Allegations of misconduct by Kavanaugh sent to FBI
Nothing like a little last minute drama in the Kavanaugh hearings to spice things up a bit.
Sen. Feinstein received some mysterious information about Kavanaugh--which she sent to the FBI. The FBI then sent the info. to the WH to put in Kavanaugh's file. No one is saying exactly what the info. is--but it must be serious if the FBI is involved.
By the time the week-end is over, we will probably know (all those leaks from the WH), but for now, here is what is available.
" A top Senate Democrat said Thursday that she has referred information concerning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the FBI.
Two sources briefed on the matter said it relates to allegations of misconduct by Kavanaugh while he was in high school. There is no criminal investigation into Kavanaugh as a result of this letter, an FBI official said.
"I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court," Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, 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," she added.
Sources familiar with the matter say the letter Feinstein referred to the FBI had all the names redacted except for Kavanaugh's.
Additionally, the sources say the information wasn't disclosed elsewhere and the reason Feinstein didn't come forward earlier with the information because the woman didn't want to speak about it and didn't want her name public.
A source familiar with the allegations says they stem from a sexual encounter that occurred when Kavanaugh was about 17 years old. Another source familiar with the matter says the information concerns allegations of misconduct against Kavanaugh. Sources caution, however, that few have seen the actual letter Feinstein referred to the FBI. A Democratic source says California Rep. Anna Eshoo had referred a letter about Kavanaugh from one of her constituents to Feinstein.
Multiple sources also said Feinstein received the letter in July, well before she met with the nominee and prior to Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings last week. It is not clear why the information was not relayed to the FBI until Wednesday night.
A source familiar with the process says there is no criminal investigation into Kavanaugh as a result of this letter. It is part of Kavanaugh's background file and it will be up to the White House to determine whether there is any further action to take. The Judiciary Committee received an updated supplement to Kavanaugh's background investigation from the FBI Thursday afternoon, an aide said. Senators on the committee can now request access to that information.
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The White House, in a statement shortly after Feinstein's, said Kavanaugh has been "thoroughly and repeatedly vetted" by the FBI for government positions over the past 25 years and accused Democrats of trying to delay the nomination.
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The issue came to a head Wednesday night, when Democrats on the Judiciary Committee met and discussed the letter for the first time. Feinstein described the allegations in the letter but declined to make it available to colleagues, one source briefed on the matter said. She chose instead to refer it to the FBI, which conducts background checks on federal nominees. " (SOURCE)
I guess the vote on his nomination has been postponed for a week or so, but in the meantime I'm wondering about all the information that has been gathered on Kavanaugh but NOT RELEASED to the public or to the congressional committee conducting the hearings. Have they known about this info. all along and that is why they have been rushing the hearings along and claiming they don't have time to release the rest of the info? Something sneaky going on here---like trying to avoid a Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill confrontation that might throw a monkey wrench into the works?
It will probably all come out drip by drip over the next week.