Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein on Thursday said she had forwarded to “federal investigative authorities” a letter that reportedly involves an incident between U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman in California.
Feinstein released a brief statement after The Intercept’s publication Wednesday of a story about the letter.
The statement reads, in full:
“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, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities.”
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The Intercept story describes an alleged incident “involving Kavanaugh and a woman while they were in high school.”
The Intercept reports that the woman who is the subject of the letter is represented by Debra Katz, a prominent attorney in the #MeToo movement.
According to the story, other Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee reviewing Kavanaugh’s nomination have sought a copy of the letter, but Feinstein has declined to provide it.
On Wednesday afternoon, the White House released a statement, through spokesperson Kerri Kupec.
“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 Sen. Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new ‘information’ about him,” Kupec wrote.
Kupec wrote that the FBI “has thoroughly and repeatedly vetted Judge Kavanaugh,” and accused Democratic Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of orchestrating an “11th hour attempt to delay (Kavanaugh’s) confirmation.”