Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein has gone further than many of her colleagues in objecting Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Feinstein went so far as to send a letter to federal investigators, including allegations of sexual misconduct between the nominee and one of his fellow high school classmates, while they were in high school.
Kavanaugh sat before the Senate Judicial Committee, of which Feinstein is a member, for days of questioning last week. He also submitted hundreds of thousands of documents before the hearing, and several hundred pages of answers to questions from senators, in addition to his televised testimony before the committee, the New York Times reported.
Feinstein’s allegations are founded in a letter that is supposedly from an individual who wishes to remain anonymous but has leveled allegations against the 53-year-old judge.
“I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” Feinstein said in a statement.
“That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities.”
The White House responded quickly to that accusation with a theory of their own about why this letter anonymous letter is now being circulated.
“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. Not until the eve of his confirmation has Senator Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new ‘information’ about him,” said White House spokeswoman Kerri Kupec.
She added, “Senator Schumer promised to ‘oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have,’ and it appears he is delivering with this 11th-hour attempt to delay his confirmation.”
Feinstein did not share the letter with committee chairman Senator Charles Grassley, who is a Republican, and a spokesperson for Grassley assured the New York Times that this Grassley didn’t plan to let this letter push back the confirmation timeline.
“Senator Grassley is aware of Senator Feinstein’s referral,” said George Hartmann, a spokesman for Mr. Grassley. “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.”
The New York Post reported that Kavanaugh attended Georgetown Preparatory School and an all-boys Jesuit high school in Maryland and that it’s unclear where the reportedly female letter writer would have attended with Kavanaugh.
Despite Democrats’ numerous concerns over Kavanaugh’s appointment, Republicans are moving forward.
Senator John Cornyn seemed to sum up Republican sentiment when he tweeted, “Let me get this straight: this is statement about secret letter regarding a secret matter and an unidentified person. Right.”
Let me get this straight: this is statement about secret letter regarding a secret matter and an unidentified person. Right. https://t.co/G6qVWdITbo
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) September 13, 2018