The top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee alleged on Wednesday that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was not truthful with senators earlier this month when he said he never violated grand jury secrecy laws while working for Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr two decades ago.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) told Politico that she obtained a memo from the National Archives that showed Kavanaugh instructed a colleague in the Starr investigation of President Bill Clinton to call reporter Chris Ruddy about matters before the grand jury, an action that would have violated laws that prevent disclosure of grand jury information.
“According to a memo from the National Archives, Brett Kavanaugh instructed Hickman Ewing, a colleague and deputy counsel in the Starr investigation, to ‘call [Chris] Ruddy’ about matters before a grand jury, which would be illegal to disclose,” Feinstein said in a statement to POLITICO.
She continued: “I asked Judge Kavanaugh in questions for the record whether he had shared ‘information learned through grand jury proceedings.’ His answer, which says that he acted ‘consistent with the law,’ conflicts with the official memo from Mr. Ewing. Disclosing grand jury information is against the law and would be troubling for any lawyer, especially one applying for a promotion to the highest court in the country.”