Feinstein's 'Information' on Kavanaugh Creates a Stir

She says she's alerted federal investigative authorities about ... something
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 13, 2018 3:00 PM CDT
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, left, accompanied by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking member, center, speaks with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., right, during a Senate Judiciary Committee markup meeting on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she's notified federal investigators about information she received concerning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the AP reports. The California Democrat says in a statement that she "received information from an individual concerning the nomination." Feinstein isn't saying who that person is or describing the information in any way. She says the person "strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision."

Feinstein—the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, which just finished confirmation hearings for Kavanagh—says she has "referred the matter to federal investigative authorities." Another committee Democrat, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, says the matter has been referred to the FBI. Fox News refers to the whole thing as "cryptic." Confirmed details are scarce, but the Intercept says the information Feinstein is referring to came to her via a letter that was first sent to US Rep. Anna Eshoo from someone affiliated with Stanford University. (On Wednesday night, Sen. Cory Booker released confidential documents relating to Kavanaugh.)

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