"There will be no question that Judge Kavanaugh lied" to the Grassley-led Judiciary Committee when he denied Swetnick's claims, which have included descriptions of booze-fueled, 1980s house parties where intoxicated girls were gang raped, the lawyer said. Kavanaugh had also denied two other women's allegations of sexual misconduct.
"We're going to put Judge Kavanaugh on trial," Avenatti said.
Avenatti said such a probe should have been done before Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court was confirmed by the full Senate earlier this month, after the Grassley-chaired Judiciary Committee heard testimony from a woman, Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused the justice of trying to rape her in the early 1980s.
The committee did not question Swetnick and the White House did not instruct the FBI to interview her at that time, as Avenatti had repeatedly offered.
Grassley in a letter to the Justice Department cited "contradictions" between what Swetnick originally said about Kavanaugh to the Judiciary Committee in an affidavit in late September and what she later told NBC News in an interview Oct. 1.
"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 the statement.
"Sen. Grassley just stepped into it, to be clear," Avenatti said. "We welcome it, and we want a full and fair investigation by the Justice Department and the FBI of my client."
"I don't think that Sen. Grassley or his minions thought this out."