On September 25, Sen. Kamala Harris forwarded a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley. The letter, written anonymously, joined the chorus of unsubstantiated sexual assault allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Written by a woman living in Oceanside, California, the letter accused Kavanaugh and his friend of raping her repeatedly in the “backseat of a car.”
Grassley and the Committee’s investigators followed up on the letter to the extent of their ability, despite their being no way to track down or even identify the accuser. Because the accusation was even less credible than the ones that made the news, the letter did not receive the kind of attention that allegations from Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnick received. It was not until the Senate Judiciary Committee revealed the full findings of their Kavanaugh investigation last week that we came to understand the full story behind this bizarre letter.
According to Grassley, a woman named Judy Munro-Leighton came forward on October 3rd to claim that she was the author of the letter. In her email to Senate staff, she claimed that she was willing to stand by her accusation but that she was “deathly afraid of revealing any information about myself or my family.” As it turns out, she was probably telling the truth about that part, because when Grassley’s investigators began digging around in Munro-Leighton’s background, they discovered that she was not only decades older than Kavanaugh but that she was a dedicated “left-wing activist” who resides in Kentucky.
Eventually, Munro-Leighton admitted that she was not the original “Jane Doe” from the Harris letter.
“No, no, no,” she said. “I did that as a way to grab attention. I am not Jane Doe, but I did read Jane Doe’s letter. I read the transcript of the call to your Committee. I saw it online. It was news.”
Why did she do it? Munro-Leighton explained her actions by saying: “I was angry, and I sent it out.”
Now Grassley is referring her to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and FBI Director Chris Wray. If Munro-Leighton is found guilty of obstructing justice or making false charges against a federal judge, she could face serious legal consequences.
It’s unclear at this time if Munro-Leighton really is the woman behind the original letter or if there is another, real “Jane Doe” who continues to stand by her story of backseat rape. Something tells us, though, given the way these accusers have crumbled in credibility one after the other, that it doesn’t really matter one way or the other. There are more than enough liars to go around.