Top Democrat refers confidential 'information' about Kavanaugh to Federal Bureau of Investigation

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The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee said Thursday that she received a letter from a person about Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh and referred it to federal investigators.

A California woman has reportedly sent a letter to Congress about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh that is making waves in Washington. "That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further", Sen. "I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities", Feinstein said in a statement Thursday. However, BuzzFeed News also reports that a lawyer believed to be representing the woman - acclaimed #MeToo attorney Debra Katz - was spotted leaving Capitol Hill on Wednesday shortly after the Intercept broke news of the letter.

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), who chairs the judiciary committee, said Thursday he was aware of the matter, but declined to comment because he had not seen the document in question. "There's no plan to change the committee's consideration of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination", he said.

The 28 new "committee confidential" documents from Booker 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.

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But lawmakers are tightlipped about the contents of the letter and have not publicly disclosed what it says or what it is about, beyond being broadly related to Kavanaugh.

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

Chairman Chuck Grassley set the panel's vote on President Donald Trump's nominee for September 20.

When asked about one of the more contentious moments of his hearing, when he appeared to avoid a handshake with Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie was among the victims killed during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last February, Kavanaugh said he thought Guttenberg was a protester and his security detail subsequently intervened.

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The questions, mostly from Democrats, deal with abortion, executive power and personal finances - including how much he spends on tickets to see Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals. Feinstein says it makes her wonder "what in Judge Kavanaugh's records are Republicans hiding?"

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

Bottom line: some interesting tidbits for SCOTUS nerds & #appellatetwitter types, but nothing that should create problems for Judge Kavanaugh's nomination.

Kavanaugh's nomination was included on the agenda for Thursday's committee meeting, and it was expected the panel's Democratic members would request the nomination be held over for one week.

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