House conservatives want ethics probe into Dems' handling of Kavanaugh allegations

House conservatives want ethics probe into Dems' handling of Kavanaugh allegations
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A group of House conservatives is pushing the House and Senate Ethics committees to launch investigations into Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinNames to watch as Trump picks Ginsburg replacement on Supreme Court McConnell says Trump nominee to replace Ginsburg will get Senate vote Top Democrats call for DOJ watchdog to probe Barr over possible 2020 election influence MORE’s (D-Calif.) handling of Christine Blasey Ford’s letter detailing her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

In letters sent to Sens. Johnny IsaksonJohnny IsaksonGeorgia GOP Senate candidates cite abortion in pushing Ginsburg replacement Loeffler: Trump 'has every right' to fill Ginsburg vacancy before election Bottom line MORE (R-Ga.) and Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsMurkowski: Supreme Court nominee should not be taken up before election Battle lines drawn on precedent in Supreme Court fight Sunday shows - Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death dominates MORE (D-Del.) and Reps. Susan BrooksSusan Wiant BrooksHouse Democrats' campaign arm reserves .6M in ads in competitive districts Stefanik credits Trump for spike in GOP women running for office DCCC reserves new ad buys in competitive districts, adds new members to 'Red to Blue' program MORE (R-Ind.) and Ted DeutchTheodore (Ted) Eliot DeutchShakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' Florida Democrat introduces bill to recognize Puerto Rico statehood referendum Matt Gaetz, Roger Stone back far-right activist Laura Loomer in congressional bid MORE (D-Fla.) — the chairs and ranking members of their respective panels — the lawmakers argued it’s pivotal they find out how Ford’s confidential letter was leaked and why it was hidden from the majority staff of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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“Dr. Ford testified that she delivered a letter to Rep. Eshoo who forwarded it to Senator Feinstein on July 30, 2018 detailing allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” the letter reads. “In that letter, Dr. Ford asked that her identity remain confidential. The next day, Senator Feinstein confirmed that she would not share Dr. Ford’s letter without her explicit consent. On September 12, 2018, The Intercept reported on the existence of the letter – a fact that was known only to Dr. Ford, Representative Eshoo, and Senator Feinstein. On September 13, 2018, Senator Feinstein referred the letter to the FBI.”

The group, led by Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.), noted Feinstein said she didn’t disclose Ford’s letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP set to release controversial Biden report McConnell locks down key GOP votes in Supreme Court fight Senate Republicans face tough decision on replacing Ginsburg MORE (R-Iowa) because Ford requested it remain private.

“Leaking Dr. Ford’s letter was a cynically political act that is damaging to the credibility of the United States Congress. Deliberately outing Dr. Ford without her consent may have a lasting impact on women’s willingness to report future assaults,” they continued.

“Democratic members of Congress and their staffs placed political expediency above the wishes of Dr. Ford. For these reasons, I am calling for an immediate ethics investigation to identify the individuals who are responsible for this breach and take appropriate action.”

In addition to Biggs, GOP Reps. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingGOP leader: 'There is no place for QAnon in the Republican Party' Loomer win creates bigger problem for House GOP Win by QAnon believer creates new headaches for House GOP MORE (Iowa), Jeff DuncanJeffrey (Jeff) Darren DuncanGOP lawmaker calls for Confederate portrait to be put back in Capitol Rep. Banks launches bid for RSC chairman Republicans push for help for renewable energy, fossil fuel industries MORE (S.C.), Bob GibbsRobert (Bob) Brian GibbsOcasio-Cortez, Tlaib propose amendment to defund administration of 'opportunity zone' program House conservatives want ethics probe into Dems' handling of Kavanaugh allegations Judge rules against Trump attempt to delay Obama water rule MORE (Ohio), Ralph NormanRalph Warren NormanHouse Dems introduce bill to require masks on planes and in airports Bipartisan bill introduced to require TSA to take temperature checks House Republicans urge White House to support TSA giving travelers temperature checks MORE (S.C.), Rod Blum (Iowa) and Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertRep. Dan Meuser tests positive for COVID-19 Watchdog calls for probe into Gohmert 'disregarding public health guidance' on COVID-19 Massie plans to donate plasma after testing positive for COVID-19 antibodies MORE (Texas) signed on to the letter.

Republicans in both chambers have been highly critical of Democrats handling of the allegations, arguing Democrats withheld the information until the eleventh hour.

A Senate vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation has been delayed by one week while the FBI investigates sexual misconduct allegations leveled against him by Ford and other women. 

He has denied all the accusations.