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Politics Top Democrat refers confidential information about Kavanaugh to federal authorities

03:50  14 september  2018
03:50  14 september  2018 Source:   nbcnews.com

Booker releases new batches of 'confidential' Kavanaugh documents

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UPDATE: Senate Judiciary Cmte. Democrats met Wednesday night to discuss a vague sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh dating back to his high school days, two sources familiar with the matter told NBC News.

EARLIER: WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., confirmed Thursday that she had referred information about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to "federal investigative authorities."

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"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," said Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination next week.

The information came from Rep. Anna Eschoo, D-Calif., whose office pointed NBC News to a statement released last week that they had "a confidentiality policy regarding constituent casework" that precluded the release of any further details. NBC has not confirmed the nature of the complaint, which was first reported by online publication The Intercept.

Dianne Feinstein Refers a Kavanaugh Matter to Federal Investigators

  Dianne Feinstein Refers a Kavanaugh Matter to Federal Investigators Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced she has referred a matter involving Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to federal investigators.WASHINGTON — The senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee referred information involving Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, to federal investigators on Thursday, but the senator declined to make public what the matter involved.

George Hartmann, a spokesman for Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said Thursday that the senator is aware of Feinstein's referral.

"At this time, he has not seen the letter in question, and is respecting the request for confidentiality," Hartmann said. "There's no plan to change the committee's consideration of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination."

White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said Thursday that Feinstein should have raised the information earlier in the nomination process.

"Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new 'information' about him," Kupec said, accusing Democrats of an "11th hour attempt to delay" Kavanaugh a seat on the high court. "Throughout 25 years of public service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has thoroughly and repeatedly vetted Judge Kavanaugh, dating back to 1993, for some of the most highly sensitive roles."

The controversy comes after a marathon series of hearings for Kavanaugh's nomination last week in which he testified for two days before the Judiciary panel. The committee was originally scheduled to vote on his nomination Thursday morning, though it has now been delayed until next week on Sept. 20.

Democrats will likely investigate Brett Kavanaugh if they win the Senate, Sheldon Whitehouse says .
If Senate Democrats sweep into power in November, they will likely probe the sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to a Democrat in the chamber. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "I am confident of that, and I think we'll also be investigating why the FBI stood down its background investigation when this came up in this particular background," said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Thursday during a interview with CNN.

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