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FBI Asked To Investigate Kentucky Woman Over Alleged Kavanaugh Claims

Posted at 8:22 AM, Nov 03, 2018

(LEX 18) — The head of the Senate Judiciary committee is asking the FBI to investigate a Kentucky woman who he says made false accusations against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, sent a letter Friday to FBI Director Christopher Wray that identifies an alleged accuser as Judy Munro-Leighton, who the letter says lives in Kentucky.

According to Grassley’s letter, Munro-Leighton sent an email Oct. 3 to the Senate Committee’s staff claiming that she was the woman behind an anonymous letter previously sent to Sen. Kamala Harris, a Democrat committee member from California.

That letter, presented only as “Jane Doe” from Oceanside, California, accused Kavanaugh of rape. Grassley’s letter notes that Kavanaugh categorically denied the allegations.

Grassley says Munro-Leighton, in her email, claimed to be the California woman. The letter says that Senate investigators were able to contact Munro-Leighton and said she recanted her story.

“I was angry, and I sent it out,” the letter quotes Munro-Leighton as saying, adding that she acknowledged never having met Kavanaugh.

So far, there has been no independent verification of the claims and Munro-Leighton’s location and contact information could not immediately be found.

Grassley is asking the FBI to investigate the woman for obstruction and making false statements.