The Senate Judiciary Committee is sending a warning to the leftists eager to make accusations, but reluctant to back them up, that there will be a price to pay.
This particular referral involves a recanted false accusation by a man who had allegedly called for a coup to remove Trump, which was relayed by Senator Whitehouse's office.
A newly released transcript of a Tuesday afternoon interview between Brett Kavanaugh and staff attorneys on the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed a previously undisclosed accusation that Kavanaugh raped someone on a boat in Rhode Island in 1985. The accusation was passed to the Judiciary Committee through the office of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.).
Kavanaugh categorically denied the accusation, saying that he had never even been on a boat in or around Newport, Rhode Island, where the assault was alleged to have occurred.
“This is just completely made up,” he told the congressional attorneys.
On Tuesday evening, the individual behind the account recanted the rape accusation via Twitter:
“Everyone who is going crazy about what I had said I have recanted because I have made a mistake and apologize for such mistake,” the individual wrote.
Not so fast.
According to Senator Whitehouse and his Committee staff, on the morning of September 24, 2018, Mr. contacted the Senator’s office to report an allegation of sexual misconduct by Judge Kavanaugh. Mr. claimed that in August of 1985, Judge Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a close acquaintance of Mr. on a boat in the harbor at Newport, Rhode Island. Committee staff took Mr. ’s allegation seriously, and asked Judge Kavanaugh numerous questions about it under penalty of felony during an interview on September 25, 2018. He categorically denied the allegation. On September 26, 2018, the Committee publicly released a redacted transcript of that interview, with Mr. ’s name redacted. Afterwards, at 7:51 pm that same evening, Mr. “recanted” and apologized for his allegation via social media. I have enclosed the relevant materials documenting these facts.
... when individuals provide fabricated allegations to the Committee, diverting Committee resources during time-sensitive investigations, it materially impedes our work. Such acts are not only unfair; they are potentially illegal. It is illegal to make materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements to Congressional investigators. It is illegal to obstruct Committee investigations.
We'll see if the DOJ actually does anything.