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New York - 25 October 2018
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Avenatti, Attorney
"We welcome the investigaton requested by Senator Grassley, who obviously has no idea what he has just done. What he has effectively done is has opened up a pandora's box and my client and I are very much looking forward to a full and complete investigation into my client's allegations, her affadavit, the affadavits of her witnesses as well as all of the other evidence that is available relating to my client's allegations."
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Avenatti, Attorney
"It is especially ironic that Senator Grassley, who I might also add is not even an attorney, has no legal experience and yet chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, I find it rather ironic that he could not delay the nomination for a matter of days to allow the FBI to investigate my client's allegations, despite our repeated requests for a full FBI investigation. Senator Grassley nor the White House would allow the FBI to meet with a single witness relating to my client's allegations, would not allow the FBI to interview my client despite my repeated demands."
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Avenatti, Attorney
"Senator Grassley just stepped in it, to be clear. And I welcome it and my client welcomes it and we want a full and thorough investigation by the FBI, by the Justice Department, into my client's allegations as well as the statements made by Judge Kavanaugh. And when it is concluded, there will be no quesiton that Judge Kavanaugh lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee, lied about what transpired, and that he should be removed from the Supreme Court of the United States."
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael Avenatti, Attorney
"So they want to make this an issue? I say bring it. We want a full and complete investigation into each of my client's allegations and we're going to put Judge Kavanaugh on trial and we're going test his credibility against that of me and that of my client. We welcome that fight."
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Thursday asked for a criminal investigation into whether Julie Swetnick and her attorney, Michael Avenatti, conspired to provide false statements to Congress and obstructed a congressional investigation during the confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Grassley wrote in a letter to the Justice Department that Swetnick and Avenatti made serious allegations that required significant resources to investigate. But Grassley says information from media interviews and elsewhere indicates their statements "likely contained materially false claims."
Avenatti released a sworn statement in which Swetnick said she witnessed Kavanaugh "consistently engage in excessive drinking and inappropriate contact of a sexual nature with women in the early 1980s." Kavanaugh denied the allegations.
Avenatti told The Associated Press he would put his client's credibility up against Grassley's any day: "This is a classic case of be careful what you wish for."
Kavanaugh's confirmation was delayed and nearly derailed when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford made sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. Amid the Judiciary Committee's investigation, Avenatti submitted the sworn statement to the committee from Swetnick.
Grassley said that within hours of Avenatti submitting the statement, Democrats sought to cancel a committee vote on Kavanaugh. He said the committee investigated the claims and diverted significant resources to the effort. He said that Swetnick subsequently contradicted herself in media interviews and there is lack of credible evidence that she ever met or socialized with Kavanaugh. Friends of Kavanaugh also told the committee they had never heard of Swetnick, Grassley said.
Avenatti says the White House never allowed the FBI to conduct a complete investigation of his client's allegations. He says that when a complete investigation is concluded, "there will be no quesiton that Judge Kavanaugh lied to the Senate Judiciary Committee, lied about what transpired, and that he should be removed from the Supreme Court of the United States."
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