Man who tweeted that his friend had been raped by Kavanaugh on a boat in 1985 but later said he ‘made a mistake’ could face criminal charges for diverting investigation into the Supreme Court nominee

Sunday, September 30, 2018
By Paul Martin

A man in Rhode Island was referred for criminal charges Saturday after saying Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman on a boat in 1985
Using the name Jeffrey Catalan on Twitter, he recanted his statement Wednesday saying he had ‘made a mistake’
Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley sought a criminal review for ‘diverting Committee resources from an ongoing investigation’
A 45-page document revealed Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh was questioned about two new sexual assault allegations Tuesday
Senate Judiciary Committee transcript also referred to a woman allegedly being assaulted in a bar in Washington DC in 1998
Kavanaugh denied both allegations

30 September 2018

A man in Rhode Island who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting his friend has been referred for criminal investigation after he recanted a statement a day after the Supreme Court nominee denied the allegation.

The person reported an incident where his ‘close acquaintance’ said she ‘was sexually assaulted by two heavily inebriated men she referred to at the time as Brett and Mark’ on a boat in Newport in the summer of 1985.

A new 45-page document dated September 25 reveals Kavanaugh was questioned about it Tuesday afternoon in a telephone call.

Committee on the Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley sought a criminal review of the actions by a named individual, whose identity was protected.

‘As explained below, I write today respectfully referring Mr. for investigation of potential violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1001 and 1505, for materially false statements [the unnamed man] made to the Committee as part of its investigation of allegations against Judge Kavanaugh,’ Grassley wrote in a letter from the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Saturday.

The complaint was made to Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s office Monday and the Committee spoke with Kavanaugh as soon as the following day for questioning.

Grassley’s letter states the man got in touch about the rape incident that took place on a boat in Newport when he saw a picture of Kavanaugh in his high school yearbook last weekend.

‘At 7:51 pm that same evening, [the unidentified man] “recanted” and apologized for his allegation via social media,’ Grassley added in the letter.

‘The Committee is grateful to citizens who come forward with relevant information in good faith, even if they are not one hundred percent sure about what they know. But 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.’

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