(Updates with Kavanaugh's statement)
Unable so far to block Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation with parliamentary maneuvers, Senate Democrats are stooping to good, old-fashioned smear tactics.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) announced on Thursday that she's siccing the FBI on Kavanaugh, but she won't say why -- or on whose behalf she supposedly is acting.
Here's the statement she posted on her website Thursday:
Press reports say the letter -- from whomever -- talks about something that supposedly happened between Kavanaugh and a woman when they were in high school.
According to the New York Post, the letter came up at a meeting of Judiciary Committee Democrats on Wednesday, as they mulled their dwindling options to torpedo President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court.
As the Post reported, Feinstein has known about the letter for months: "DiFi mentioned a confidential letter she’d received over the summer -- and by the next day the partisans had made the core facts public. In the letter, originally sent to Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), a woman allegedly claims she was the victim of some Kavanaugh 'sexual misconduct' back in high school."
The newspaper said Feinstein did not show the letter to her fellow committee Democrats, but they pushed her to contact federal investigators and they also "sank to a new low," as the Post put it, by making the letter's existence public.
The Guardian newspapeer, quoting an unnamed source, said Kavanaugh and a male friend -- during a party when they were 17 -- had locked a girl in a room against her will, "making her feel threatened, but she was able to get out of the room." The Guardian said it has not verified the apparent claim in the letter.
Other reports said the unnamed woman accuses Kavanaugh of forcing himself on her.
“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” Kavanaugh said in a statement Friday.
Not a single Democrat on the Judiciary Committee intends to vote in favor of Kavanaugh's confirmation, yet they continue to demand every document that ever crossed Kavanaugh's desk during his time in the Bush White House -- millions of documents -- in an attempt to delay his confirmation. So far, those efforts have not worked.
Republican committee member John Cornyn (R-Texas) tweeted about the letter on Thursday:
"Let me get this straight: this is statement about secret letter regarding a secret matter and an unidentified person. Right," Cornyn wrote.
"I will add: the FBI already performed and has reported on a background investigation on the nominee and this has been made available to all Senators on the Judiciary Committee," Cornyn said in a second tweet.