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Kavanaugh denies high school assault allegation

16 September 2018

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) late Saturday called for a delay to the Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, saying that "there are too many questions swirling around this nomination". "I did not do this back in high school or at any time".

In a statement released by the White House Friday, Kavanaugh said: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation".

As to whether Republicans knew about the allegation in advance and had the letter from the 65 Kavanaugh high school contemporaries "in the can", Grassley's office said no.

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Maher wasn't the only media figure to express skepticism surrounding the accusation.

Democrats surely were hoping the letter would prompt a federal inquiry and stall Kavanaugh's confirmation until after the midterm elections, when they hope to take over the Senate. Judge Kavanaugh submitted a questionnaire of over 17,000 pages, participated in two full days of public Senate hearings as well as a private session to discuss his background, and then he answered an additional 1,200 follow-up questions. A spokesman for the chairman said Kavanaugh has completed six Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks between 1993 and 2018, and that Feinstein, who obtained the letter in July, did not raise the issue during the hearings or attend a closed session on the nomination where the information could have been discussed.

Ronan Farrow, who co-authored The New Yorker article, told CNN that some members of the Senate Judiciary Committee "feel that there was a missed opportunity to fully interrogate this allegation". If approved by the committee and the whole Senate, as expected, Kavanaugh is likely to decidedly tilt the court to the conservatives for years to come.

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Feinstein said in a statement Thursday that she "received information from an individual concerning the nomination".

Democrats have also accused Kavanaugh of misleading the Senate Judiciary Committee during his committee hearing earlier this month as well as during a hearing more than a decade ago for his confirmation to the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Dianne Feinstein since July, but it only recently surfaced. One activist group favoring abortion choice, NARAL, called on Kavanaugh to withdraw from consideration.

The FBI confirmed it had received the information "on the night of September 12". "Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new "information" about him", White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement.

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Kavanaugh denies high school assault allegation