On Thursday, The Hill and others reported that Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., sent a super-secret letter with information she received from another Democrat who reportedly got the information from another person that allegedly involves something about Judge Brett Kavanaugh from the 1980’s — when the judge was in high school — to the FBI for further investigation.
“I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further,” Feinstein said.
“I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities,” she added, which the Hill said was the FBI.
According to The Hill:
A source familiar with the matter confirmed to The Hill that the letter had been referred to the FBI for investigation.
Democrats on Thursday began to publicly acknowledge the existence of the letter that had previously been rumored on Capitol Hill.
But lawmakers are tightlipped about the contents of the letter and have not publicly disclosed what it says or what it is about, beyond being broadly related to Kavanaugh.
Over the past two days Feinstein has declined to answer questions from reporters on Capitol Hill about the letter, which was reportedly first given to Calif. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D).
The Hill further stated:
Sources told The Intercept that the letter was relayed to lawmakers by an individual affiliated with Stanford University. Some sources told the publication that it was about an incident involving Kavanaugh and a woman while they were in high school.
Attorney Debra Katz is believed to be representing the woman who is the subject of the letter, though she did not confirm that to The Intercept. She also declined to confirm to BuzzFeed News that she is representing the woman, and did not comment further.
Is this yet another smear job, similar to the one hatched against Clarence Thomas? It sure looks that way to quite a few people.
So there’s a super secret letter, not shared w/ R’s, that cannot be commented on by the people confirming its existence — & could involve an alleged incident (no details) that might or might not have occurred in the early 80s, when Kavanaugh was in high school. Seems legit. 👌
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) September 13, 2018
Feinstein's secret letter reminds me of Harry Reid's secret Mitt-never-paid-taxes source.
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) September 13, 2018
So the Dianne Feinstein letter is reportedly a fourth-hand telling of a story that dates back to when Kavanaugh was in high school. If this is the new Senate standard, how many people have we disqualified from public service? https://t.co/Y427fCV4ps pic.twitter.com/BcweuQNsaU
— David Martosko (@dmartosko) September 13, 2018
Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, the chairman of the committee,has not seen the letter, and has scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination for September 20.
“Senator Grassley is aware of Senator Feinstein’s referral. 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,” said a spokesperson for Grassley.
Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said he has not seen the letter and told CNN that “it smacks of desperation to me.”
The White House has also dismissed the letter as an act of desperation by Democrats.
“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,” said White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec.
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