Top Senate Democrats have referred a secret letter they received regarding President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the FBI for investigation, a letter which reportedly details an incident involving possible sexual misconduct between Kavanaugh and a woman when the two were in high school, reports Newsweek.
According to Newsweek:
The letter contains information about an incident involving possible sexual misconduct between Kavanaugh and a woman when the two were in high school, according to two officials familiar with the contents of the letter who spoke to The New York Times.
The letter was first reported by The Intercept on Wednesday, but the contents of it were largely unknown. The Intercept also reported the letter’s subject was about an incident in high school between Kavanaugh and a woman, but the report did not mention sexual misconduct.
“This matter has been referred to the FBI for investigation,” Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told BuzzFeed News on Thursday about the letter.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, was reportedly given the letter by Calif. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D).
Feinstein has so far refused to answer reporters questions about the letter over the past two days.
“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,” Feinstein said in a statement on Thursday.
“I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities,” she continued.
According to Newsweek, the unnamed woman who is the subject of the letter has also reportedly retained legal counsel.
Debra Katz, an attorney who has represented other woman who have accused men of sexual misconduct as part of the #MeToo movement, has been hired by the woman, according to The Intercept.
In response to the letter, the White House issued a statement on Thursday defending Kavanaugh.
“Throughout his confirmation process, Judge Kavanaugh has had 65 meetings with senators–including with Senator Feinstein–sat through over 30 hours of testimony, addressed over 2,000 questions in a public setting and additional questions in a confidential session,” the statement said. “Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new ‘information’ about him.”
Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote in the Senate is currently scheduled for for September 20.