Republican members of the House of Representatives are demanding a thorough investigation into who leaked Dr. Christine Ford’s accusation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the media; raising the stakes in the potential Justice’s stalled confirmation process.
In a scathing letter signed by Reps. Biggs, Blum, Duncan, Gibbs, Norman, and Gohmert, the GOP legislators are calling on the House and Senate Ethics Committee to probe Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Eshoo’s handling of the letter once received back in July.
“This sensitive document was leaked to the media without Dr. Ford’s consent while it was hidden from the majority staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee,” write the Congressmen. “These acts demand an immediate and thorough investigation to find out who is responsible.”
“Leaking Dr. Ford’s letter was a cynically political act that is damaging to the credibility of the United States Congress,” the letter adds. “Deliberately outing Dr. Ford without her consent may have a lasting impact on women’s willingness to report future assaults.”
Read the full report at the Washington Examiner.
SEN. HIRONO: FBI’s Kavanaugh Probe is ‘Not What We Were Expecting’
Democratic Sen. Mazie Hirono harshly criticized the FBI’s ongoing investigation into Judge Brett Kavanaugh over the weekend, saying the current probe “is not the kind of investigation that all of us are expecting.”
Sen. Hirono was speaking with ABC News when she was asked to weigh-in on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s decision to re-open the investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh in the early 1980s.
“There’s time, you know. The thing is that every Senate vote matters and there’s time to get to the bottom of it, even if it’s seven days. That’s bad enough, but then to limit the FBI as to the scope and who they’re going to question?” asked the Senator.
“That is…I wanted to use the word farce, but – that’s not the kind of investigation that all of us are expecting the FBI to conduct,” Hirono added.
BOOKER GOES BERSERK: McConnell Suggests ‘ETHICS INQUIRY’ over Cory’s ‘Unusual Behavior’
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell weighed-in on Sen. Cory Booker’s “unusual behavior” during Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings this week; saying he “wouldn’t be surprised” if there was an ethics inquiry into his bizarre antics.
McConnell was speaking with radio host Hugh Hewitt when he was asked to comment on Booker’s repeated assertions that he was “breaking the rules” by intentionally leaking Kavanaugh’s confidential emails.
“When you break the Senate rules, it’s something the Ethics Committee could take a look at. And that would be up to them to decide. But it’s routinely looked at [by] the Ethics Committee,” McConnell said. “They have an obligation to look into violations of the Senate rules, and it wouldn’t surprise me if they did.”
Booker fired-back at McConnell over the possible ethics investigation, telling the leading Republican to “bring it!”
“I have really two words to say to Mitch McConnell if he wants to do ethics charges — bring it!” he said.
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