(CBS SF) — California Sen. Dianne Feinstein has referred a confidential document that contains information on the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination to the FBI, the senator announced Thursday. “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 announcement by Sen. Feinstein, the top-ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, was followed by a call by Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.) to postpone a Committee vote on the Kavanaugh nomination. Durbin said the referral went to the FBI but also did not say what the information contained.
“No idea what they are going to find,” Durbin told CNN. “I think the FBI is the appropriate agency and that’s where it was referred.”
Durbin also said he does not believe the committee should vote on Kavanaugh “until all the information is before the committee.”
In a statement, White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said Kavanaugh has been “thoroughly and repeatedly vetted” by the FBI for government positions over the past 25 years and accused Democrats of trying to delay the nomination.
“Throughout his confirmation process, Judge Kavanaugh has had 65 meetings with senators — including with Senator Feinstein — sat through over 30 hours of testimony, addressed over 2,000 questions in a public setting and additional questions in a confidential session. Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new ‘information’ about him,” Kupec said.
“Sen. (Chuck) Schumer promised to ‘oppose Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination with everything I have,’ and it appears he is delivering with this 11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation,” she added. (More at link above, including a video of news show on CBS TV)
Apparently the document reveals the name of a woman who is all #MeToo about Kavanaugh. But since the person involved does not want her identity released, she will apparently remain anonymous. We now officially live inside a land of DOJ, FBI surveillance of political opponents running a legit campaign for the Oval Office, redaction of information when documents regarding that surveillance are released, and now anonymous complainants who can upstage the legit confirmation of a man to the Supreme Court.