuccessful. They came forward in the wake of a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape that was released in October 2016 in which Trump was caught saying on a hot mic: "And when you're a star, they let you do it".
"In short, during the Committee's time-sensitive investigation of allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, Ms. Munro-Leighton submitted a fabricated allegation, which diverted Committee resources."
Postmarked Sept. 19 from San Diego, the handwritten letter was mailed to Sen. I read the transcript of the call to your Committee.I saw it online.
Investigators were able to find Munro-Leighton due to her "relatively unique name", and determined she was an "activist. decades older than Judge Kavanaugh".