US Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh ‘accused of sexual misconduct’

Clark Diaz
September 14, 2018

"I don't understand the rush to judgment", said Feinstein, observing that when President Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, "99 percent" of the documents "from her White House years" were turned over to the Judiciary Committee, compared to 7 percent of the Kavanaugh documents.

Dianne Feinstein has referred a confidential document that contains information on the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the senator announced Thursday. "That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further", Feinstein explained.

Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee still had a lot of questions for Kavanaugh after last week's confirmation hearing - they asked more than 1,200 written follow-up queries. A source with knowledge of the situation confirms the Intercept's reporting that this material initially came to Feinstein's attention through California Democrat, Rep. Anna Eshoo's office, which had received the information from someone at Stanford University.

The New York Times cited confidential sources claiming the matter involves sexual misconduct when Kavanaugh was in high school.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told reporters that he is aware of the situation, but declined to comment until he saw the letter itself.

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Republicans have rejected an effort to subpoena documents on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's job as staff secretary in the George W. Bush White House. Republicans hope to confirm him to the court by October 1.

Questions about the letter boiled over on Wednesday after The Intercept published a report saying Feinstein had refused to share the content of the letter with other members on the committee.

President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh, a longtime Washington, D.C., Circuit Court of Appeals judge, to replace retiring Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. He says the documents about Kavanaugh's work "raise more serious and concerning questions" about his honesty during his testimony before the committee.

"Not until the eve of his confirmation has Senator Feinstein or anyone raised the spectre of new "information" about him".

The questions, mostly from Democrats, deal with abortion, executive power and personal finances - including how much he spends on tickets to see Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals.

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Both senators serve on the Judiciary Committee, which is considering Kavanaugh's nomination.

Numerous protesters had interrupted the hearings and Kavanaugh said he didn't know who Guttenberg was as he approached him.

The Supreme Court nominee was responding to questions from committee Democrats, who submitted them in writing for the record after his hearing concluded last Friday.

Bottom line: some interesting tidbits for SCOTUS nerds & #appellatetwitter types, but nothing that should create problems for Judge Kavanaugh's nomination.

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