Is Feinstein's letter a nothing burger ... or trouble for Kavanaugh?

Friday, September 14, 2018
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Sen. Dianne Feinstein at Gorsuch hearingsYesterday, Democrats launched their latest ploy to derail Brett Kavanaugh's appointment to the Supreme Court – but it may be dead on arrival.

Her fellow Democrats on the Senate Judicial Committee failed to trip up Judge Kavanaugh during last week's hearings, have failed to delay his confirmation (a committee vote is scheduled for September 20), and were unsuccessful in painting him as racist. So Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) announced on Thursday that she had obtained a secret letter from an undisclosed woman, who made an unspecified allegation about something that Kavanagh may or may not have done – in high school.

"I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court," Feinstein said in her surprise statement. "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."

The latter was confirmed by Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), who said the letter in question had been referred to the FBI, which conducts background checks on Supreme Court nominees.

Where did it go from there? Nowhere, according to Fox News. "Upon receipt of the information on the night of September 12, we included it as part of Judge Kavanaugh's background file, as per the standard process," Fox quotes an FBI statement. And unless the White House requests that the FBI follow up on the letter's content, no investigation will occur.


Townhall columnist Katie Pavlich says the FBI has essentially "yawned" at Feinstein's "antics."

"... Feinstein's pathetic 11th hour stunt to stop Kavanuagh's nomination through character assassination quickly fell apart," Pavlich writes. "The letter wasn't new and Feinstein had it in July. With a tough re-election battle in far-left California, she chose to acknowledge its existence yesterday. Further, it was a big nothing burger."

The legal counsel for American Family Association agrees with Pavlich that Feinstein's decision to reveal the secret letter has politics written all over it.


"Don't think it's lost on me for a moment that Dianne Feinstein has lost the confidence of her supporters in California in the Democratic Party. Don't think it's lost on me for a moment that they are supporting her challenger because they don't believe Dianne Feinstein is regressive enough," says Abraham Hamilton III. "So what does she do to prove here bona fides? I will be the one to try to take down Judge Kavanaugh – with an anonymous letter."

The letter reportedly alleges sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in the early 1980s during a party. The woman claims Kavanaugh tried to force himself on her and was assisted by one of his classmates. For his part, he has released a statement saying: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time."

Gary Bauer of American Values says this is a political ambush by Senator Feinstein, who could have revealed the existence of this letter during the committee hearings.

Bauer, Gary (American Values)"She waits until the hearing is completely over until more time has passed and then suddenly turns this letter over to the FBI at a time when the FBI is under observation about whether it has been contaminated with political influence," he tells OneNewsNow.

Bauer admits he isn't confident Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

"The atmosphere that exists on the left in the United States today goes beyond insane. We've seen physical violence; we've seen assassination attempts," he laments. "This is an atmosphere that resembles something unlike anything we've experienced in this country before. So I am not confident [of Kavanaugh's confirmation]. I think in this atmosphere some senators could become fearful [to vote to confirm]."

'Slimy' irony

Presidential advisor Dr. Robert Jeffress sees Feinstein's decision to come forward with this information as a desperate move by Democrats. "This is a slimy attempt by slimy Democrats to torpedo the Kavanaugh nomination," says the Southern Baptist pastor and longtime Trump supporter.


Jeffress adds that in a perverse way, it makes sense that Democrats are attempting to "#MeToo" the Supreme Court nominee. "The one reason the left wants to torpedo the Kavanaugh nomination is they are scared that Judge Kavanaugh might, in some way, make illegal the murder of 1.4 million children every year through abortion," he tells OneNewsNow.

And it's more than ironic, says Jeffress. "This is the hypocrisy of the left. They say they care about the abuse of women – but they don't care about the murder of hundreds of thousands of little girls in the womb through abortion."

Jeffress says it's important to engage. "His supporters need to ask for facts and not succumb to innuendo by accusers who refuse to come forward," he concludes.

If this isn't bribery, what is?

Meanwhile, a non-partisan ethics watchdog group is calling on the Justice Department to investigate a coalition of groups it says is trying to bribe a U.S. senator to vote against Kavanaugh's confirmation.

The Foundation for Accountability & Civic Trust (FACT) wants the DOJ to investigate three groups – Maine People's Alliance, the Mainers for Accountable Leadership PAC, and Be a Hero Fund PAC – for illegally running a crowdfunding website, the proceeds of which are meant to bribe Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) over her upcoming vote on the confirmation of U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Kendra Arnold, executive director of FACT, spoke with OneNewsNow. "I never thought I'd be talking about groups offering a million dollars in order to change a senator's vote – but that's exactly what is going on here," she shares. "These three groups have gotten together [and] they've created a crowdfunding website and ... raised over $1.2 million."

And according to Arnold, the groups have given Senator Collins an ultimatum.

"... They are directly telling [her] if she votes 'no' on Judge Kavanaugh, then they're not even going to collect the money – they won't do anything," Arnold explains. "If she votes 'yes,' then they're going to charge all the people's credit cards and pay her future opponent that money."

Under 18 U.S.C. section 201(b)(1), bribing a public official is illegal – even if the bribe is paid to another person. Arnold says her organization believes this is a pretty clear-cut bribery case.

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Bauer's comments added after story originally posted.


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