Brett Kavanaugh Accused of Sexual Misconduct With Woman During High School, Letter Passed to FBI: Report

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California referred a letter to federal investigators on Thursday regarding President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

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.

The letter is reportedly from a California constituent of Feinstein, who is the highest-ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Feinstein did not initially allow any of her democratic colleagues on the committee to view the letter. After repeated objections, she agreed to brief fellow Judiciary Committee Democrats on the contents of the letter before handing it over to federal authorities. 

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

Feinstein’s office released a statement Thursday morning saying it had received “information from an individual concerning” Kavanaugh. The unnamed individual “strongly requested confidentiality [and declined] to come forward or press the matter further.” Feinstein then passed the information along to the FBI. 

In response, 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 set for September 20 where he's expected to be confirmed in time for the Supreme Court's new session that begins October 1.

Over the past few weeks, heated debate, hundreds of arrests and political drama filled Kavanaugh's public testimony to the Judiciary Committee. One of the most discussed issues was Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. Critics of Kavanaugh have been concerned over his past statements and emails about the topic, which seemed to suggest Kavanaugh believed the ruling could be overturned. In his testimony, Kavanaugh said he would refer to legal precedent and would uphold the ruling. 

Staffers for Republican Senator Susan Collins have even received personal threats and insults because she remains undecided on Kavanaugh. 

Brett Kavanaugh Sexual Misconduct FBI Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the third day of his confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on September 6 in Washington, D.C. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images

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