Trump's Court Pick BREAKS SILENCE on Feinstein's Letter — KAVANAUGH SPEAKS

Feinstein explains decision to keep letter making claims against Kavanaugh private

Feinstein explains decision to keep letter making claims against Kavanaugh private

President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, takes notes as the Senate Judiciary Committee members make opening statements during his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on September 4. Dianne Feinstein of California, said in a statement that she notified federal authorities about information she received about Kavanaugh from a source who "strongly requested confidentiality".

Democrats have also accused Kavanaugh of misleading the Senate Judiciary Committee during his committee hearing earlier this month as well as during a hearing more than a decade ago for his confirmation to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

I am calling on Senate Republicans to delay next week's Judiciary Committee vote on the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. A spokesperson added, "we included it as part of Judge Kavanaugh's background file, as per the standard process".

The New Yorker story quotes a classmate of Kavanaugh's saying about the incident in the letter: "I have no recollection of that".

A spokeswoman for Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., declined to confirm reports that the congresswoman had forwarded a letter containing the allegations to Feinstein. Dianne Feinstein of California, who received the note in July and referred it to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday.

The woman accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct has not come forward publicly.

"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". The Senator took these allegations seriously and believed they should be public. It is critical in matters of sexual misconduct to protect the identity of the victim when they wish to remain anonymous, and the senator did so in this case.

The show of support for Kavanaugh was organized by his former law clerks.

Kavanaugh's nomination has divided the Senate, and the new information complicates the process, especially as key Republican senators, including Susan Collins of ME and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, are under enormous pressure from outside groups seeking to sway their votes on grounds that a Justice Kavanaugh might vote to undercut the Roe v. Wade ruling.

The Judiciary Committee, which has finished confirmation hearings for Kavanagh, still plans to vote next Thursday on whether to recommend that he be confirmed by the full Senate, a spokesman said.