Sen. DiFi apparently withheld the letter about Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault for weeks/months before turning it over to the FBI. It became a topic on the Sunday Talkies:
JOHN DICKERSON: “Senator when you get back to Washington you got a vote on Tuesday and the Judiciary Committee which you sit on. There’s been some information about sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh the president’s nominee. Have you looked at the letter that is now a part of his file? … Have you looked at that?”
SEN. THOM TILLIS: “I haven’t seen the letter. As a matter of fact, I believe that the member that first received the letter was as late as July. And quite honestly I’m shocked that the matter didn’t come up in the nearly 32 hours of testimony that Judge Kavanaugh was before as in the open session or the nearly hour and a half session that we had in a closed session. That information never came up. So when we get back to Washington this week we’ll take a look at it but it really raises a question in my mind about if — if — if this was material to the confirmation process, why on earth over the past four to six weeks hasn’t it been discussed among the committee members?”
JAKE TAPPER: “You’re hoping to meet with [Brett] Kavanaugh this week, are you going to bring up this accusation?”
SEN. DOUG JONES: “Oh, I’m sure I will, if I get a chance to meet. It’s a very serious allegation, but at this point, it’s an anonymous letter, you’re not going to be able to really test it unless somebody comes forward with more information. If I get a chance to meet, obviously I obviously would have to bring that up.”
And we turn now to Tiger Beat:
SAN FRANCISCO — California state Sen. Kevin de León, the Democratic progressive aggressively challenging Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for reelection, accused her of “gross misconduct” in her handling of a letter by an unnamed woman alleging sexual misconduct by Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
De León, in an interview with POLITICO Friday, blasted Feinstein for not raising the issue as Kavanaugh sat before the Judiciary committee for his confirmation hearings last week — or even discussing the matter privately her fellow Democrats on the Judiciary committee until this week.
Her performance underscores how “she has historically demonstrated that she is not willing to take the fight to the Republicans,” he said. “She has been very passive in her approach regarding the most important Supreme Court nominee in a generation,’’ showing “a huge detachment to the realities” of women’s experiences in many communities.
I have to agree with De León in this. It’s mind-boggling that DiFi withheld this allegation—for what? some sort of October Surprise for Kavanaugh? De León is exactly right, this is not just about Kavanaugh per se, DiFi let down women everywhere, too.
De León is running against DiFi in the 2018 Pie Fight (yes, it is a Dem-on-Dem election), and I really hope that he wins. California deserves a Democrat from the Democratic wing of the party.
UPDATE 1: The victim has come forward.