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Kavanaugh Denies Sexual Misconduct Allegation

Senator Dianne Feinstein has notified federal investigators about information concerning an allegation of sexual misconduct against the Supreme Court nominee

The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings this week for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings last week for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh denied Friday a sexual misconduct allegation from when he was in high school.

Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein said Thursday she notified federal investigators about information she received —which she didn’t disclose publicly— concerning Kavanaugh. Feinstein added the person who provided the information “strongly requested confidentiality.”

A Senate Democratic aide and another person familiar with the matter said it referred to an incident that occurred while Kavanaugh was high-school age.

The FBI included the information in Kavanaugh’s background file, which is maintained as part of his nomination. The agency says that’s standard process.

In a statement issued Friday, Kavanaugh said the following: “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

The New Yorker reported the alleged incident took place at a party when Kavanaugh was attending Georgetown Preparatory School. The woman making the allegation attended a nearby school.

The magazine says the woman sent a letter about the allegation to Democrats.

A Democratic aide and another person familiar with the letter confirmed to the Associated Press that the allegation is sexual in nature. They were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Rallying to Kavanaugh’s defense, 65 women who knew Kavanaugh in high school issued a letter saying he has “always treated women with decency and respect.”

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