Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinTrump authorizes sanctions against foreign governments that interfere in United States elections Durbin accuses Kavanaugh of misleading senators in 2006 hearing This week: Senate set to pass sweeping opioid package MORE (D-Ill.), the No. 2 Senate Democrat and member the Judiciary Committee, told BuzzFeed News that it had "been referred to the FBI for investigation". "I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities". According to The Intercept, the person who sent the letter was relaying information about an incident allegedly involving someone else and Kavanaugh from when the Supreme Court nominee was in high school.
The potentially damning claims, which come as the Senate prepares to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination, were made in a letter obtained by Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein, a Democratic source told the New York Daily News.
Republicans are pushing to confirm Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court by October 1, when its next term begins. Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have requested to view the document, but Feinstein has refused to give her colleagues access.
Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) confirmed this to the outlet. That prompted an uproar from Democrats, who read out loud the committee rule requiring that committee debate on a nomination can not be cut off without a majority vote that includes at least one member of the minority party.
Democrats have said they want to learn more about whether Kavanaugh played a significant role in controversial policy debates in the Bush White House, including those relating to the treatment of detainees held after the September 11, 2001, attacks.
Debra Katz, a Washington, D.C. lawyer best known for representing women who make '#MeToo'-style accusations against powerful men, is reportedly representing the unnamed woman. At this time, he has not seen the letter in question, and is respecting the request for confidentiality.
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White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement, "Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen".
Kavanaugh's explanation for the encounter with Fred Guttenberg- captured in an Associated Press photo that went viral on social media - was among a 263-page response to written questions from senators on a range of issues including abortion, executive power and his personal finances.
Numerous protesters had interrupted the hearings and Kavanaugh said he didn't know who Guttenberg was as he approached him. With no sign yet of any Republicans planning to vote against Kavanaugh, he seems poised to win confirmation despite Democratic opposition.
The 28 new "committee confidential" documents are from Kavanaugh's time in the White House counsel's office during the George W. Bush administration and show his involvement in judicial nominations, including for some of the more controversial judges of the era.
The White House questioned the timing of Feinstein's move, calling it an "11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation". Kavanaugh had indicated in 2006 testimony that he was not substantially involved in the nomination.