A Kavanaugh Accuser Recants

False statements should be prosecuted to deter future smears.

 

Senator Chuck Grassley speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Oct. 4.
Senator Chuck Grassley speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Oct. 4. PHOTO: AARON P. BERNSTEIN/BLOOMBERG NEWS

Democrats thought they could defeat Brett Kavanaugh with a cascade of uncorroborated smears, but they failed and now the accusations are unraveling. The latest came Friday when Chairman Chuck Grassley referred Judy Munro-Leighton to the Justice Department and the FBI for potential prosecution for making false statements to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ms. Munro-Leighton was one of the women who piled on with claims of sexual assault by Mr. Kavanaugh in the progressive mob moment of the Supreme Court confirmation hearing. She claimed in an Oct. 3 email to the committee that Mr. Kavanaugh and a friend “sexually assaulted and raped me in his car.” Justice Kavanaugh denied it and Ms. Munro-Leighton conceded on Nov. 1 that she made it all up.

In a letter to the FBI and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Mr. Grassley says that, under questioning from Judiciary staff, Ms. Munro-Leighton conceded she made the false accusations because she “just wanted to get attention.” She said, “I was angry, and I sent it out.” This follows Mr. Grassley’s earlier referral to Justice concerning false statements by Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick and attorney Michael Avenatti.

These referrals are important because Democrats say they plan to keep harassing Justice Kavanaugh. They vow to re-open investigations if they win the House or Senate, and they may try to dig up more allegations without evidence. It’s thus important to expose and sanction accusers who lie. False statements to Congress harm nominees and their families, waste committee resources, and further poison American politics.

If the facts in Mr. Grassley’s letter are accurate, Ms. Munro-Leighton should be prosecuted for the damage she has done—and to deter other attention-getters who think they can make false accusations to stoke a political mob in the media and U.S. Senate.

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