As the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh steam on, the opposition may have just found the dynamite needed to derail it. Democrats have called in the FBI over long-standing sexual misconduct allegations against the Trump nominee.
Lead by Sen. Diane Feinstein, members of the Senate judiciary committee alerted the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the decades-old allegations. According to reports, the charges date from a woman who accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault while attending Georgetown Preparatory School. Said woman has also reportedly enlisted the counsel of Deborah Katz, a lawyer renown for prosecuting rapists and who has represented high-profile women as part of the #MeToo movement. The law does not specify a statute of limitations for sexual felonies.
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Kerri Kupec, a spokeswoman for the White House, did not deny the charges against Kavanaugh. Rather, she blamed democrats for forestalling the confirmation vote. A spokesman for Republican Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley said “At this time, [Grassley] 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.”
Republicans hope to hold a full vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation by Sept. 20. Confirming 53-year-old Kavanaugh to the high court would likely result in a major shift to the right which would last for years to come.