White House cries foul after Feinstein hints at new Kavanaugh information

White House cries foul after Feinstein hints at new Kavanaugh information

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Judge Brett Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee to become an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian)
Judge Brett Kavanaugh at his confirmation hearing earlier this month before the Senate Judiciary Committee to become an associate justice of the Supreme Court, (Photo ©2018 Doug Christian/TMN)

WASHINGTON —The White House is accusing Senate Democrats of attempting to delay Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation after Sen. Dianne Feinstein released a cryptic statement referencing private information on the Supreme Court nominee.

“Throughout his confirmation process, Judge Kavanaugh has had 65 meetings with senators—including with Senator Feinstein—sat through over 30 hours of testimony, addressed over 2,000 questions in a public setting and additional questions in a confidential session,” White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said Thursday in a statement. “Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new ‘information’ about him.”

Kupec went on to suggest that this was an effort from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to fulfill his pledge to “‘oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have.”

“It appears he is delivering with this 11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation,” Kupec said.

Earlier Thursday, Feinstein released a statement claiming that she had 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,” Feinstein said. “I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee was initially scheduled to hold a vote on Kavanaugh on Thursday, setting the stage for a floor vote, but ultimately decided Thursday to delay it until next week.

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