KAVANAUGH SPEAKS: Trump's Court Pick BREAKS SILENCE on Feinstein's Letter

Feinstein explains decision to keep letter making claims against Kavanaugh private

Anna Moneymaker

Christine Blasey Ford, now a 51-year-old professor at Palo Alto University in California, described an incident between the two in high school, alleging that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed one summer in the 1980s and forced himself on her.

A spokeswoman for Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., declined to confirm reports that the congresswoman had forwarded a letter containing the allegations to Feinstein.

The existence of the letter was first reported by the online news outlet, The Intercept, on Wednesday. Thomas denied the allegations and he was confirmed to the bench. Feinstein has give the letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"Through the more than 35 years we have known him, Brett has stood out for his friendship, character, and integrity".

The information came from an individual who wanted to remain anonymous and had declined to press the issue themselves, Feinstein said.

Democrats fighting the nomination say that could turn the court away from guaranteed abortion rights, against programs that benefit disadvantaged minorities, and for greater presidential immunity from the law.

The Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination next Thursday, with the full Republican-led Senate looking to consider it later this month. In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect.

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Feinstein's staff initially told other Democratic members' offices that the incident took place too long ago to be brought up in public, and that Feinstein had "taken care of it".

Feinstein has not shared details about the letter beyond her statement Thursday, and before this week, no other senators on the Judiciary Committee had been permitted to see it, according to reports.

The FBI confirmed it had received the information "on the night of September 12". It added the letter to Kavanaugh's file but has not opened a criminal investigation.

On Thursday, Grassley told reporters he had not seen the letter.

Separately, Grassley's spokesperson George Hartmann told ABC News that Grassley is "respecting the request for confidentiality".

The White House called Feinstein's move an "11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation".

Tillis also questioned the timing of the letter's existence becoming public, and why the letter's author would not come forward in a confidential setting. "Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new "information" about him", White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in a statement. "You're not going to be able to really test it unless somebody comes forward with more information".

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