You’ve probably heard of the ‘October surprise,’ the idea that just before the election in November somebody tries to drop damaging information from which a candidate. Well, it looks like Democrats may have been trying to cook up a version of an ‘October surprise’ in September for the confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
From Fox News:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., on Thursday threw a cryptic curveball at Brett Kavanaugh, insinuating the Supreme Court nominee could be guilty of a crime even as Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee seek to delay his confirmation.
The vague accusation comes after the Senate Judiciary Committee already grilled Kavanaugh and other witnesses and prepares to vote on sending his nomination to the full Senate. The White House blasted the ambiguous charge as a last-minute gambit.
“I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” Feinstein said in her surprise 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.”
According to the Daily Wire, Feinstein was told about this information in July but is only dropping it now. She did not raise this during the hearing or during her interview with Kavanaugh, apparently.
Apparently ‘sources’ are suggesting to the New York Times (anonymously, of course) that it pertains to some kind of ‘possible’ sexual misconduct in high school.
This is a despicable move by Democrats.
If a source is unwilling to come forward, they don’t have the courage of their convictions and likely are false. And Feinstein never should have said anything, if she were honorable.
But because the Democrats are so desperate and have no other way to attack Kavanaugh’s confirmation, they pull this?
Here’s the thing. Kavanaugh was nominated months ago. Anyone and everyone has had the opportunity to come forward. They have not. This should not be countenanced.
From Fox News:
The FBI conducts background checks on all major government appointees, including Supreme Court nominees.
“Upon receipt of the information on the night of September 12, we included it as part of Judge Kavanaugh’s background file, as per the standard process,” the FBI said in a statement.
But the FBI is declining to investigate which means they think either there isn’t anything there or they are not the proper investigative body.
And Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said this will not delay the process.
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.”
The White House was furious with the last minute tactic.
“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,” White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement. “Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new ‘information’ about him.”
Just so despicable to try to put a cloud over this nominee when someone isn’t even willing to come forward.