Wednesday, 26 September, 2018

As Senate panel sets vote on Trump court pick, new controversy arises

This senator might vote for Kavanaugh. So activists sent her 3000 coat hangers. Activists raise $900,000 and send COAT HANGERS to pressure Senator in Supreme Court vote
Grady Vargas | 14 September, 2018, 01:01

"This has all the indicators of an 11th-hour character assassination and a desperate attempt to delay and defeat the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, who has a sterling reputation in his community, his profession, his church and among hundreds of friends, colleagues and co-workers", she said in a statement.

Today it was reported that California Senator Dianne Feinstein has turned over a letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, concerning Trump's Supreme Court Nominee. "That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further", Feinstein explained.

The letter was sent by the unidentified woman to Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-California), who in turn handed it over to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California).

Democratic sources said the "matter" involved allegations against Kavanaugh made by a California woman about conduct that allegedly occurred in high school.

The 28 new "committee confidential" documents from Booker are from Kavanaugh's time in the White House counsel's office during the George W. Bush administration and show his involvement in judicial nominations, including for some of the more controversial judges of the era.

Kavanaugh, a conservative federal appeals court judge nominated by Trump to the lifetime position on the high court, made no major missteps in two days of questioning by senators during his confirmation hearing last week. It delivered a letter Wednesday to the Senate Ethics Committee that asserts the New Jersey Democrat violated Senate rules against disclosing confidential documents and could face Senate expulsion. "At The National Law Journal (subscription or registration required), Marcia Coyle and Tony Mauro highlight some of Kavanaugh's answers to more than a thousand written questions posed by senators ... in the wake of [Kavanaugh's] confirmation hearing last week".

Democrats are fighting Kavanaugh's nomination and decrying the process that Republicans used to compile his government records for review. Sen. Despite those commitments, the letter said one member of the committee has released more than 40 documents without consent, referring to Booker. "She claimed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer was launching an '11th hour attempt to delay" the confirmation.

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"Not until the eve of his confirmation has Senator Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new "information" about him", Kupec added, per the Times.

President Donald Trump's nominee for the court is the first with a lengthy email trail.

Separately, the Judiciary Committee on Thursday delayed its vote on Kavanaugh's nomination until next week, with final votes by the full Senate expected at the end of the month.

After a Feinstein motion to subpoena more documents failed on a party-line vote, there were five more party-line votes on various document questions. Sen.

Manchin is one of three moderate Democratic senators who are being furiously pressured by those on both sides of the Kavanaugh nomination.

The White House also weighed in with a statement on Thursday.

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