Senator Feinstein wants to reopen probe into Justice Kavanaugh if Democrats take control
Senator Dianne Feinstein has declared that she wants the investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, reopened if the Democrats take control of the Senate following the November Midterms.
During a debate in San Francisco, the California Democrat stated that she would “be in favor of opening an investigation into the allegations” made by Christine Blasey Ford against President Trump’s nomination for SCOTUS.
Feinstein, the ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told her challenger, state Sen. Kevin de León, that she would push for the unfounded claims to be reinvestigated.
de León, a fellow Democrat, is challenging one of the Senate’s longest-tenured members for her seat after emerging from California’s hectic jungle primary system.
According to Fox News, Feinstein has come under fire from both Republicans and her fellow Democrats since the Kavanaugh confirmation after it was revealed that one of Judge Kavanaugh’s accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, had reached out to the lawmaker with her allegations and asked that they remain confidential.
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said last month that Feinstein’s office will be investigated to determine whether or not it leaked Ford’s letter to the press.
“They have betrayed her,” Cotton, R-Ark, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” about Ford.
“She has been victimized by Democrats … on a search-and-destroy mission for Brett Kavanaugh.”
During Wednesday’s debate, de León agreed with Feinstein that he would also support a renewed investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh.
And while this was one of many issues on which the two Democrats appeared to be eye-to-eye, de León was critical of Feinstein and the rest of Congress’s slowness in tackling issues like climate change, immigration reform, and healthcare.
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“Because of the lack of action in Washington, I’ve had to move by myself here in California,” he said.
In regards to immigration – a major topic of discussion in a state that is 39 percent Latino and 27 percent of its population is foreign-born – Feinstein said that if Democrats take control of the Senate in the midterm, immigration reform will be one of the first things the new Congress tackles.
“If Democrats are in the majority, there will be a comprehensive immigration reform bill before the [Senate Judiciary] committee,” she said.