Bill Maher dismisses Kavanaugh sexual misconduct allegation: ‘I think it makes us look bad’

Bill Maher dismisses Kavanaugh sexual misconduct allegation: ‘I think it makes us look bad’
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HBO host Bill Maher, a prominent critic of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate GOP budget ignores Trump, cuts defense Trump says he'll nominate Stephen Moore to Fed White House: ISIS territory in Syria has been 100 percent eliminated MORE, dismissed Brett Kavanaugh as a Supreme Court nominee this week but said publicizing anonymous accusations against him dating back to high school make critics "look bad."

“Now they’re coming at him with this accusation from someone anonymous who said that he was at a party … but sexual assault in high school from an anonymous source, I think it makes us look bad,” he said on Friday's “Real Time with Bill Maher.” 

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The New Yorker reported Friday details of a letter disclosed to Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGOP lawmaker offers constitutional amendment capping Supreme Court seats at 9 Overnight Energy: Judge halts drilling on Wyoming public lands over climate change | Dems demand details on Interior's offshore drilling plans | Trump mocks wind power Dem senators demand offshore drilling info before Bernhardt confirmation hearing MORE (D-Calif.) from a woman who says that Kavanaugh “held her down and that he attempted to force himself on her” at a party in the early 1980s. 

Kavanaugh denied the allegations, saying, “I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” in a statement provided by the White House. 

Feinstein, who is the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she wanted to make the information public, but the woman involved in the incident did not want details to be publicly disclosed. She received the information “through a third party,” according to a spokesman. 

"The senator took these allegations seriously and believed they should be public. However, the woman in question made it clear she did not want this information to be public," the spokesman said.

"It is critical in matters of sexual misconduct to protect the identity of the victim when they wish to remain anonymous, and the senator did so in this case," he added.

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Health Care: Senators seek CBO input on preventing surprise medical bills | Oversight panel seeks OxyContin documents | Pharmacy middlemen to testify on prices | Watchdog warns air ambulances can put patients at 'financial risk' Drug prices are a matter of life and death Senate panel to hear from pharmacy middlemen on drug prices MORE (R-Iowa) responded by releasing a letter signed by 65 women who knew Kavanaugh in high school and vouched for his character.