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

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

Feinstein declined to comment beyond the statement.

The existence of the letter was first reported by the online news outlet, The Intercept, on Wednesday.

This has all the indicators of an 11th hour character assassination and a desperate attempt to delay and defeat the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, who has a sterling reputation in his community, his profession, his church and among hundreds of friends, colleagues and co-workers. Thomas denied the allegations and he was confirmed to the bench. The letter was also shared with Feinstein in July. Now he is being accused of sexual harassment by a former classmate he went to high school with in the early 1980s.

"We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983".

"The reluctance of someone to come forward demonstrates that even in the #MeToo era, it remains incredibly hard to report harassment, abuse or assault by people in power", she said. "Every Democrat and every Republican voted for him", she said.

Kavanaugh's nomination was included on the agenda for Thursday's committee meeting, and it was expected the panel's Democratic members would request the nomination be held over for one week. In particular, he has always treated women with decency and respect.

"If they were serious about it", he said, "they should have told us about it".

As to whether Republicans knew about the allegation in advance and had the letter from the 65 Kavanaugh high school contemporaries "in the can", Grassley's office said no. The aide also said Grassley only learned about the allegation from news sources this week and that the Federal Bureau of Investigation sent the Senate the updated report on Thursday. It was originally sent to Rep. Anna Eshoo, who represents California's 14th district, according to several media reports. "And now, after it's all over, she produces the letter".

ABC News has not confirmed the Intercept's reporting.

On Thursday, Grassley told reporters he had not seen the letter. "I think it makes us look bad", he added.

"There's no plan to change the committee's consideration of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination", Hartmann said in a statement.

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. Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. Tillis said he still expects the Senate to move forward with Kavanaugh's confirmation before October.