Senate Republicans on Friday released a letter from 65 women who knew Kavanaugh during his high school years vouching for his character. The letter was circulated by Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
"Every accuser deserves to be heard".
The allegation came just one week before the Senate Judiciary Committee is to vote on his nomination. She didn't say anything in the confirmation hearing, she didn't say anything in our confidential session with Judge Kavanaugh when the senators and the nominee met privately, and now after it's all over she produces the letter. The committee moved to delay the first round of votes on his confirmation for one week.
The White House also weighed in with a statement on Thursday. Hassan said Collins will make her own decision. It had been a previously scheduled follow-up to an initial visit that Kavanaugh made to her office in August. After a few minutes of debate, the committee voted along party lines, 11-10, to set the committee's vote for September 20 at 1:45 p.m.
On Thursday, Senator Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, announced cryptically that she had forwarded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation "information from an individual concerning the nomination".
The FBI confirmed that it received the information Wednesday evening and included it in Kavanaugh's background file, which is maintained as part of his nomination. "You're not going to be able to really test it unless somebody comes forward with more information". The agency said that is its standard process.More news: Cristiano Ronaldo and Paulo Dybala suffer contrasting fortunes
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Shortly after Feinstein's statement was released, White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec criticized the timing.
"Given the seriousness of these allegations, the government needs to find a fair and neutral way for complaints to be investigated", Hill, now a professor at Brandeis University, said in a statement Friday. The spokeswoman said the office has a confidentiality policy regarding casework for constituents.
The allegation against Kavanaugh prompted a public statement from Anita Hill, who famously accused Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his confirmation hearings in 1991. The allegation was not raised at any time during the judge's confirmation hearings.
A separate report in the New York Times said people who described the letter told the publication that the woman "considered the incident an assault".
"Even in the #MeToo era, it remains incredibly hard to report harassment, abuse or assault by people in power", she said.