On Friday evening, we learned of an newly ordered FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh. And although the investigation is somewhat limited in scope, it appears the FBI may be able to criminally pursue Kavanaugh for any perjury committed during his Senate testimony.
According to the expose from the Washington Post, “If investigators uncover evidence that Kavanaugh lied to lawmakers during hearings or on his background-check forms, that could spark a criminal investigation in which law enforcement could use the full extent of its legal powers.”
If you find yourself wondering why that news is pertinent, it should be noted that even before Dr. Ford and others came forward with sexual misconduct allegations, Kavanaugh was accused of lying under oath about stolen emails and a judge he once clerked for. Some of Kavanaugh’s own friends have now begun coming forward alleging that he perjured himself in other ways.
Liz Swisher, an old friend of Brett Kavanaugh’s from college, told the Washington Post that “Brett was a sloppy drunk, and I know because I drank with him. I watched him drink more than a lot of people. He’d end up slurring his words, stumbling.”
“There’s no medical way I can say that he was blacked out,” Swisher added, “… But it’s not credible for him to say that he has had no memory lapses in the nights that he drank to excess.”
Also, Lynne Brookes, another old friend of Kavanaugh’s, also confirmed to the Washington Post that he’s lying about his drinking. “He’s trying to paint himself as some kind of choir boy,” Brookes said. “You can’t lie your way onto the Supreme Court, and with that statement out, he’s gone too far.”
Both women also made appearances on the Lawrence O’Donnell show on MSNBC. While on air, Swisher claimed that Kavanaugh “was clearly lying” about his drinking. Also, for what it’s worth, she also stated that she knew Deborah Ramirez, the second Kavanaugh accuser, and she claimed that she believes her. Both Swisher and Brookes then stated that they are willing to testify to the FBI about this, if necessary.
The game has now changed significantly. Even if the FBI is unable to prove that Kavanaugh committed any of the alleged acts of sexual misconduct within the next seven days, perjury is now on the table.