Senator Diane Feinstein sent over some “secret” documents to the FBI to be reviewed regarding Brett Kavanaugh, now the contents of those documents have been revealed.
A woman wrote a letter to lawmakers that was then passed onto the FBI by Sen. Feinstein accusing Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct claiming he held her down and tried to force himself on her during an alcohol-fueled high school party in the ’80s, according to a New Yorker article published on Friday.
Kavanaugh at the time was a student at the Jesuit-run Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, and allegedly met the woman, who attended a nearby high school,
The woman claims that Brett Kavanaugh held her down and tried to force himself on her after he and a pal, who both had been drinking at the time, turned up the volume on music that was playing to drown out her protests, according to the report.
She also claims Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand, but she was eventually able to get free and flee.
The woman, who does not want to be identified, first approached California Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo in July not long after President Trump nominated Kavanaugh to fill the seat of Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Eshoo turned it over to California Sen. Diane Feinstein, top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, who said on Thursday she handed it over to the Justice Department.
Kavanaugh has denied that the incident ever happened.
“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” he said in a statement.
Kavanaugh’s friend from the party said he had “no recollection of that,” according to the magazine.
The White House called Feinstein’s move an “11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation.”
Matt Zapotosky of The Washington Post quoted an FBI official on Twitter saying: “Upon receipt of the information on the night of September 12, we included it as part of Judge Kavanaugh’s background file, as per the standard process.”
Zapotosky also reported that the FBI was not opening a criminal investigation into what Brett Kavanaugh may or may not have done as a high school student.
FBI official on the Dianne Feinstein referral about Kavanaugh: “Upon receipt of the information on the night of September 12, we included it as part of Judge Kavanaugh’s background file, as per the standard process.”— Matt Zapotosky (@mattzap) 13 September 2018
Here’s an explanation of what that means. The FBI backgrounds White House employees and nominees, & gives the White House a file on what they’ve found. But the FBI doesn’t decide whether the person gets a job/nomination. The White House does that, w/ the info in the FBI file…— Matt Zapotosky (@mattzap) 13 September 2018
Remember Rob Porter? The FBI backgrounded him, and gave WH a report. Then they got more info, and, Chris Wray has said, “we passed that on as well.” https://t.co/4jzRm0fB7P— Matt Zapotosky (@mattzap) 13 September 2018
Same deal here. The FBI backgrounded Kavanaugh and gave White House a file. Then Feinstein gave them more info, and they passed that on as well…— Matt Zapotosky (@mattzap) 13 September 2018
Importantly, the FBI isn’t doing a criminal investigation based on what Feinstein told them. The broad outline of the allegation, as I understand it, seems like it’d be in state/local authorities wheelhouse, if there even is a crime, and if the statute of limitations hasn’t run.— Matt Zapotosky (@mattzap) 13 September 2018
That’s not to say whatever happened or whatever was alleged isn’t serious and deserving of attention and scrutiny. It’s just to say the FBI has given the White House the info it might need for action. Because the White House, not the FBI, determines who it nominates.— Matt Zapotosky (@mattzap) 13 September 2018
In an article for the Washington Post, reporters Seung Min Kim and Elise Viebeck corroborated Zapotosky, also writing that “the FBI does not now plan to launch a criminal investigation of the matter, which would normally be handled by local authorities, if it was within the statute of limitations.”