Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee are asking the Justice Department for an update on the status of criminal referrals of false testimony made by four individuals during the confirmation hearings of Justice Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"These criminal referrals were not made lightly. In each of the … cases, the referred individual made false allegations against then-Judge Kavanaugh. These allegations were taken seriously and carefully investigated by committee staff, resulting in the diversion of significant resources," said the letter from Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Mike Lee, R-Utah; Ted Cruz, R-Texas; John Cornyn, R-Texas; Mike Crapo, R-Idaho;Thom Tillis, R-N.C.; John Kennedy, R-La.; and Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn.
It was addressed to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray.
Democrats fretting that President Trump's nomination of Kavanaugh could lead to the overturn of the Roe v. Wade abortion ruling solicited testimony from women who claimed they were sexually assaulted by Kavanaugh when they were in college.
The salacious accusations have continued since his confirmation. The New York Times recently reported a new allegation, citing a book. But the Times left out the fact that the alleged victim says she doesn't remember the incident.
WND columnist David Harsanyi said the Democrats' "smearing of Brett Kavanaugh is about delegitimizing the Supreme Court – the only institution that will inhibit the progressive agenda no matter who wins elections."
"In the mind of Democrats, conservative justices aren't merely wrong; they're nefarious, racist and extremist. So it's not surprising that virtually any smear against Kavanaugh is rationalized. In this world, the accused, rather than the accuser, bears the 'burden of proof.' In this world, hucksters like Michael Avenatti are turned into experts, and major news outlets will eagerly repeat and spread slander as news."
He noted the Times was "caught in a blatantly unprofessional act" and "was forced to add an editor's note that debunked the most newsworthy aspect of their own article."
The four individuals referred for criminal charges are accused of "the submission of materially false statements to the committee, obstruction of Congress and conspiracy to submit false statements or obstruct Congress."
They "did not" participate in the confirmation process in good faith, the senators wrote.
"The first referral, dated September 29, 2018, relates to a false allegation made by an individual who told the Committee that he had direct knowledge that Judge Kavanaugh assaulted a close friend on a boat in the harbor at Newport, Rhode Island in 1985. After the Committee extensively questioned Judge Kavanaugh about the allegation, the individual recanted and apologized on social media for making the false allegation."
In another instance, the committee found the witnesses "had a long history of credibility issues and may have criminally conspired to mislead the commission and obstruct its investigation."
In a third case, an alleged victim "denied the key allegations" made by another witness, stating that the witness had "twisted her words."
Another witness, who claimed to have written a letter accusing Kavanaugh of rape, admitted she lied.
She never had met Kavanaugh.
"It is illegal to make materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements to congressional investigators. It is illegal to obstruct committee investigations," the senators warned.
"It is important to protect the constitutional process from being hijacked by bad actors involved in insidious partisan operations. The committee can bring bad actors to the attention of law enforcement and the American people by being as transparent as possible about its investigative findings. However, it is up to the FBI and the Justice Department to hold those who mislead Congress accountable for the criminal aspects of their behavior," the letter said.
The post Senators: Where are charges against Kavanaugh accusers? appeared first on WND.