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Democrats send federal investigators ‘information’ on Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Democrats send federal investigators ‘information’ on Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh

Senate Democrats also say Kavanaugh was not truthful to the committee when he said he wasn't aware he had received documents obtained by Republican staffers on a server they shared with Democrats during the Bush judicial nomination fights.

Democrats on Thursday alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to decades-old sexual misconduct allegations against President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, according to reports and a person familiar with the matter. "That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision".

Feinstein's statement that she has "referred the matter to federal investigative authorities" jolted Capitol Hill and threatens to disrupt what has been a steady path toward confirmation for Kavanaugh by Republicans eager to see the conservative judge on the court.

The letter was reportedly given to Feinstein by Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., but has not been publicly disclosed by senators who have seen the document. Sen. The Justice Department declined to comment, and Kavanaugh did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Cory Booker, D-N.J., for releasing confidential documents during Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings last week. "It's unnecessary and dilatory, especially when many have already chose to vote against Judge Kavanaugh", Grassley said in a statement. Despite those commitments, the letter said one member of the committee has released more than 40 documents without consent, referring to Booker.

White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement, "Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen".

The woman referenced in the letter has yet to be identified, but is being represented by Debra Katz, a whistleblower attorney who works with #MeToo survivors, according to The Intercept.

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

Right now it's too early to make any solid assumptions, but this appears as though it could be yet another bump in the road for one of the more controversial Supreme Court Nominees in recent history.

The White House questioned the timing of Feinstein's move, calling it an "11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation".

The Republican-led committee agreed to vote on the nomination on September 20, with a final Senate confirmation vote likely by the end of the month. They rejected Feinstein's motion and several others, including motions to subpoena documents and witnesses and a motion to adjourn.

Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley of Iowa said there was precedent for invoking executive privilege, that President Reagan invoked it on the nomination of Justice William Rehnquist to be chief justice.