As bad as the allegation about Kavanaugh is (and one is justified in questioning its veracity under the circumstances), the use of an anonymous document to undermine him is terrible. 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".
The episode has sent tensions between and inside both parties back to the boiling point over a nomination that could reshape the court for decades.
The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination next Thursday, with the full Republican-led Senate looking to consider it later this month. Insurers offer help to hurricane-impacted areas MORE (@SenatorDurbin) September 15, 2018The 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.
Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, a Republican member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said he won't let Kavanaugh's confirmation be stalled by the allegation, which he called "wholly unverifiable".
She struggled with them and escaped, the account said.
"I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court", Feinstein said in her surprise statement.
A spokeswoman for Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., declined to confirm reports that the congresswoman had forwarded a letter containing the allegations to Feinstein. The allegation was not raised at any time during the judge's confirmation hearings.
ABC News has not confirmed the Intercept's reporting.
A White House spokeswoman, Kerri Kupec, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation has vetted Kavanaugh "thoroughly and repeatedly" during his career in government and the judiciary.
Under pressure from other Democratic senators, who had been fighting a pitched battle against Judge Kavanaugh for weeks - largely over access to documents from his years in the George W. Bush White House - Ms. Feinstein called a meeting late Wednesday to share with the lawmakers the letter's contents but not the letter itself. Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen.
"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", Kupec said.
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