The Senate Judiciary Committee is delaying a vote on President Trump’s controversial Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until next week.
“[We’re] holding over the nomination of Kavanaugh,” Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) said at the start of a committee business meeting on Thursday.
The committee voted 11-10, along party lines, to push the vote to 1:45 p.m. next Thursday.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, said that she did not understand Republicans’ “rush to judgment” on Kavanaugh.
“I think taking the time and really being able to make the assessment that are needed to be made is really critical and important,” she added.
The delay comes amid reports that Senate Democrats have referred a secret letter they received regarding Kavanaugh to the FBI for investigation.
“This matter has been referred to the FBI for investigation,” Sen. Dick Durbin (Ill.) told BuzzFeed News on Thursday about the letter.
Sen. Feinstein 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.