Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Friday asked the Justice Department to investigate a Kentucky woman named Judy Munro-Leighton for making a false accusation against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Munro-Leighton reportedly admitted in a phone conversation with the committee that she lied about being the author of an anonymous accusation letter against Kavanaugh. The letter, sent when Kavanaugh was a nominee, was actually penned by Christine Blasey Ford, who later gave congressional testimony about her allegations.
Grassley's message said Munro-Leighton also admitted she has never met Kavanaugh; "just wanted to get attention;" and that her assault claim "was just a ploy." Kavanaugh has denied all accusations.
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On Saturday, President Trump tweeted about Munro-Leighton's decision to recant:
Trump's tweet, which never mentions Munro-Leighton's name, suggests her deception had a far more significant impact on Kavanaugh's nomination than it did. Unlike allegations from Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick, her claims were not publicized during the nomination process.
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