Democrats Refer Kavanaugh Allegations To FBI, Deepening Divide Over His Nomination

Democrats Refer Kavanaugh Allegations To FBI, Deepening Divide Over His Nomination

"This has all the indicators of an 11th-hour character assassination and a desperate attempt to delay and defeat the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, who has a sterling reputation in his community, his profession, his church and among hundreds of friends, colleagues and co-workers", she said in a statement.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a statement Thursday afternoon disclosing that she had referred "a matter" involving Kavanaugh to "federal investigative authorities". She said the person "strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision".

Kavanaugh wrote that he assumed the man who approached him, introduced himself, "and touched my arm" during a break at the Senate Judiciary Committee proceedings had been one of the many protesters in the hearing room.

The information Feinstein refers to in her statement reportedly came from a letter sent to Democratic representative Anna Eshoo of California.

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The FBI has not responded to ABC News' request for comment.

At the committee Thursday, Republicans brushed aside a flurry of Democratic attempts to delay the consideration of Kavanaugh or subpoena more documents about his past work, sticking with a schedule that could see him confirmed by October 1.

Democratic senators leaving the Wednesday night meeting of the Judiciary Committee declined to comment, but people familiar with the matter said Feinstein is the only senator who has seen the letter. "It's unnecessary and dilatory, especially when many have already chose to vote against Judge Kavanaugh", Grassley said in a statement.

In party-line votes, the committee's Republicans rejected motions by Democratic senators seeking access to more documents relating to Kavanaugh's service in the White House under Republican President George W. Bush more than a decade ago. Katz is a Washington attorney whose firm's website says she specializes in employment discrimination, sexual harassment, and whistleblower-related cases. "Despite the endless complaints from critics, the Committee has received more material regarding Judge Kavanaugh's nomination than any nominee in history - by a wide margin", said White House Spokesman Raj Shah.

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Separately, the Judiciary Committee on Thursday delayed its vote on Kavanaugh's nomination until next week, with final votes by the full Senate expected at the end of the month. "Feinstein or anyone raised the spectre of new "information" about him", said spokeswoman Kerri Kupec.

Kavanaugh also sidestepped another chance to make a comment about Trump's rhetoric about the courts. Sen.

The panel will vote next week on whether to recommend Kavanaugh for confirmation.

Kavanaugh's security detail ushered him out in a "split second", according to the judge's response to a written question from Grassley.

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