Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Cal.) may have overplayed her hand when it comes to the senate confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. The FBI is declining to investigate Kavanaugh’s connection to Feinstein’s cloaked claim that she had troubling “information” concerning the judge’s alleged sexual misconduct while he was in high school.
The liberal Democratic senator from California said on Thursday that she had referred her information to federal investigators just a week before the U.S. Senate is scheduled to begin a series of votes on his nomination.
Feinstein has called on her colleagues to slow down the march toward confirming Kavanaugh as President Trump’s pick to succeed Justice Anthony Kennedy. Republicans are pushing to confirm him to the Supreme Court by Oct. 1, when its next term begins.
According to The Washington Post, the FBI simply handed Feinstein’s “information” to the White House instead of beginning an investigation and considered it an update to his background check file.
“Upon receipt of the information on the night of September 12, we included it as part of Judge Kavanaugh’s background file, as per the standard process,” an FBI official told the Post.
The New York Times reported on Thursday that Senator Feinstein received a letter about the mysterious allegations against Kavanaugh “this summer.” That indicates that she held on to the information to have even more dramatic effect against Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
Apparently, Debra Katz, a Washington D.C. lawyer known for representing women who make “#MeToo” accusations against powerful men, is representing the unnamed woman. Katz was seen leaving Capitol Hill on Wednesday night.
Fellow committee Republican John Cornyn of Texas reacted to Feinstein’s dramatic move:
“Let me get this straight: this is statement about secret letter regarding a secret matter and an unidentified person. Right,” Cornyn tweeted.
In a second tweet, he added that “the FBI already performed and has reported on a background investigation on the nominee and this has been made available to all Senators on the Judiciary Committee.”
Credit: Daily Mail