#MeToo Hits Brett Kavanaugh 👨‍⚖️

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Feinstein raises a red flag

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) released a statement about alleged sexual misconduct in the Supreme Court Justice nominee’s past. She wrote: "I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court...I have...referred the matter to federal investigative authorities."

High school days

Feinstein did not release any specifics about the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh. Reports say that Feinstein received a letter from a constituent in California that details some form of sexual misconduct by Judge Kavanaugh while he and his alleged victim were in high school.


LEANING LEFT:

Think Progress: Brett Kavanaugh has a mysterious #MeToo problem

Alternet: New Claims About Brett Kavanaugh Reportedly Relate to 'Possible Sexual Misconduct' from His High School Days

The left sees this allegation as a reason to delay Judge Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote. Articles from the left argue that Republicans have accelerated Kavanaugh’s confirmation before the midterm elections to avoid any potential change in the balance of power in Congress. This allegation is their proof that the process needs to be slowed down.

LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: Feinstein releases cryptic statement about Brett Kavanaugh nomination amid intrigue over secret letter

Washington Times: Feinstein releases cryptic statement about Brett Kavanaugh nomination amid intrigue over secret letter

The right sees this allegation as a “desperate” attempt by the Democrats to stop and/or slow down Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Articles point to the timing of the allegation: Senator Feinstein has reportedly known of the allegation since July and is only now - amid Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings - releasing the information. It’s a clear political move, the right says. Moreover, Kavanaugh has already passed a thorough FBI background check.


Should this allegation slow down confirmation hearings?

It’s hard to say with so little information. But the stakes are high: replacing the court’s swing vote, the solidly conservative Kavanaugh would change the ideological balance of the court. It’s understandable that the Republicans want to confirm Kavanaugh before the midterms since recent forecasts say there’s a ⅓ chance they’ll lose control of the Senate. 

Democrats' pace on the confirmation

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