Brett Kavanaugh accused of sexual misconduct in secret letter

Senate Holds Confirmation Hearing For Brett Kavanaugh To Be Supreme Court Justice

Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) received a letter that purportedly details an "incident" involving Trump Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh and "a woman while they were in high school", Feinstein announced in a statement on Thursday that she has referred the secret document to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honoured that decision".

The Times story says Feinstein was made aware of this information during the summer, which raises the question of why she waited until Wednesday to share it with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

According to a report by The Intercept, the letter was relayed to lawmakers by an individual affiliated with Stanford University and concerns an incident involving the 53-year-old Kavanaugh and a woman while they were in high school.

Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said he has no plans to delay the vote.

White House spokeswoman Kerri Kupec did not outright deny the allegations against Kavanaugh but criticised Democrats for introducing them so late in the game.

Supporters of Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court blasted an "11th-hour stunt" by Sen.

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Feinstein (D-Calif.) informed her fellow committee Democrats about the letter Wednesday evening, the sources said. "At The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro highlight some of Kavanaugh's answers to more than a thousand written questions posed by senators ... in the wake of [Kavanaugh's] confirmation hearing last week".

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh, a longtime Washington, D.C., Circuit Court of Appeals judge, to replace retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. It was one of several hot-button topics on which he declined to comment because he said he did not want to compromise his judicial independence on a case that could come before him in court.

"Not until the eve of his confirmation has Senator Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new "information" about him", Kupec added, per the Times.

"All I know is what I read, and I wouldn't make any judgment of it until I get more information", Grassley told reporters outside a Senate judiciary committee hearing concerning Kavanaugh's nomination.

The conservative watchdog group is claiming he broke Senate rules by releasing confidential documents regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Booker said the documents about Kavanaugh's work "raise more serious and concerning questions" about his honesty during his testimony before the committee.

'What in Judge Kavanaugh's records are Republicans hiding?' Feinstein exclaimed. "Despite the endless complaints from critics, the Committee has received more material regarding Judge Kavanaugh's nomination than any nominee in history - by a wide margin", said White House Spokesman Raj Shah.

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