Can you say “diversion?”
Courtesy of Politico:
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office will be investigated to determine if it leaked a confidential letter from one of Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers, Sen. Tom Cotton said Sunday.
Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, also said lawyers recommended to Christine Blasey Ford by Democrats will face a Washington, D.C., Bar investigation for telling her that committee staffers would not travel to California to interview her about her alleged assault.
“They have betrayed her,” Cotton said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “She has been victimized by Democrats … on a search-and-destroy mission for Brett Kavanaugh.”
He also said Democrats would be at fault if women become less likely to report sexual assaults now because they did not keep Ford’s request confidential, as she had asked.
Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, had received a letter from Ford some months ago describing the incident with Kavanaugh, but had kept the material confidential, as requested in the letter. At some point, information about Ford was leaked to the press, though Feinstein denied that she or her office were responsible.
Okay but here’s the thing.
According to the editor of The Intercept, that news outlet that first published Ford’s letter, it did NOT come from Feinstein or her people.
Nor did she or her staff leak the existence of the letter to The Intercept. After our story, she turned it over to the FBI, which placed it in his background file, which meant that it became widely available and soon after it was leaked to CNN
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) September 27, 2018
So to be clear, according to the editor of The Intercept, the letter only got leaked after it was placed in Kavanaugh’s background file, which would have also made it available to the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee.
Now keep in mind that in an earlier story by The Intercept it was revealed that Feinstein was so protective of Dr. Ford’s identity that she even refused to allow her fellow Democrats on the Judiciary Committee see the letter.
So then why would SHE later be the one to out the woman whose identity she fought so hard to protect?
That makes no sense.
But since when does critical thinking every enter into any decision being made by today’s Republican politicians?
Last night Feinstein must have heard about this bullshit and sent out this tweet.
From the moment I received Dr. Ford’s letter my actions have been consistent with her wishes. We kept her letter confidential and did not leak the contents or its existence to anyone. Survivors have a right to decide how their stories are made public. pic.twitter.com/mETU5B3RE2
— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) September 29, 2018
I believe her.