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>> Top Senate Democrat Dianne Feinstein on Thursday, said she had referred a letter about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to federal investigators. Feinstein said the person who wrote the letter asked that it remain confidential, but the New York Times citing two unnamed officials reported the incident involved possible sexual misconduct between Kavanaugh and a woman when they were both in high school.
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The White House swiftly dismissed the report expressing skepticism of the timing of its release Aand saying Kavanaugh has already been thoroughly vetted. Supreme Court reporter, Laurence Hurley.>> So far we don't know what the impact is gonna be. Whether it's just a Democratic stunt or whether there's some substance to this, cuz we don't actually know what's in this letter or what the substance of these allegations are.
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So whether or not it will have any effect or just fizzle like some of the other democratic attempts to delay the vote on the nomination, we don't know yet.>> The Times said the letter was first sent to the office of Congresswoman Anna Eshoo of California and was referred to Feinstein over the summer.
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The move by Feinstein comes as democrats try to thwart Kavanaugh's nomination over concerns Kavanaugh might help overturn abortion rights. Separately the senate judiciary committee on Wednesday released Kavanaugh's written responses to more than 1200 questions, from his stance on Roe v Wade to his history of credit card debt.
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In response to questions from senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Kavanaugh said he did not have a gambling problem and had not accrued gambling debts.>> Democrats have made various claims and raised various questions about the nomination, but the Republicans control the Senate. And so unless some of them change their minds or can be persuaded to vote against him, it looks like he will be set to be confirmed.
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>> On Thursday, Democratic senators failed again to secure the release of Kavanaugh related documents. The Republican led committee agreed to vote on Kavanaugh's nomination on September 20th, with a final confirmation vote likely by the end of the month.