And it is not good news for Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
The White House is accusing Senate Democrats of an unfounded “11th hour attempt to delay” a vote on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, released a statement Thursday afternoon disclosing that she had referred “a matter” involving Kavanaugh to “federal investigative authorities.”
Democratic sources said the “matter” involved allegations against Kavanaugh made by a California woman about conduct that allegedly occurred in high school.
Feinstein said the individual “strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision.”
Feinstein had initially planned to keep the matter private, Democratic sources said, and did not disclose the allegations to other Democratic senators, but when word of the allegations began to leak out, she decided to turn the matter over to the FBI.
Sources added that Democrats feared that doing nothing would open them up to accusations of a cover-up.
What this “matter” pertains to is still a little mysterious, however, The Intercept managed to piece together a few clues:
The woman who is the subject of the letter is now being represented by Debra Katz, a whistleblower attorney who works with #MeToo survivors. Joseph Abboud, an attorney at Katz’s firm, said that the firm was declining to comment. Emma Crisci, a spokesperson for Eshoo, declined to comment on the letter her office sent to Feinstein, saying that the office has a confidentiality policy when it comes to constituent casework. A spokesperson for Feinstein did not respond to requests for comment.
That makes it sound as if this is sexual in nature.
However, considering what lumbering dumbasses most guys were in high school this must be something that rises above the typical cat calling and bra strap popping.
That to me suggest as sexual assault of some kind.
Update: Yep it was attempted rape.
Courtesy of The New Yorker:
The allegation dates back to the early nineteen-eighties, when Kavanaugh was a high-school student at Georgetown Preparatory School, in Bethesda, Maryland, and the woman attended a nearby high school. In the letter, the woman alleged that, during an encounter at a party, Kavanaugh held her down, and that he attempted to force himself on her. She claimed in the letter that Kavanaugh and a classmate of his, both of whom had been drinking, turned up music that was playing in the room to conceal the sound of her protests, and that Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand. She was able to free herself. Although the alleged incident took place decades ago and the three individuals involved were minors, the woman said that the memory had been a source of ongoing distress for her, and that she had sought psychological treatment as a result.
In a statement, Kavanaugh said, “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”
Kavanaugh’s classmate said of the woman’s allegation, “I have no recollection of that.”
Yeah, like I said, being a pig in high school is one thing, but attempted rape is quite another.