Shortly after The New Yorker published Deborah Ramirez's story detailing Judge Brett Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault against her, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) sent a letter to Chairman Chuck Grassley urging him to stop all confirmation proceedings. She also wants the FBI to investigate Ramirez and Ford's accusations.
Here's the letter:
September 23, 2018
Honorable Charles Grassley
Committee on the Judiciary
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
Dear Chairman Grassley:
I am writing to request an immediate postponement of any further proceedings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh. I also ask that the newest allegations of sexual misconduct be referred to the FBI for investigation and that you join our request for the White House to direct the FBI to investigate the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford as well as these new claims.
Today, Deborah Ramirez came forward with serious allegations of sexual misconduct by Judge Kavanuagh. The New Yorker article recounting her experience states that there are witnesses who can corroborate her claims and who challenge Mr. Judge's account. An investigation needs to be conducted as part of Judge Kavanaugh's background investigation by career professional at the FBI – not partisan staff of the Committee. We need a fair, independent process that will gather all of the facts, interview all the relevant witnesses, and ensure the Committee receives a full and impartial report. Should the White House continue to refuse to direct the FBI to do its job, the Committee must subpoena all relevant witnesses.
It is time to set politics aside. We must ensure that a thorough and fair investigation is conducted before moving forward.
Feinstein then took to Twitter to reiterate her position:
Thursday's hearing should be canceled in light of a disturbing new allegation of sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh. The FBI must investigate ALL allegations.— Sen Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) September 24, 2018