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0:54, 28 September 2018

Cruz, Cornyn spar with Feinstein at Kavanaugh hearing more than leak of Ford letter


Cruz, Cornyn spar with Feinstein at Kavanaugh hearing over leak of Ford letter

Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., denied Thursday that her workplace leaked Christine Blasey Ford’s letter accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault to the media earlier this month.

&quotI don’t think my employees would leak it,&quot Feinstein said in response to a question from Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas. &quotI have not asked that question directly.&quot

Following a pause, apparently to consult with her staff, Feinstein told Cornyn: &quotThe answer is no.&quot

&quotWell, somebody leaked it if it wasn’t you,&quot Cornyn answered.

&quotWell, I am telling you I did not,&quot said Feinstein, who added: &quotIt’s my understanding that [Ford’s] story was leaked before the letter became public and she testified that she had spoken to her pals about it, and it really is most most likely that that’s how this story leaked … But it did not leak from us, I assure you that.&quot

The exchange amongst Feinstein and Cornyn followed a statement by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, who accused Feinstein and the committee’s Democrats of putting Kavanaugh by way of a &quotprofoundly unfair process.&quot

&quotThis committee could have investigated these claims in a confidential way that respected Dr. Ford&rsquos privacy,&quot Cruz said. &quotThe only folks that could have released that letter were either the ranking member and her employees or [Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., who forwarded Ford’s letter to Feinstein.]&quot

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The existence of Ford’s letter to Feinstein alleging that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her was very first reported by the site The Intercept on Sept. 12. At the time, Feinstein stated that Ford had &quotstrongly requested confidentiality … and I have honored that selection.&quot

Intercept reporter Ryan Grim, who broke the story of Ford’s letter, tweeted: &quotFeinstein’s employees did not leak the letter to The Intercept.

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&quotNor did she or her employees leak the existence of the letter to The Intercept,&quot Grim added. &quotAfter our story, she turned it more than to the FBI, which placed it in his background file, which meant that it became broadly offered and soon after it was leaked to CNN.&quot

Ford went public with her allegation in a Washington Post write-up published Sept. 16. The Post reported that the letter had been study to its reporter, although it was unclear by whom.

Following the hearing, Feinstein issued a statement defending her actions.

&quotDr. Blasey Ford asked that her details be kept confidential, and it was,&quot she stated. &quotI only referred her letter to the FBI right after it was leaked and reporters have been knocking on her door. I don&rsquot know who leaked the details, but it wasn&rsquot my workplace.&quot

Published at Thu, 27 Sep 2018 23:45:00 +0000


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