Leading Senate Democrat Diane Feinstein admitted Wednesday, “I can’t say everything’s truthful. I don’t know” regarding the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The remark left many scratching their heads about why the Senator introduced the claim to begin with–without first verifying that the allegation was anything more than a salacious attempt to derail the nomination.
Fox News reports:
Feinstein, who has vouched for Ford’s credibility, also admitted she could not verify that Ford’s allegations were entirely true.
“I have no say, I’m the lead Democrat. … I think it’s really too bad that no one called her, or called her lawyer,” Feinstein, D-Calif., told Fox News on Tuesday. “My understanding is she got emails. This is a woman who has been profoundly impacted by this. Now, I can’t say everything’s truthful. I don’t know. But I do know that you’ve got to contact her lawyers.” Ford’s attorney, Debra Katz, did not respond to Fox News’ requests for comment Tuesday.
Late Tuesday, Ford broke her silence and said the FBI should investigate her accusations before she testifies before the Senate, saying she felt some senators had already pre-judged her case. The development throws the entire hearing into doubt: Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley had threatened to nix the proceeding if Ford refused to participate.
In a letter to Grassley, Ford’s attorneys demanded a “full investigation by law enforcement officials” which they say “will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions.”
The accuser has refused to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing as scheduled on Monday.