The Senate approved the justice in an extremely tight vote October 6, and Trump has leaned on Kavanaugh's successful confirmation to win favor with his base, referencing the controversy at numerous campaign rallies ahead of Tuesday's hotly contested midterm elections.
"Under questioning by Committee investigators, Ms. Munro-Leighton admitted, contrary to her prior claims, that she had not been sexually assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh and was not the author of the original "Jane Doe" letter", Grassley's office wrote in a Friday referral to the Department of Justice.
Grassley wrote "that Munro-Leighton admitted to the committee on November 1 that she previously lied about an allegation that Kavanaugh and a friend raped her in the backseat of a auto", according to The Hill.
Responding to investigators' question on whether she had ever met Kavanaugh in person she said "no".
Interestingly, a fresh Harvard/Harris Poll cited by Breitbart has it most American women and men (about 55 percent) say Democrats were not genuinely concerned with the accusations of sexual assault made by Christine Blasey Ford, but instead were using the allegations and hype to political gain. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), head of the committee, said in a letter (pdf) sent to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray on November 2.
"I was angry, and I sent it out", she told investigators. Kavanaugh denied the accusation, as well as allegations of misconduct made by two other women. "Judy Munro-Leighton for investigation of potential violations of 18 U.S.C. §§ 1001 (materially false statements) and 1505 (obstruction), for materially false statements she made to the Committee during the course of the Committee's investigation".
Eventually, as the full letter made clear, the accuser - by then identified as Judy Munro-Leighton - admitted the whole thing was a hoax done for "attention".
"Can you imagine if he didn't become a Justice of the Supreme Court because of her disgusting False Statements?" he continued. "Kamala Harris on September 19 with details of this vicious assault". I read the transcript of the call to your Committee.
She further said, as the Grassley letter indicated, "that (1) she "just wanted to get attention"; (2) "it was a tactic"; and (3) 'that was just a ploy'". Such acts are not only unfair; they are potentially illegal.
Grassley urged the Federal Bureau of Investigation director and attorney general to give the case his "utmost consideration", but added that Munro-Leighton's fabricated allegations should not discount sexual assault claims that were made in "good faith". It is illegal to make materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements to Congressional investigators.
Grassley last month also requested a criminal investigation into another Kavanaugh accuser, Julie Swetnick, and her attorney, Michael Avenatti.