Continetti: Democrats Want to Delay Kavanaugh Vote Until After Election

• September 13, 2018 9:16 pm


Washington Free Beacon editor in chief Matthew Continetti said Thursday that Senate Democrats have a strategy to delay a vote on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until after the 2018 midterm elections.

"I think the Democrats' strategy has been clear since day one when they began interrupting the hearings," Continetti said on Fox News' "Special Report."

"They [Senate Democrats] want to delay the vote," he continued. "They want to delay this nomination, hopefully past, from their point of view, past the election, and then if the Democrats have a good election, then they can say, ‘Well, look, we delayed him to this point, we just won the election, we shouldn't seat him at all.' This has been the strategy from day one."

Continetti's comments came amid a discussion on a statement released by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D., Calif.) earlier in the day.

"I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court," Feinstein said. "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."

There is speculation that Feinstein is referring to a secret letter that she received in July, Fox News reported. The letter concerns an incident between Kavanaugh, 53, and a woman while they were in high school, according to reports. Two anonymous sources told the New York Times that the incident involved possible sexual misconduct.

The letter was referred to the FBI for investigation.

A spokesperson for Sen. Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said there is no plan to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation.

White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec called Feinstein's statement a last minute attack on Kavanaugh.

"Throughout his confirmation process, Judge Kavanaugh has had 65 meetings with senators—including with Senator Feinstein—sat through over 30 hours of testimony, addressed over 2,000 questions in a public setting and additional questions in a confidential session," Kupec said. "Not until the eve of his confirmation has Sen. Feinstein or anyone raised the specter of new ‘information' about him."