GOP senator on sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh: If Dems were serious about it, they should have told us

GOP senator on sexual misconduct allegation against Kavanaugh: If Dems were serious about it, they should have told us
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Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) on Sunday questioned the timing of a letter surfacing from Senate Democrats this week that reportedly details sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Kennedy took aim at Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinBuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president The Hill's Morning Report — Shutdown fallout — economic distress Feinstein grappling with vote on AG nominee Barr MORE (D-Calif.) on "Fox News Sunday," saying that Feinstein — who reportedly received the letter in July — "said nothing" of the letter for months, including during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing last week.

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"Nothing. Zero. Nada. Zilch. She didn’t say anything in the confirmation hearings. She didn’t say anything in our confidential session with Judge Kavanaugh," Kennedy said. “And now after it’s all over, she produces the letter."

“They’ve had this stuff for three months," he added. "If they were serious about it, they should’ve told us about it.”

Kennedy went on to say that he thought most Americans learning of the allegation will think "that Congress has hit rock bottom and started to dig."

The letter, first reported Wednesday, alleges an incident between Kavanaugh and an unknown woman when the two were in high school. The letter was reportedly first given to Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.).

Feinstein has declined to answer questions about the letter's contents, since it came to light. A spokesperson for Feinstein said Friday that the California senator said the woman who accused Kavanaugh "did not want this information to be public." Feinstein received the information "through a third party," the spokesperson said.

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

Kavanaugh on Friday said he "categorically and unequivocally" denies the allegation. His denial came one day after Senate Democrats said they had referred the incident to the FBI, which confirmed that it received the letter on Thursday.

Kennedy on Sunday said he wasn't sure how Feinstein and other Democrats expect Republicans to handle the allegation.

“This new allegation, I don’t know what our Democratic friends expect us to do," he said. "What do they want us to do? We got a letter, but it’s secret. We don’t know who wrote it.”