Sen. Feinstein Defends Handling of Kavanaugh Allegations: ‘Critical’ to Protect Victim’s Identity

Blanche Robertson
September 16, 2018

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.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, land Sen. After a few minutes of debate, the committee voted along party lines, 11-10, to set the committee's vote for September 20 at 1:45 p.m. In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect. "But a process of verification is also necessary", Hatch said.

Anita Hill, a Brandeis University professor who is famous for testifying during Justice Clarence Thomas' confirmation hearings that he had sexually harassed her, put out a statement Friday calling for an investigation into the Kavanaugh matter.

Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, a moderate who is undecided on Kavanaugh's nomination and a key vote in the narrowly divided Senate, held an hour-long phone call with the nominee on Friday. GOP sources told Politico they expect the final confirmation vote this month unless swing-state Republican Sens.

The Senate Judiciary Committee pushed a vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court until next week, and made a decision to vote on his nomination for September 20 at 1:45 p.m.

She struggled with them and escaped, the account said. Judge Kavanaugh submitted a questionnaire of over 17,000 pages, participated in two full days of public Senate hearings as well as a private session to discuss his background, and then he answered an additional 1,200 follow-up questions.

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A spokeswoman for Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., declined to confirm reports that the congresswoman had forwarded a letter containing the allegations to Feinstein.

The FBI confirmed that it received the information Wednesday evening and included it in Kavanaugh's background file, which is maintained as part of his nomination.

Shortly after Feinstein's statement was released, White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec criticized the timing.

"The Senate Judiciary Committee should put in place a process that enables anyone with a complaint of this nature to be heard". "I have seen firsthand what happens when such a process is weaponized against an accuser, and no one should have to endure that again".

"The reluctance of someone to come forward demonstrates that even in the #MeToo era, it remains incredibly hard to report harassment, abuse or assault by people in power", she said.

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