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Senate Judiciary Committee delays Kavanaugh vote until next week

14 September 2018

Dianne Feinstein has referred a confidential document that contains information on the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the senator announced Thursday.

Feinstein has not shared details about the letter beyond her statement Thursday, and no other senators on the Judiciary Committee have been permitted to see it, according to reports.

"I don't understand the rush to judgment", said Feinstein, observing that when President Obama nominated Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, "99 percent" of the documents "from her White House years" were turned over to the Judiciary Committee, compared to 7 percent of the Kavanaugh documents. "I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities", Sen. The letter, which is being highly guarded by Feinstein and other Democrats, is said to be related to an incident that took place between Kavanaugh and a woman he went to high school with.

The Intercept reports that woman who is the subject of the letter is represented by Debra Katz, a prominent attorney in the #MeToo movement.

Despite the turmoil over the letter, a spokesperson for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said there is no plan to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation.

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Senate Republicans accused Booker of grandstanding as a potential 2020 White House candidate. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) to postpone a Committee vote on the Kavanaugh nomination.

New documents released ahead of Thursday's hearing included Kavanaugh's 263-page written response to questions from senators, along with dozens of files from the judge's work in the George W. Bush White House that had been available to senators only on a "committee confidential basis". This is normal, but could mean Republicans are still working to get those moderates to agree to vote for Kavanaugh. "She claimed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was launching an '11th hour attempt to delay" the confirmation.

One example that surfaced during the hearings and through newly-released records last week was Kavanaugh's involvement in the confirmation of Judge William Pryor to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit.

The letter comes as Kavanaugh's nomination is moving forward in the Senate despite an intense fight over documents and questions from Democrats about if he misled the Judiciary Committee. At this time, he has not seen the letter in question, and is respecting the request for confidentiality. "Feinstein or anyone raised the spectre of new "information" about him", said spokeswoman Kerri Kupec. Dianne Feinstein of California, sought a subpoena for documents from Kavanaugh's time as Bush's staff secretary.

Manchin is one of three moderate Democratic senators who are being furiously pressured by those on both sides of the Kavanaugh nomination. With no sign yet of any Republicans planning to vote against Kavanaugh, he seems poised to win confirmation despite Democratic opposition.

Senate Judiciary Committee delays Kavanaugh vote until next week