WASHINGTON-Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Thursday that she "received information from an individual on Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court" and referred it to the federal investigative authorities.
The California Democrat said that the person providing the information he did not provide required confidentiality and refused to speak.
Since the nature of the information is unknown, it is not clear how or whether the development would influence the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh. The White House did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
In another development, Judge Kavanaugh said in written responses to the senators who considered his nomination that he had previously spoken with President Trump's transitional team about becoming a U.S. Solicitor General.
Judge Kavanaugh, now a federal appellate judge, told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he had talked to then-Sen about the attorney's general position. Jeff Sessions, the Alabama Republican, who had not yet been confirmed as attorney general, in a conversation "arranged by members of the president's transition team."
The conversation suggests that the judge was at least ready to consider the possibility of serving as a political representative in the Trump administration. The Advocate General represents the Federal Government in a lawsuit before the Supreme Court. President Trump attacked lawyer Noel Francisco for the job.
"I was unsure, but I was interested in learning more," Judge Kavanaugh wrote. "I finally decided that I want to remain a judge."
The judge's comments were recorded on 263 pages of answers he had submitted to written questions from the Judiciary Committee. Senators filed the questions as a result of last week's confirmation hearings where Judge Kavanaugh appeared for three days.
The committee scheduled a vote on Thursday, September 20, regarding Judge Kavanaugh. The judge is expected to receive a majority vote in a party-line vote with Republicans. His nomination would then go to the Senate for final examination.
The new term of office of the Supreme Court begins on October 1, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) Has stated that he wishes the entire Senate to vote on Judge Kavanaugh by that date.
The nomination continues to be the subject of deep divisive disagreements. During the meeting of the Judiciary Committee on Thursday, the Senators renewed their fight for access to documents from the time of Judge Kavanaugh as a lawyer in the White House of George W. Bush.
Republicans say plenty of public material is available to judge Judge Kavanaugh. Democrats say the GOP is inciting the confirmation process and discouraging them from seeing additional documents that shed light on the judge's views on important issues that might arise before the Supreme Court.
The Democrats of the Committee on Thursday offered a series of petitions to propose additional White House documents, but the Republicans rejected the petitions.
In his written answers to the senators, Judge Kavanaugh cautiously took the cue and, like last week's hearings, avoided positions on hot topics such as abortion. His answers were released on Wednesday evening.
The judge threw extra light on his personal finances, amid questions raised by his financial disclosure, as a judge, who showed him that he had tens of thousands of dollars in debt. He said that a debt that appeared on certain disclosure reports was a federal loan to help with a down payment on his home, and other debts relating to home improvements and repairs.
"Over the years, we have dumped a decent amount of money into our home for sometimes unforeseen repairs and improvements," wrote the judge. "As many homeowners probably appreciate, sometimes the list never seems to end."
Judge Kavanaugh said he and his wife now have no other debt than their mortgage. He also turned to his spending on Washington Nationals baseball tickets and said he bought four season tickets each season from 2005 to 2017 plus playoff tickets. "I'm a big sports fan," he said.
The judge said several friends had shared the season tickets with him and reimbursed him for their share of the costs.
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