A Rhode Island man who came forward with an yet another allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday, then later backtracked his claim and admitted it was untrue, has now been referred to the Justice Department for prosecution, according to a letter from Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley on Saturday.
Amid all the allegations suddenly being brought forth against Kavanaugh by multiple accusers, a Rhode Island man called Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s office and claimed that Kavanaugh and his high school friend Mark Judge had assaulted one of his friends on a boat in 1985 in Newport, Rhode Island – a claim which Kavanaugh fiercely and emphatically denied.
The man was reportedly later outed by sleuthing reporters on Twitter as “Jeffrey Catalan,” according to a report by the Daily Caller. The man then posted an apology on his Twitter account, recanting his claim.
Do everyone who is going crazy about what I had said I have recanted because I have made a mistake and apologize for such mistake
— Jeffrey Catalan (@JeffreyCatala16) September 26, 2018
Saturday, Grassley sent a letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Chris Wray, recommending the man for criminal prosecution for making the fraudulent claim against Kavanaugh. Grassley wrote in his letter:
Committee investigations in support of the judicial nomination process are an essential part of the Committee’s constitutional role. 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.
Accordingly, in light of the seriousness of these facts, and the threat these types of actions pose to the Committee’s ability to perform its constitutional duties, I hope you will give this referral the utmost consideration.
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) September 30, 2018
BREAKING: Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Sen. Grassley refers to DOJ for prosecution guy who falsely claimed Judge Kavanaugh raped woman on boat in Rhode Island in 1985. pic.twitter.com/CmV1WpVc8Y
— Wired Sources (@WiredSources) September 30, 2018
Sen. Grassley refers to Justice Department guy who falsely tipped Sen. Whitehouse that Brett Kavanaugh raped a woman on a boat in Rhode Island in 1985. (Whitehouse referred the accuser to a reporter.) https://t.co/wxMtEcxwqr pic.twitter.com/oS6WUvBFgH
— Byron York (@ByronYork) September 30, 2018
The effort to destroy Kavanaugh may have been criminal… https://t.co/FluLSAF5Pc
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) September 30, 2018
Chuck Grassley just referred the false allegation from a Rhode Island man against Judge Kavanaugh to the FBI for criminal investigation.
— Kerry Picket (@KerryPicket) September 30, 2018
.@senjudiciary is asking the FBI to open a criminal investigation into “apparent false statements” made to committee investigators alleging Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted a woman on a boat in Rhode Island in 1985. The FBI has declined to comment. pic.twitter.com/po0PeiSGjU
— Mike Balsamo (@MikeBalsamo1) September 30, 2018
This man apologized for claiming his friend was sexually assaulted by Judge Kavanaugh. https://t.co/FNUhRpnky2
— The Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) September 27, 2018