His comments came just after a woman, who claimed to be Kavanaugh's former high school classmate, accused him of sexual misconduct that had occurred decades before his nomination. Multiple reports have found that a letter held by Senate Democrats contains allegations from an unnamed woman who says that Kavanaugh and another man attempted to sexually assault her when they were all in high school. "That was true when he was in high school, and it has remained true to this day", they said.
Maher wasn't the only media figure to express skepticism surrounding the accusation.
"The American people deserve to know who Judge Kavanaugh is, but Republicans are trying to rush through this nomination while concealing critical parts of the nominee's record", he added in another tweet. A spokesman for the chairman said Kavanaugh has completed six Federal Bureau of Investigation background checks between 1993 and 2018, and that Feinstein, who obtained the letter in July, did not raise the issue during the hearings or attend a closed session on the nomination where the information could have been discussed.
Before details of the allegation surfaced on Friday, Senate Republicans pointed out that an extensive background check was already completed by the White House and reviewed by the committee. "Every Democrat and every Republican voted for him", she said. In addition, Sen. Feinstein has had the information for months and never mentioned it to other members of the Judiciary Committee or questioned Kavanaugh directly about it. Eshoo then referred the letter to Feinstein.
The FBI confirmed it had received the information "on the night of September 12".
Under pressure from other Democratic senators, who had been fighting a pitched battle against Judge Kavanaugh for weeks - largely over access to documents from his years in the George W. Bush White House - Ms. Feinstein called a meeting late Wednesday to share with the lawmakers the letter's contents but not the letter itself.
He went on: "All I know is what I read and I wouldn't make any judgment of it until I had more information".
"Senator Schumer promised to 'oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination with everything I have, ' and it appears he is delivering with this 11th-hour attempt to delay his confirmation", Kupec said.