Top Democrat refers confidential 'information' about Kavanaugh to Federal Bureau of Investigation

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee brushed aside a flurry of Democratic attempts to delay the consideration of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday, sticking with a schedule that could see him confirmed by October 1.

Feinstein (D-Calif.) informed her fellow committee Democrats about the letter Wednesday evening, the sources said.

Feinstein (D-Calif.) acknowledged in a statement that an individual who "strongly requested confidentiality" flagged information about Kavanaugh that she found concerning enough to contact federal authorities.

She hasn't said what the information is, but reports swirled on the margins of Congress that it concerns a woman whom Kavanaugh knew in high school, decades ago. However, BuzzFeed News also reports that a lawyer believed to be representing the woman - acclaimed #MeToo attorney Debra Katz - was spotted leaving Capitol Hill on Wednesday shortly after the Intercept broke news of the letter.

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. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, for instance, noted that the White House has invoked an unspecified constitutional privilege on 100,000 documents from Kavanaugh's two-plus years as associate White House counsel.

Pressed by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., if he had asked police to intervene, Kavanaugh wrote, "No".

She complained Thursday during a committee meeting that Republicans were rushing engaged in a "rush to judgement" as they moved to close the file on Kavanaugh before its full contents could be examined. "Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen".

The letter which Feinstein turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was passed along to her by Calif. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D), and both members of Congress are remaining tight lipped about what it contains.

Feinstein is a liberal California Democrat who has called on her colleagues to slow down the march toward confirming President Donald Trump's pick to succeed Justice anthony Kennedy.

One example that surfaced during the hearings and through newly-released records last week was Kavanaugh's involvement in the confirmation of Judge William Pryor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

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

The flood of new documents comes as the Judiciary Committee is set to meet Thursday to consider Kavanaugh's confirmation, a vote that is expected to take place later this month.

Kavanaugh's security detail ushered him out in a "split second", according to the judge's response to a written question from Grassley. With no sign yet of any Republicans planning to vote against Kavanaugh, he seems poised to win confirmation despite Democratic opposition.

  • Valerie Cook