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 source familiar with the matter confirmed to The Hill.
“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.
The Hill adds:
Questions about the letter boiled over on Wednesday after The Intercept published a piece saying Feinstein had refused to share the content of the letter with other members on the committee. Sources told The Intercept that the letter was relayed by an individual affiliated with Stanford University. Some sources told the publication that it was about an incident involving Kavanaugh and a woman while they were in high school.
Attorney Debra Katz is representing the woman who is the subject of the letter, according to The Intercept. She declined to confirm to BuzzFeed News that she is representing the woman, and did not comment further.