Kevin Daley, DCNF
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced Thursday that she has forwarded unspecified information relating to Judge Brett Kavanaugh to federal investigators.
Feinstein’s cryptic statement appears to refer to a closely-held letter which supposedly relates information about an unnamed woman in Kavanaugh’s past whose existence The Intercept first revealed Wednesday.
“I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” Feinstein said in a statement. “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.”
Feinstein was not specific as to the particulars of the allegations, the identity of the individual, or the agency to which the matter was referred, though Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin separately told BuzzFeed News that Democrats had alerted the FBI.
A spokesperson for GOP Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, told The Daily Caller News Foundation that Grassley is not familiar with the contents of the letter. The panel will still forward Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate on Sept. 20.
“Senator Grassley is aware of Senator Feinstein’s referral,” the spokesperson said. “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.”
Both The Intercept and BuzzFeed News have reported that Debra Katz of Katz Marshall & Banks represents the person implicated in the matter. Katz specializes in employment discrimination and sexual harassment.
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