The fiery debate in the Senate over the nomination of Trump’s new Supreme Court pick, Brett Kavanaugh, reached fever pitch throughout its week of questioning. On Thursday, that debate got even more contentious as Democrats demanded the vote for his confirmation be delayed.
CBS News reports that:
‘Following days of questioning by lawmakers on Capitol Hill, the Senate Judiciary Committee has decided to move the committee vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacant seat on the United States Supreme Court to next week. Chairman Grassley announced during the morning session that the committee vote on Judge Kavanaugh will now be held over until next week’s regular business meeting on September 20, at 1:45 p.m. after the committee voted 11-10 in its favor.’
Under Committee rules, any member can ask for a one-week delay on the vote of a nominee https://t.co/s1I3UhBN9N
— Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) September 13, 2018
Missing documents, claims of perjury, and statements made by Kavanaugh that were not at all consistent with the evidence of emails and other documents released to the public made this confirmation hearing nearly as wildly fought as SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas’s in 1991.
PBS News Hour reports that:
‘The committee was hoping to quickly process Kavanaugh’s unusually long paper trail and relied on Bush’s lawyer, Bill Burck, to compile the documents, first estimated to be 900,000 pages from Kavanaugh’s time in the counsel’s office. Eventually, some 267,000 pages were made public and 174,000 were held as committee confidential.’
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) September 13, 2018
Yet another bombshell hit on Thursday when a senator revealed that new information has come to light. She did not specify what kind of information she had received. In a statement from Sen. Dianne Feinsten (D-CA), she told the public that:
‘I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. 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.’
— Laura Litvan (@LauraLitvan) September 13, 2018
In addition to the partisan fighting over Kavanaugh, the judge may have something else in common with Justice Thomas if rumors prove accurate. Ryan Grim of The Intercept says that:
‘Different sources provided different accounts of the contents of the letter, and some of the sources said they themselves had heard different versions, but the one consistent theme was that it describes an incident involving Kavanaugh and a woman while they were in high school. Kept hidden, the letter is beginning to take on a life of its own.’
WATCH LIVE: Senate Judiciary Committee meets, delays vote on Kavanaugh confirmation. https://t.co/6PbEftlibK
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) September 13, 2018
Details of the letter received by Feinstein have not yet been released.