Woman Who Accused Brett Kavanaugh of Rape Admits to Judiciary Committee She Lied
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, on Friday referred a woman who made false allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh to the Department of Justice and the FBI for investigation.
In a letter addressed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray, Grassley said that Judy Munro-Leighton should be investigated for making materially false statements and for obstruction.
In a telephone conversation with committee investigators on Thursday, Munro-Leighton confessed that her email claiming to be the "Jane Doe" who accused Kavanaugh of rape was made "to get attention" and was just a "tactic" and a "ploy."
The Judiciary Committee chairman wrote that on Sept. 25, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) forwarded a letter from a “Jane Doe” to committee investigators, claiming that Kavanaugh and a friend had raped her "several times each" in the “backseat of a car.”
Grassley wrote that the committee initially investigated her allegation even though it came “from an anonymous accuser” with “no return address,” “timeframe,” or “location” of the alleged assaults.
Justice Kavanaugh, when confronted with the allegation, told committee investigators, “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 the letter.
On October 3, Munro-Leighton sent an email to committee staff identifying herself. The subject line of the email read, “I am Jane Doe from Oceanside CA -- Kavanaugh raped me.”
Grassley said Munro-Leighton wrote that she was “sharing with you the story of the night that Brett Kavanaugh and his friend sexually assaulted and raped me in his car” and referred to “the letter that I sent to Sen. Kamala Harris on Sept. 19 with details of this vicious assault.” She continued: “I know that [Jane Doe] will get no media attention, but I am deathly afraid of revealing any information about myself or my family.”
Included in the email was a typed version of the Jane Doe letter, according to Grassley.
Subsequently, committee investigators began looking into Munro-Leighton’s allegations.
Grassley said that investigators were able to quickly determine three things about the accuser, given her "relatively unique name." They found that she "(1) is a left-wing activist; (2) is decades older than Judge Kavanaugh; and (3) lives in neither the Washington DC area nor California, but in Kentucky."
The accuser had claimed to be from Oceanside, California. Grassley said committee investigators attempted to reach Munro-Leighton by phone on October 3, but were unsuccessful. They tried again on October 29, leaving a voicemail.