‘I was angry and I sent it’: Accuser referred to FBI after recanting Kavanaugh rape claim

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(WCMH) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has referred to the FBI a woman who accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of raping her ‘several times in the back seat of a car.

Judy Munro-Leighton, according to Grassley’s office, was one of four women who made sexual assault allegations against Justice Kavanaugh during the confirmation process.

A letter sent anonymously to Senator Kamala Harris accused Kavanaugh and a friend of raping her ‘several times each’ in the back seat of a car. It was signed ‘Jane Doe’ from Oceanside, California and contained no return address, no timeframe and no location.

Senate staff investigated the claim but was hampered by the lack of information.

Kavanaugh was questioned about the allegation under oath in an interview under penalty of perjury.

Kavanaugh responded, “The whole thing is ridiculous. Nothing ever – anything like that, nothing… The whole thing is just a crock, farce, wrong, didn’t happen, not anything close.”

According to Grassley, a transcript of the interview was released later in the day, which included the entirety of the Jane Doe letter.

A week later, Grassley said committee staff received an email from Judy Munro-Leighton, claiming to be Jane Doe from Oceanside, California. In the email, Grassley said she included a typed version of the Jane Doe letter.

Grassley said that given Munro-Leighton’s unique name, they were able to locate her and determine that she is a left-wing activist, is decades older than Kavanaugh, and lives in Kentucky, not Washington DC or California.

Committee investigators made contact with Munro-Leighton on November 1 and asked about the allegations and whether she was the person who sent the letter.

Grassley said Munro-Leighton admitted to sending the email because she ‘just wanted to get attention,’ ‘it was a tactic’ and ‘that was just a ploy.’

She denied sending the original letter and ever meeting Kavanaugh.

Grassley sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking his office to investigate the matter, saying it is illegal to make materially false statement to congressional investigators. He also said it is illegal to obstruct committee investigations.

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