Brett Kavanaugh letter’s contents are revealed
By Bob Fredericks September 14, 2018
The woman who wrote a letter to lawmakers accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct claimed he held her down and tried to force himself on her during an alcohol-fueled high school party in the ’80s, according to a New Yorker article published on Friday.
Kavanaugh was a student at the Jesuit-run Georgetown Preparatory School in Bethesda, Maryland, and met the woman, who attended a nearby high school, at the party, according to the report, authored by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer.
The woman wrote that Kavanaugh held her down and tried to force himself on her after he and a pal, who both had been drinking, turned up the volume on music that was playing to drown out her protests, the magazine reported.
Kavanaugh, she said, also covered her mouth with his hand, but she was eventually able to get free and flee.
Even though the alleged incident took place decades ago, the woman said that the memory was so troubling, she had to seek psychological treatment.
The woman, who did not want to be identified, first approached California Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo in July not long after President Trump nominated Kavanaugh to fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Eshoo turned it over to California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, who said Thursday she had handed it over to the Justice Department.
Kavanaugh, 53, denied that the incident ever happened.
“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” he said in a statement.
Kavanaugh’s buddy from the party said he had “no recollection of that,” according to the magazine.
Since he was nominated and was in the headlines, the woman told friends that the development had revived the painful memories of the incident and that she was struggling over whether to go public….
Dianne Feinstein Refers a Kavanaugh Matter to Federal Investigators
By Nicholas Fandos and Catie Edmondson
Sept. 13, 2018
WASHINGTON — The senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee referred information involving Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, to federal investigators on Thursday, but the senator declined to make public what the matter involved.
Two officials familiar with the matter say the incident involved possible sexual misconduct between Judge Kavanaugh and a woman when they were both in high school. They spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to discuss the matter.
The statement by Senator Dianne Feinstein of California came a week before the Judiciary Committee is to vote on his nomination. “I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” Ms. Feinstein said in a statement. “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.” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/13/us/politics/brett-kavanaugh-dianne-feinstein.html
Secret letter accuses Brett Kavanaugh of decades-old sexual misconduct
By Bob Fredericks
September 13, 2018
Democrat Sen. Diane Feinstein at the last minute sent a letter to the Justice Department describing allegations of sexual misconduct involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and a woman — when they were both high school students.
Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the information came from a woman who wanted to remain anonymous, and declined to detail the letter’s contents — even to her annoyed fellow Dems.
But according to a pair of vague reports in The New York Times and The Intercept that cited multiple sources, the letter includes the allegations against the 53-year-old Trump nominee.
“I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” Feinstein said in a statement.
“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.”
The FBI said it was not investigating the judge over the letter, CNN reported Thursday night.
The information came in a letter that was first sent to the office of California Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo, who passed it along to Feinstein during the summer. It was unclear why she waited until now to pass it along to the feds.
The woman making the claims is being represented by Debra Katz, a lawyer who works with #MeToo survivors, The Intercept reported.