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Republican calls for Kavanaugh accuser and lawyer to be criminally investigated

Posted: 10:17 AM, Oct 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-10-25 17:17:33Z

The battle over the handling of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing isn't over as Sen. Chuck Grassley is calling on the Justice Department to criminally investigate one of the justice's accusers and her attorney.

Grassley, who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to the Justice Department calling for Julie Swetnick and her attorney  Michael Avenatti  to be subject to a criminal investigation.

The investigation will focus on what Grassley's office calls "a potential conspiracy to provide materially false statements to Congress and obstruct a congressional committee investigation."

Grassley questioned the veracity of Swetnick's claims of allegedly being aware of sexaul assaults that Kavanaugh may have participated in during his time in high school. Kavanaugh denied all such claims.

(MORE: Kavanaugh accuser has been 're-victimized' since coming forward with story, she says)

“When a well-meaning citizen comes forward with information relevant to the committee’s work, I take it seriously. It takes courage to come forward, especially with allegations of sexual misconduct or personal trauma. I’m grateful for those who find that courage,” Grassley said in a statement.

"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," Grassley said.

"It stifles our ability to work on legitimate lines of inquiry. It also wastes time and resources for destructive reasons. Thankfully, the law prohibits such false statements to Congress and obstruction of congressional committee investigations. For the law to work, we can’t just brush aside potential violations. I don’t take lightly making a referral of this nature, but ignoring this behavior will just invite more of it in the future," Grassley said.

Avenatti, who first came to national attention for representing adult film star Stormy Daniels, tweeted his response to Grassley's call for an investigation.

"It is ironic that Senator Grassley now is interested in investigations. He didn’t care when it came to putting a man on the SCOTUS for life. We welcome the investigation as now we can finally get to the bottom of Judge Kavanaugh’s lies and conduct. Let the truth be known," Avenatti wrote on Twitter.

This story is courtesy of ABC News .