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Senate tells FBI to investigate Michael Avenatti over Kavanaugh accusations

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley asked the Justice Department Thursday to investigate anti-Trump lawyer Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick, saying they appear to have fed “false” information in accusing Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh of involvement in gang rapes.

Mr. GrassleysaidMs. Swetnick gave multiple versions of her story and said the timing of the allegations was so suspect that it deserves a full investigation.

The Iowa Republican, long an advocate for whistleblowers, said he welcomed “well-meaning” complaints from citizens.

“But in the heat of partisan moments, some do try to knowingly mislead the committee. That’s unfair to my colleagues, the nominees and others providing information who are seeking the truth,” he said.

Ms. Swetnick, in a sworn statement provided by Mr. Avenatti to the committee, laid out a host of allegations that Justice Kavanaugh and a school chum were complicit in multiple gang-rapes of girls during high school parties in the 1980s.

In an interview with MSNBC, though, Ms. Swetnick backed off some of those claims and gave a different version of events, saying she only suspected Justice Kavanaugh may have been involved because he was near a punch bowl.

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