Congressional Staffer Notes that Two Key Dems Did Not Sign Durbin's Letter to Grassley

Posted: Oct 04, 2018 9:25 AM
Congressional Staffer Notes that Two Key Dems Did Not Sign Durbin's Letter to Grassley

UPDATE: Sen. Coons told press Thursday morning that he is now on board with Durbin's letter.


Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) was one of eight Democrats to send a letter to Chairman Chuck Grassley claiming that the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee sent inaccurate tweets about the FBI's previous six background checks into Judge Kavanaugh. The committee noted that nothing ever came up in those investigations to suggest Kavanaugh had a history of sexual assault or alcohol abuse, to which Durbin replied:

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) was a deer in headlights Wednesday night when CNN anchor Chris Cuomo questioned him about Durbin's surprise claim.

“While we are limited in what we can say about this background investigation in a public setting, we are compelled to state for the record that there is information in the second post that is not accurate,” the Democrats' letter reads.

"What information?" Cuomo wondered. "And why is this coming out now?"

"I don't know," Coons said. "When was this published Chris?"

Cuomo explained the letter came out recently.

"I will have to go look at what it is that Sen. Durbin has posted and what he is implying here," Coons noted. Perhaps his fellow Democrats have incriminating knowledge he is "unaware of," Coons added.

Presumably, Coons's confusion means that Sen. Durbin didn't tell him about their latest letter to McConnell. Matt Wolking, a communications aide in Congress, said there's "zero chance" of that being true. 

He noted an interesting fact: Coons was one of two Democrats on the panel who declined to sign the letter.

Wolking wasn't the only one to suggest that Coons and Klobuchar declined to add their signatures because the allegations in the letter were a bit farfetched.

The committee is currently reviewing the findings of the FBI's seventh investigation into Kavanaugh.