As the circus continues in the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, there have been months of debate, 11th-hour allegations of sexual assault, an FBI investigation, protests, hours of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and wall to wall media coverage. All of this managed to yield nothing more scandalous than he once threw ice at someone in a bar and the end result is Kavanaugh will likely be confirmed to the Supreme Court, after both GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Democrat Joe Manchin of West Virginia announced that they would be voting yes. GOP holdout Jeff Flake of Arizona also said that he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh “unless something big changed.”
Yet in the meantime, conjecture has ensued with regards to just how accuser Christine Blasey Ford’s letter was leaked to the Washington Post in the first place. A letter that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) had in her possession since the early part of July 2018. It seems the chief architect of the 11th-hour ambush of Kavanaugh and his family may now have a very good reason to be nervous.
According to Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Republicans plan to investigate Feinstein’s office in an effort to determine whether they are the culprit in the leaking of Ford’s confidential letter. It is also rather peculiar that after waiting for more than 35 years to discuss these accusations, Blasey Ford chose to contact a politician instead of law enforcement.
Naturally, Feinstein is in damage control mode and denying any or all responsibility from either herself or her staff regarding the letter getting out to the press. She testified before Senate Judiciary Committee. regarding the accusations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.
“I do not believe my staff would leak it,” Feinstein said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Meanwhile, Blasey Ford maintains she chose to come forward. Senate Republicans are now accusing Democrats or members of their staff of leaking Ford’s letter despite her request for confidentiality.
Feinstein: President Trump and Senate Republicans are trying to deflect attention from Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual assault allegations by saying my staff or I leaked the letter from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford—they’re wrong.
— Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram) October 1, 2018
Feinstein released a statement on Monday after announcing that in return for the role she played in this farce, her own office will be investigated. Feinstein states of the upcoming investigation – “President Trump and Senate Republicans are trying to deflect attention from Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual assault allegations by saying my staff or I leaked the letter from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford — they’re wrong,” said the ranking member of the Judiciary Committee. I honored Dr. Blasey Ford’s request for confidentiality. It was only when reporters were knocking on her door that I referred the letter to the FBI. At no point did I or anyone on my staff divulge Dr. Blasey Ford’s name to press. She knows that and believes it, for which I’m grateful.”
Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) called for an investigation into Democrats behavior during the confirmation process for Kavanaugh, while questioning “who in Feinstein’s office” referred Blasey Ford to her attorney Debra Katz.
Feinstein: "I find it interesting that the same critics who last week condemned me for not releasing Dr. BlaseyFord’s letter against her wishes are now suggesting I did leak the letter.
"Throughout this process I acted in strict accordance to the wishes of the survivor."
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 1, 2018
In Thursday’s testimony, we learned Ford hired Katz and Lisa Banks on the recommendation of Feinstein herself…well, is that not just…interesting…Also of significance was just one week prior, Katz and Banks were the headliners for a fundraiser for endangered Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin. Also interesting.
According to the Washington Examiner –
“It seems Katz and Banks have a deep, long-lasting, high-dollar connection to the Democratic Party. So what, right? They can be both partisan Democrats incredibly vested in taking over the U.S. Senate and good attorneys for Ford, who after all, shares the Democrats’ goal of keeping Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court.
Sadly, though, it looks from the outside as though Katz and Banks have subordinated their client’s interests to their party’s interests.
Recall the moment during Thursday’s hearings when Ford said she would have preferred to have the Judiciary Committee send people to California to question her. Then remember her surprise when Chairman Chuck Grassley informed her that the committee had made exactly that offer.
The White House must not limit the FBI's investigation into Brett Kavanaugh. All allegations of sexual assault should be investigated and relevant witnesses interviewed. The investigation should be about truth, not cover for Republican votes to confirm. pic.twitter.com/C4wCndzjQk
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) October 2, 2018
Recall when Ford’s attorney’s rejected that offer.
Why would they turn down an offer to save their client from all this stress, anxiety, and public scrutiny? Why would they refuse Grassley’s offer to give Ford exactly the sort of venue she wanted?
We don’t know, but we can guess.”
The cries to investigate Feinstein are growing more demanding by the day or perhaps even the hour, as Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, the Republican nominee challenging Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in this November’s Senate race, has joined the fray demanding yet another interesting twist. Hawley is calling on the establishment of a special counsel to investigate Feinstein and her staff for potential leaks.
Hawley stated in a Monday morning press call – “I am calling for a special counsel to investigate the conduct of Sen. Feinstein, her staff, and all other relevant parties, for violating the confidentiality of Dr. Ford and obstructing the work of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Potentially also of obstructing an FBI background investigation.”