As Twitchy reported earlier, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley has submitted a second criminal referral to the FBI after NBC News’ report on Thursday questioned the “veracity of the allegations” submitted in a sworn statement by celebrity lawyer Michael Avenatti.

Hang on … it wasn’t until this Thursday that NBC News ran a piece suggesting one of Avenatti’s witnesses submitted a bogus sworn statement?

NBC News’ Kate Snow interviewed Avenatti’s client, Julie Swetnick, and on Saturday wanted to provide some context to her story.

But you ran the interview anyway because … she was making serious claims? This is like Buzzfeed printing the debunked Trump dossier in full without having verified any of it.

Shocker! Swetnick’s story seemed so solid.

It’s pretty transparent what you were doing.