Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee has called for a postponement of the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination after new sexual assault allegations surfaced.
In a letter provided to PoliticusUSA, Sen. Feinstein wrote Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA):
As allegations of everything from a second sexual assault to participation in gang rapes have surfaced, it is getting more difficult for Republicans to stick to their orignal plan of only hearing from Christine Blasey Ford and then moving forward with Kavanaugh‘s confirmation. Sen. Feinstein is correct. An FBI investigation must be conducted into these allegations before a hearing can be held.
If the White House won’t direct the FBI to reopen the investigation, the Judiciary Committee has to subpoena witnesses. None of this should be controversial. This is the constitutional role of the US Senate when it comes to Supreme Court nominations. An investigation is the minimum that should be done, and until the allegations are investigated, Brett Kavanaugh can’t be confirmed.
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