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Kavanaugh accused of sexual misconduct by woman affiliated with Stanford University


This could get uncivil:

Senate Democrats have referred information concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the FBI, they said Thursday, and called for the Judiciary Committee to delay a vote.

“I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said in a statement. “That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision,” she said.
“I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities,” she added.
llinois Sen. Dick 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.
The letter is the latest turn in Kavanaugh’s contentious nomination. The Judiciary Committee officially scheduled its vote on the nomination for September 20, and Republicans hope to have the full Senate vote on the nomination later this month.
More details here:
Senators and aides have been chattering about the details of the letter for the last week, including that it was written by a Stanford Law professor and sent to Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), who then forwarded it to Feinstein. A spokesperson for Eshoo said that the office would not comment due to a “confidentiality policy regarding constituent issues.”
Apparently this involved an incident or incidents when Kavanaugh and the woman were both in high school.  Kavanaugh was born in 1965 and attended Georgetown Prep in Bethesda MD, so it won’t take long for internet sleuths to determine the identity of the accuser.
ETA: The reports on the accuser’s institutional affiliation are murky.  It appears she is affiliated with Stanford, but not necessarily the law school.  [Post title edited to reflect] I spoke with Stanford law professor Michelle Landis Dauber, who for various reasons would be the most obvious candidate if the accuser is indeed a SLS professor, and she assured me she knows nothing about any of this.  The accuser’s lawyer, Deborah Katz, declined to comment.
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