Sen. Feinstein Defends Handling of Kavanaugh Allegations: ‘Critical’ to Protect Victim’s Identity

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 16, 2018

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has denied an allegation of sexual misconduct from when he was in high school, seeking to defuse a potential threat to his confirmation as a handful of key senators remained silent on whether they would vote for him.

A woman is accusing Kavanaugh of assaulting her when they were high schoolers in the early 1980s, and she relayed the claim in a letter to Democratic Sen.

Kavanaugh "categorically and unequivocally" denied the allegation, which came just before his confirmation to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy and grant conservatives a majority on the court.

Maher wasn't the only media figure to express skepticism surrounding the accusation.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have pressed for the release of documents from Kavanaugh's work as a staff secretary for former President George W. Bush and more than 100,000 pages of documents that the Trump administration asked to withhold.

"The American people deserve to know who Judge Kavanaugh is, but Republicans are trying to rush through this nomination while concealing critical parts of the nominee's record", he added in another tweet.

On Thursday, Feinstein said she had received "information" regarding Kavanaugh and has passed it on to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Feinstein has not shared details about the letter beyond her statement Thursday, and before this week, no other senators on the Judiciary Committee had been permitted to see it, according to reports.

But Kavanaugh is not the only one feeling political heat.

Anita Hill, a Brandeis University professor who is famous for testifying during Justice Clarence Thomas' confirmation hearings that he had sexually harassed her, put out a statement Friday calling for an investigation into the Kavanaugh matter. In addition, Sen. Feinstein has had the information for months and never mentioned it to other members of the Judiciary Committee or questioned Kavanaugh directly about it. Dianne Feinstein since July, but it only recently surfaced.

The FBI confirmed it had received the information "on the night of September 12".

"All I know is what I read in some two or three sentences in some report that came out overnight, and since I don't know anything more about it then what I read, that's all I can say at this point", Grassley said.

"Throughout his confirmation process, Judge Kavanaugh has had 65 meetings with senators-including with Senator Feinstein-sat through over 30 hours of testimony, addressed over 2,000 questions in a public setting and additional questions in a confidential session".

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