For the past several weeks, Democrats and their liberal media allies have publicly excoriated Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh over a number of uncorroborated allegations and unverifiable rumors of criminal wrongdoing, essentially convicting and sentencing him to political death in the court of public opinion.
Obviously intent on derailing Kavanaugh’s nomination by creating a massive public outcry and rendering him toxic to moderate Republicans, Democrats had no problems whatsoever in publicly discussing every sordid detail of the allegations and smears hurled at the previously spotless nominee.
Yet in spite of the blatant attempts to assassinate his character and destroy him politically, Kavanaugh managed to clear the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday, with the condition that the FBI open a limited investigation into the several allegations lodged against him.
All indications thus far from that investigation suggest that nothing new will be found to stop Kavanaugh from being confirmed, and now Democrats suddenly want to ensure that any new information discovered about Kavanaugh is kept secret so only members of the Senate and select staffers will be permitted to see what the FBI produces after concluding the probe.
.@SenFeinstein indicates that the FBI report on Kavanaugh should NOT be made public: “It would seem to me that if people are going to be identified this ought to be held very close and not."
"I think the investigation ought to be closely held," she reiterated.
— Elizabeth Landers (@ElizLanders) October 2, 2018
CNN reporter Elizabeth Landers noted as much in a tweet quoting committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein. Landers tweeted, “(Feinstein) indicates that the FBI report on Kavanaugh should NOT be made public: ‘It would seem to me that if people are going to be identified this ought to be held very close and not. I think the investigation ought to be closely held,’ she (Feinstein) reiterated.”
Funny, Feinstein didn’t seem all that concerned about keeping people’s identities “closely held” when the letter sent to her from Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford was leaked to the media, nor did she exhibit any such concern when she publicly spoke about some of the other individuals named by Ford, or the other accusers who have popped out of the woodwork in Ford’s wake.
A CNN report noted that Feinstein has demanded the FBI inform her of everyone the agency is talking to as part of its probe into the Kavanaugh allegations, and said, “And of course, it would be given to us on a classified basis but at least we would know.”
Asked how the American public will have any confidence in the ultimate conclusions reached by the Senate following such a secret report from the FBI, Feinstein replied, “Well, let’s see … I can’t say because I don’t know what the investigation will say.”
Nor is Feinstein alone, as an update to that same CNN article reported that the California senator was joined in her call for the results of the FBI probe to remain secret by Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware.
“I think that the work product of the FBI should be kept confidential to the Senate, but all senators should be able to review it,” Coons told reporters.
“That’s typically what’s the case in any background investigation, the FBI delivers investigatory work — facts, not conclusions — and then senators review those files. But those are committee confidential files typically,” he added.
Also “typical” would be for the Senate Judiciary Committee to quietly investigate allegations against a nominee by itself, without dumping all of the disgusting details into public view via a coordinated media campaign. But there isn’t much in Washington, D.C. these days that is “typical” anymore.
Further updates to that CNN article indicated that the dispute over whether the FBI probe into the Kavanaugh allegations had crossed the aisle to the Republican side as well, as South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham called for the final report to be made public in its entirety while Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the report would be handled in the usual manner, distributed to senators so only they and select staff members can read it.
Democrats like Feinstein and Coons had no problem making all of the details of the allegations against Kavanaugh public when they thought doing so would succeed in derailing his nomination, but now that it looks like Kavanaugh will survive the smears and be confirmed to the Supreme Court, they want to keep any exonerating information secret from the public.
If that doesn’t add to the damning evidence suggesting this whole charade was intended solely to scuttle Kavanaugh’s nomination, rather than get to the truth of the allegations against him, then seemingly nothing else will.