With all prior efforts to delay or derail the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court having failed miserably, Democrats have grown increasingly desperate in their bid to stop him.
The desperation of Democrats has grown so intense that on Thursday, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein pathetically launched an anonymously-sourced, unsubstantiated smear of sexual misconduct against the judge, alleged to have occurred more than 30 years ago.
According to Fox News, Feinstein released a statement which read, “I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities.”
As per The New Yorker, the letter from the unidentified woman alleged that Kavanaugh, when they were both high school students in the early 1980s, had held her down at a party and attempted to force himself on her while his friend played loud music to drown out her protests. When contacted for comment, the unnamed friend reportedly had “no recollection” of the alleged incident.
The woman said she managed to break free and nothing actually happened, and she only shared her account of the alleged incident earlier in the summer when Kavanaugh was first nominated.
Both Fox and The New Yorker shared a statement from Kavanaugh in response to the anonymous allegation, where the judge emphatically declared, “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
At the same time that Feinstein played up the anonymous allegation, the Senate Judiciary Committee received a letter signed by 65 different women who’d known Kavanaugh during his high school years, all of whom vouched for him as a “good person” who “has behaved honorably and treated women with respect.”
Unsurprisingly, the White House lashed out at Feinstein for the last-minute effort to smear Kavanaugh with anonymous claims, and spokesperson Kerri Kupac said in a statement, “Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new ‘information’ about him.”
Interestingly, it has been reported that Feinstein actually received the letter from the unidentified accuser in July, by way of Democrat California Rep. Anna Eschoo, but sat on it and didn’t share it with her fellow Democrats or ask Kavanaugh about it during the recent confirmation hearings.
According to The New Yorker’s account, Feinstein reportedly did so out of concern for the accuser’s privacy and reputation and because she thought Democrat opposition to the nomination of Kavanaugh should remain focused on legal issues, not personal attacks over issues that occurred more than three decades ago … yet the personal attack was launched when the “legal issues” failed to derail the nomination.
Feinstein had met privately with Kavanaugh prior to the confirmation hearings and the committee held closed hearings on Kavanaugh’s nomination along with the public hearings, but it is unclear if the allegations was ever addressed in the private meeting or closed session.
As for the FBI, who Feinstein had urged to look into the matter, they said in a statement that they would not be investigating the matter any further and would merely include the accusatory letter as part of Kavanaugh’s background check package, as per the bureau’s “standard process.”
It appears unlikely that this last-minute bid to further delay, if not entirely destroy, Kavanaugh’s nomination and eventual confirmation will be successful, at least in the view of Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley, who has set Sept. 20 as the date for a committee vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Kavanaugh will likely be passed out of the committee on a party-line vote, upon which his nomination will be voted on by all senators, a vote that Kavanaugh is also expected to pass. It is hoped that Kavanaugh will be confirmed in time to take a seat on the bench as the newest Supreme Court Justice in time for the opening of the next session on Oct. 1.
Sen. Feinstein allegedly sat on this “bombshell” allegation of sexual misconduct for months, only dropping it when all other efforts to block Kavanaugh or render him toxic to moderate Republican senators had failed in ignoble fashion.
She — as well as all the other Democrats and media figures that jumped on this scurrilous accusation without evidence — ought to be ashamed of themselves for this obvious effort to smear Kavanaugh’s reputation … but of course that would require them to have a modicum of shame in the first place, and it increasingly appears they do not.
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