Senator Dianne Feinstein and her Democrat colleagues in Congress have had absolutely no problem making public every sordid detail of the allegations made against Brett Kavanaugh over the last few weeks.
We, the American public, should know. We’ve watched our news feeds and national discussion suddenly become inundated with runaway claims of sexual assault, none of which can be proven in the slightest, all of which have successfully tainted the public perception of Judge Kavanaugh, someone with an otherwise stellar and impeccable personal and professional record.
Yet suddenly, as the FBI closes in on the final stages of their limited investigation into the claims made against the SCOTUS nominee…Feinstein and other Democrats are calling for the results of the findings to be sealed.
They never called for details of the allegations made against him to be sealed. Heck, Feinstein’s office likely leaked the letter Dr. Christine Ford sent to her to the press herself.
But if the FBI findings do not work in their favor, which they likely won’t, the Democrats are clearly determined to bury it.
According to CNN reporter Elizabeth Landers, Feinstein has already said as much:
.@SenFeinstein indicates that the FBI report on Kavanaugh should NOT be made public: “It would seem to me that if people are going to be identified this ought to be held very close and not."
"I think the investigation ought to be closely held," she reiterated.
— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) October 2, 2018
Conservative Tribune reports:
Funny, Feinstein didn’t seem all that concerned about keeping people’s identities “closely held” when the letter sent to her from Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford was leaked to the media, nor did she exhibit any such concern when she publicly spoke about some of the other individuals named by Ford, or the other accusers who have popped out of the woodwork in Ford’s wake.
A CNN report noted that Feinstein has demanded the FBI inform her of everyone the agency is talking to as part of its probe into the Kavanaugh allegations, and said, “And of course, it would be given to us on a classified basis but at least we would know.”
Asked how the American public will have any confidence in the ultimate conclusions reached by the Senate following such a secret report from the FBI, Feinstein replied, “Well, let’s see … I can’t say because I don’t know what the investigation will say.”
And she’s not the only one:
Nor is Feinstein alone, as an update to that same CNN article reported that the California senator was joined in her call for the results of the FBI probe to remain secret by Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware.
“I think that the work product of the FBI should be kept confidential to the Senate, but all senators should be able to review it,” Coons told reporters.
“That’s typically what’s the case in any background investigation, the FBI delivers investigatory work — facts, not conclusions — and then senators review those files. But those are committee confidential files typically,” he added.
Senate Republicans are reportedly divided over whether or not to seal the FBI findings; Lindsey Graham apparently wants them made public, while Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell wants to follow protocol and keep them confidential until the committee has had a chance to review.
Either way, it appears there’s a good chance we’ll be welcoming Kavanaugh to the SCOTUS soon enough since the Democrats can’t seem to land a successful smear campaign.