Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California again demanded Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing to the Supreme Court be delayed, hours after Christine Blasey Ford agreed to testify about her sexual misconduct accusations against Kavanaugh.
“I am writing to request an immediate postponement of any further proceedings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh,” Feinstein said in a statement late Sunday evening.
Feinstein’s letter was in response to a second woman, Deborah Ramirez, who came forward accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct decades ago. The California senator’s demand came hours after Ford agreed to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee following days of negotiations.
“I also ask that the newest allegations of sexual misconduct be referred to the FBI for investigation, and that you join our request for the White House to direct the FBI to investigate the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford as well as these new claims.” (RELATED: Susan Collins Questions The Timing Of Kavanaugh Bombshell)
The FBI already declined to open another investigation.
Feinstein, the committee’s ranking Democrat, was made aware of Ford’s accusations in July, weeks before the Senate Judiciary Committee convened for Kavanaugh’s hearing. She notably withheld information from her Senate colleagues until before the committee was scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. After releasing the information on Sept. 14, Feinstein also called for a delay in the proceedings and a full FBI investigation.
“Thursday’s hearing should be canceled in light of a disturbing new allegation of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh,” Feinstein reiterated in a tweet. “The FBI must investigate ALL allegations.”
Thursday’s hearing should be canceled in light of a disturbing new allegation of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh. The FBI must investigate ALL allegations.
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) September 24, 2018
Senate Democrats have been attempting to delay Kavanaugh’s hearing since before it commenced. During the weekend, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer led a meeting with Democratic Senate Judiciary Committee members to coordinate a strategy for obstructing the confirmation.
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