Feinstein says she referred letter concerning Kavanaugh to federal investigators

Feinstein says she referred letter concerning Kavanaugh to federal investigators

The Senate Judiciary Committee delayed its vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh until next week, as the deeply bitter fight over his confirmation intensified and a handful of moderate senators continued to deliberate privately over whether to support him. It delivered a letter Wednesday to the Senate Ethics Committee that asserts the New Jersey Democrat violated Senate rules against disclosing confidential documents and could face Senate expulsion.

Senate Democrats also say Kavanaugh was not truthful to the committee when he said he wasn't aware he had received documents obtained by Republican staffers on a server they shared with Democrats during the Bush judicial nomination fights.

Feinstein's statement that she has "referred the matter to federal investigative authorities" jolted Capitol Hill and threatens to disrupt what has been a steady path toward confirmation for Kavanaugh by Republicans eager to see the conservative judge on the court.

Two officials briefed on the letter's contents told the New York Times the allegations relate to possible sexual misconduct between Kavanaugh and an unidentified woman when they were both in high school.

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Debra Katz, a Washington, D.C. lawyer best known for representing women who make '#MeToo'-style accusations against powerful men, is reportedly representing the unnamed woman. The White House blasted the ambiguous charge as a last minute gambit.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Kavanaugh on the allegation. But, she said, "Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. She claimed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was launching an '11th hour attempt to delay" the confirmation.

"The letter took a circuitous route to Feinstein", noted Grim, who reported that the document was "relayed to someone affiliated with Stanford University, who authored the letter and sent it to Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat who represents the area". Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinLeft risks backlash in Kavanaugh fight Chuck Grassley is the point man in our judiciary remake Durbin accuses Kavanaugh of misleading senators in 2006 hearing MORE (D-Calif.) said on Thursday. He says the documents about Kavanaugh's work "raise more serious and concerning questions" about his honesty during his testimony before the committee.

Cruz referenced bribery after a CrowdPAC campaign raised more than $1 million and pledged to give it to Collins' Democratic opponent in 2020 if she voted for the Supreme Court nominee. At this time, he has not seen the letter in question, and is respecting the request for confidentiality. "There's no plan to change the committee's consideration of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination". Susan Collins, R-Me., if Collins votes for Kavanaugh's confirmation "could be backfiring".

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