GOP requests update on criminal referrals prompted by 2018 Kavanaugh probe

GOP requests update on criminal referrals prompted by 2018 Kavanaugh probe
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Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee want to know if the Justice Department took action on four criminal referrals made during the panel’s 2018 probe into allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughDemocratic group plans mobile billboard targeting Collins on impeachment January reminds us why courts matter — and the dangers of 'Trump judges' Planned Parenthood launches M campaign to back Democrats in 2020 MORE.

The GOP senators previously made four referrals to the Justice Department, two related to Michael Avenatti, a third about an individual who claimed Kavanaugh assaulted a woman in Rhode Island and a fourth from a woman who initially claimed that she was the author of a letter “containing highly graphic sexual assault allegations” against Kavanaugh.

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“In each of the aforementioned cases, the referred individual(s) made false allegations against then-Judge Kavanaugh. These allegations were taken seriously and carefully investigated by Committee staff, resulting in the diversion of significant resources,” the nine GOP senators wrote in a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday.

Kavanaugh faced multiple accusations of sexual assault and misconduct during the confirmation process. He repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

“The next Supreme Court nominee should not have to defend himself or herself against baseless and fabricated allegations, and Committee staff should not have to spend valuable time investigating them,” the GOP senators added.

Republicans want to know if the FBI opened an investigation into the referrals, and if the referrals were sent to the Justice Department for prosecution.

If the cases were sent to the Justice Department for prosecution, senators want to know which referrals DOJ rejected and which were accepted.

The letter comes around the one-year anniversary of Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation in a 50-48 vote. Every Republican, except Sen. Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiRepublicans will pay on Election Day for politicizing Trump's impeachment GOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff Paul predicts no Republicans will vote to convict Trump MORE (Alaska), supported him. Sen. Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinTrump's trial a major test for McConnell, Schumer Poll: West Virginia voters would view Manchin negatively if he votes to convict Trump Pelosi set to send impeachment articles to the Senate next week MORE (W.Va.) was the only Democrat to vote for him.

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