It’s not a good day to be a Democrat. In an eleventh-hour attempt to derail the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) accused the judge of sexual misconduct on Thursday. However, her final effort to stop the judge was just shut down by the FBI, leaving Democrats everywhere devastated.
In a last-ditch effort to stop President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court pick from being confirmed, Sen. Diane Feinstein released a surprising statement on Thursday accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct back in high school. “I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” said Feinstein. “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.”
Despite Feinstein’s theatrics, however, the FBI is declining to investigate the matter, meaning they do not see any merit to the allegations. And, to add insult to injury for the Democrats, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said this little incident will not delay the confirmation process for Kavanaugh.
Despite the turmoil over the letter, a spokesperson for Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said there is no plan to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Grassley set the panel’s vote on Kavanaugh for Sept. 20 and Republicans hope to confirm Kavanaugh by the start of the new court session Oct. 1.
“Sen. Grassley is aware of Senator Feinstein’s referral,” Grassley’s communications director Taylor Foy said in a statement. “At this time, he has not seen the letter in question, and is respecting the request for confidentiality. There’s no plan to change the committee’s consideration of Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination.” [Source: Fox News]
Senator Feinstein has had this information since July. And in that time, Kavanaugh has participated in 65 different meetings with senators, including Feinstein. At no time during those private meetings, however, did Feinstein bring up the alleged misconduct. Nor did she address it during the judge’s Senate confirmation hearing last week, when he sat through more than thirty hours of testimony.
Furthermore, Kavanaugh already passed the FBI’s rigorous background check. If there was something nefarious to be found in his past, it would have already come out.
However, we shouldn’t really be surprised by Feinstein’s dirty games at this point. For months now, we have watched the Democrats trot out every absurd strategy and ridiculous tactic they could think of in order to stop Trump’s nominee from making it to the Supreme Court. This is nothing new.
Having failed to stop Kavanaugh, and with time running out, Feinstein released her damaging statement on the eve of his confirmation, even though she had had the information for months and had had more opportunities than we can count to confront him with it. There is simply no good reason for her to have sat on it for that long, especially after having had so many encounters with Kavanaugh when it could have been addressed.
Either Feinstein knew from the beginning that the allegations were bogus, and thus, did not want to risk her reputation by making them public sooner, or she intentionally saved the information as a last minute hail mary in the event that the Democrats could not stop Kavanaugh by other means. Either way, it doesn’t lend any credibility to the anonymous and unsubstantiated claim against Kavanaugh’s character.
Just like the majority of Americans who rolled their eyes when Feinstein released her statement on Thursday, the FBI saw right through the lies. This was an act of desperation by the Democrats to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation, just like they did to Clarence Thomas in 1991. It’s a dirty old trick. It didn’t work then, and it will not work now.