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Feinstein Foiled: FBI Completely Rejects Letter She Hoped Would Bring Kavanaugh Down

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When it came to Senate Judiciary Committee grandstanding, Democrat California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s mysterious claim that she was going to file a letter with the FBI about allegations she’d received about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was somehow upstaged. I know that sounds difficult, but consider the fact that, well, there was Spartacus!

However, if there was actually some hope of taking down Kavanaugh at this late hour, Feinstein’s letter would have made a great deal of sense. After all, if there was something so shadowy and untoward in the nominee’s past that Feinstein was willing to make it public, I mean, surely there must be something to it, right?

Well, I pretty much knew the answer was no because I’ve followed Dianne Feinstein’s career. But perhaps you — #TheResistance-minded you, with that blue wave emoji next to your name on Twitter — really believed this was where Kavanaugh became a Kava-no. (Oft-repeated dad jokes — I’ve got ’em.)

Alas, you probably should have shared my cynicism from the beginning:

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The Washington Post’s Matt Zapotosky reported Thursday afternoon that the FBI wasn’t terribly impressed with whatever was in the referral.

“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,” the FBI said in a statement.

As Zapotosky notes, that’s about as close to putting it in the circular file as you can get.

“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,” Zapotosky wrote.

“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.”

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CNN says the allegation was apparently passed on to Democrat California Rep. Anna Eshoo by a constituent, who then passed it on to Feinstein. Feinstein had the information when she met with Kavanaugh in July but didn’t disclose it then.

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“A source familiar with the allegations says they stem from a sexual encounter that occurred when Kavanaugh was about 17 years old. Another source familiar with the matter says the information concerns allegations of misconduct against Kavanaugh. Sources caution, however, that few have seen the actual letter Feinstein referred to the FBI,” CNN reported.

Of course, given the fact that Feinstein didn’t seem particularly keen in bringing it up back in July or during a point in the process where it actually could have made a difference, she obviously didn’t seem to think too much of it.

She did, however, use it to get every liberal’s hopes up and make some waves during the hearings. Excellent job on that, but the substantive nature of the allegations seems to be every bit as real as a right-thinking person would have thought it was.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
Birthplace
Morristown, New Jersey
Education
Catholic University of America
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
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American Politics, World Politics, Culture




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