Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has referred lawyer Michael Avenatti and his client Julie Swetnick to the Justice Department for criminal investigation.
Chairman Chuck Grassley has made the
Julie Swetnick and Michael Avenatti are referred for criminal investigation for providing false statements, obstructing congressional investigations, and conspiracy. Which all violate federal law.
In his letter Thursday to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Christopher Wray asking for an investigation, Grassley listed “potential violations” of federal criminal code, specifically “conspiracy, false statements and obstruction of Congress.”
“Swetnick made her allegations in a sworn statement to the committee on September 26. In an October 1 interview with NBC News, however, Swetnick specifically and explicitly back-tracked or contradicted key parts of her sworn statement on these and other allegations,” the Judiciary Committee said in a statement.
“In subsequent interviews, Avenatti likewise cast serious doubt on or contradicted the allegations while insisting that he had thoroughly vetted his client,” according to a statement issued by the Judiciary Committee.
The committee said there was a “lack of substantiating or corroborating evidence” about Swetnick’s claims, and also cited “overarching and serious credibility problems pervading the presentation of these allegations.
The criminal investigation referral is the latest in a string of bad news for Avenatti.
On Monday, a judge said he must pay nearly $5 million to an attorney at his former law firm in a dispute over compensation. Last week, another judge dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by Daniels against Trump.
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