Yesterday, it was revealed that Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary committee, had referred a secret letter about Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the FBI. At the time, she released a statement on the mysterious letter.
“I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities,” Feinstein said in a statement.
Immediately, rumors began to emerge that document had to do with allegations of sexual misconduct regarding Kavanaugh and a woman when they were in high school. Now, more of the details have emerged.
The New Yorker reports that the letter outlines an accusation from a woman who says she had a disturbing interaction with Kavanaugh at a high-school party in the 1980’s. The reporting was done by Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow, the latter of whom has become a powerful journalistic voice for the victims of the #MeToo era.
“In the letter, the woman alleged that, during an encounter at a party, Kavanaugh held her down, and that he attempted to force himself on her. She claimed in the letter that Kavanaugh and a classmate of his, both of whom had been drinking, turned up music that was playing in the room to conceal the sound of her protests, and that Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand. She was able to free herself,” The New Yorker explains.
While Kavanaugh was not able to carry out the evil act he’s accused of attempting, the woman still has to live with the consequences of his actions.
“Although the alleged incident took place decades ago and the three individuals involved were minors, the woman said that the memory had been a source of ongoing distress for her, and that she had sought psychological treatment as a result,” The New Yorker explains.
Kavanaugh’s nomination has, understandably, stirred up some painful psychological wounds for the woman, and she felt compelled to reach out to Democrats in Congress to share her traumatic story.
Not surprisingly, Kavanaugh has denied the incident. The classmate alleged to have aided him in his botched sexual assault claims to not recall it. While it doesn’t seem that the FBI will be taking any action against Kavanaugh at this point, the allegation still drastically changes the tenor of these nomination proceedings.
If true, it means that an attempted rapist could be headed for a seat in the most powerful court in the land. The alleged behavior may have happened decades ago, but it offers a rare glimpse into his real character as a man. Someone that would engage in this kind of horrifying act has no place in our government. We already have a rapist in the White House, we don’t need a (possibly additional) sexual predator on the Supreme Court.
Original reporting by Ronan Farrow at the New Yorker.