A woman from the Supreme Court's past adolescent Brett Kavanaugh claims that once she kept her locked in a locked room, she covered her mouth and tried to force herself on her sexually.
The explosive charge, which Kavanaugh denied outright on Friday, follows 24 hours of speculation about what Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein vaguely called "information". that he had turned over to the FBI.
The alleged high school incident was described in a letter from the unidentified woman to Democratic Rep. Anna Eshoo, her California congresswoman. Eshoo passed it to Feinstein, the highest ranking Democrat in the rancorous Senate Judiciary Committee weighing Kavanaugh's nomination.
In a statement, Kavanaugh told The New Yorker: "I categorically and unequivocally deny this accusation, I did not do this in high school or at any time.
Brettt Kavanaugh, now a 53-year-old US Supreme Court nominee, was 17 years old at the time a woman alleges she tried to force her sexually, a charge she denies outright.
FBI Request: Diane Feinstein has sent a letter she received to the Department of Justice. He reportedly referred to the behavior of Brett Kavanuagh's high school
It was reported that the unidentified woman retained Debra Katz, a prominent Washington lawyer D.C. involved in the #MeToo movement.
The FBI refused to investigate Feinstein's material, which he has had since the summer and whose release appears to have been scheduled for maximum impact.
Senators will vote soon if Judge Kavanaugh will become Judge Kavanaugh. Republicans in the Judiciary Committee want him seated in the Supreme Court when his next term begins on October 1.
Speculation about sexual misconduct The September surprise was rampant after it was seen by Debra Katz, a lawyer in Washington, DC, best known for representing women who make accusations # MeToo style # 39; against powerful men, who leaves the Capitol.
Multiple reports said he represented the unidentified woman, who would probably now be 53 years old. Katz has not responded to requests for comment.
Feinstein is a liberal Democrat from California who has asked her colleagues to slow down towards the confirmation of President Donald Trump's election to succeed Judge Anthony Kennedy.
The Washington Post reported Thursday night that the FBI delivered the senator's material to the White House instead of opening an investigation, and considered it an update to his background file.
"When we received the information on the night of September 12, we included it as part of Judge Kavanaugh's background file, according to the standard process," an FBI official told the Post.
Feinstein, with tight lips, had published a cryptic statement in which he said that the woman who provided the information about Kavanaugh requested confidentiality, refused to give her opinion or insist on the matter, and I honored that decision & # 39;
Buzzfeed said Thursday she believes she knows who Kavanaugh's potential accuser is, and has done so for at least a week, but has not been able to contact her to confirm it.
A White House spokeswoman complained Thursday about the time of the vague and diaphanous revelation.
"It was not until the eve of his confirmation that Senator Feinstein or someone raised the ghost of new" information "about him," said Kerri Kupec.
Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn scoffed at the idea of a legitimate bomb that could sink Kavanaugh
"Let me see this": Cornyn was not sure what appeared to be the content of Feinstein's letter.
Cornyn also noted that the FBI had already cleared Kavanaugh and that the Democrats on the committee had their report
The Senate minority leader, Chuck Schumer, said, he had "promised" to oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination with everything I have, "and it seems he is fulfilling this 11-hour attempt to delay his confirmation."
Kupec added that the FBI had already thoroughly and repeatedly investigated Judge Kavanaugh, dating from 1993, for some of the most sensitive roles.
The chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican, told reporters in front of the Senate courtroom that he had not seen the letter that Feinstein is guarding.
"All I know is what I read, and I would not judge it until I get more information," Grassley said.
Republican committee mate John Cornyn of Texas reacted with a digital twist.
Let me make this clear: this is a statement about a secret letter about a secret matter and an unidentified person. Well, Cornyn tweeted.
In a second tweet, he added that "the FBI has already acted and reported on a background check on the nominee and this has been made available to all senators on the Judiciary Committee."
Feinstein received his information in an indirect way. The Intercept reported Wednesday night that the alleged incident was described by someone affiliated with Stanford University, who then wrote to Democratic Rep. Ana Eshoo, who represents the area.
Eshoo passed the letter to Feinstein, but none of the legislators will describe what it contains. The Eshoo office says it is considered part of a case of active and confidential service.
Feinstein is watching him closely, refusing to share it even with his colleagues in the Democratic Judiciary Committee.
She complained Thursday during a committee meeting that Republicans were rushing to participate in a "hurry to judge" as they moved to close Kavanaugh's file before its full contents could be examined.
The Republicans have already provided the Democrats with an avalanche of documents, including tens of thousands of their time as secretary of the White House of George W. Bush.
"What in the records of Judge Kavanaugh are the Republicans hiding?" Feinstein exclaimed.