The Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee completely exonerated Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of "numerous allegations" of misconduct, including an accusation of attempted rape, exposure, and instances of heavy drinking in a 414-page report issued Saturday.
When directly asked by Committee investigators if she was, as she had claimed, the "Jane Doe" from Oceanside California who had sent the letter to Senator Harris, she admitted: "No, no, no".
Before Ford's testimony, Conservative lawyer Ed Whelan suggested in a unusual series of tweets that a classmate of Kavanaugh's who looked like him may have assaulted her. President Donald Trump also subscribed to the theory.
Grassley recently referred Michael Avenatti and Julie Swetnick to the Justice Department alleging they made "materially false" statements to the committee during their investigation.
"As part of that process, the Committee has investigated various allegations made against Judge Kavanaugh". I am not Jane Doe ... but I did read Jane Doe's letter.
"Such acts are not only unfair; they are potentially illegal", Grassley stressed.
Among those questioned, the report said, were Mark Judge, PJ Smyth, and Leland Keyser, the three individuals whom accuser Christine Blasey Ford claimed were present in the house when Kavanaugh allegedly threw her on a bed and sexually assaulted her sometime in the 1980s. "I did that as a way to grab attention", the letter states.
She added, "The one thing worse than having him on the Supreme Court is to be married to him".
"In short, during the committee " s time-sensitive investigation of allegations against Judge Kavanaugh, Ms. Munro-Leighton submitted a fabricated allegation, which diverted committee resources", Mr. Grassley wrote.
Grassley referred Munro-Leighton to the FBI for investigation into the false statements and for obstruction of the Committee's investigations. "It is illegal to make materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent statements to Congressional investigators".
Making time on the campaign trail before Tuesday's midterms, President Donald Trump voiced his condemnation of the Democrats' smear campaign targeting Kavanaugh after Grassley's letter was unveiled. "When are they going to say what happened?"
"Jane Doe will get no media attention", Munro-Leighton wrote in an email, according to Grassley's office.
"I was angry and I sent it out", the woman told investigators, according to Grassley's letter.
Many users instantly took Kavanaugh's side on Twitter, as soon as the news started coming in.
Kavanaugh's confirmation in October was complicated by several allegations of sexual misconduct, including by California psychology professor Christine Blasey Ford referring to the alleged misconduct during their college years.