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Feinstein: I did not hide the allegations or leak Ford’s letter
Senator Dianne Feinstein confronted by senators Cruz and Cornyn during the trial, as Dr. Christine Ford-the letter was leaked to the public.
Senate judiciary Committee ranking member Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Thursday denied that her office Christine Blasey Ford s letter plays Brett Kavanaugh, of the sexual assault accused in the media earlier this month.
“I don’t think my staff would leak it,” Feinstein said in response to a question from Senate majority whip John Cornyn, R-Texas. “I have not asked the question directly.”
To advise after a pause, apparently to you, with your staff, Feinstein said Cornyn: “The answer is no.”
“Well, someone leaked, if it was not you,” Cornyn replied.
“Well, I’ll tell you, I don’t,” said Feinstein, who added: “It is my understanding that [Ford] was the story leaked before the letter was public, and you testified that you had spoken to your friends about it, and it is very likely that this is how this story leaked … But it didn’t leak from us, I can assure you of that.”
The exchange between Feinstein and Cornyn was followed by a statement of sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, the defendants Feinstein and the Committee Democrats put Kavanaugh a “deeply unfair process.”
“This Committee could have been these requirements in a confidential manner, said Dr. Ford’s privacy is respected,” Cruz. “The only people who would have published the letters were either the ranking member, and their employees or [Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., who forwarded Ford’s letter to Feinstein.]”
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The existence of Ford-the letter to Feinstein, who claims that Kavanaugh had sexually abused had been abused, first reported by the website The Intercept on Sept. 12. To said time, Feinstein, Ford had “urgently requested confidentiality … and I’m honored that decision.”
Nor will you or your employees leak the existence of the letter to The Intercept. According to our history, they turned to the FBI” that it was in his background file, which meant that it is widely available, and soon after leaked on CNN
— Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) September 27, 2018
Intercept reporter Ryan Grim, who broke the story of Ford’s letter, tweeted: “Feinstein’s staff not to leak the letter to The Intercept.
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“Yet you or your staff have added to leak the existence of the letter to the Interception,” Grim. “According to our history, they turned to the FBI” that it is in his background file, which meant that it is widely available, and soon after it was leaked to CNN.”
Ford went public with her claim in a Washington Post article Sept published. 16. The Post reported that the letter had been read aloud, was its reporter, although it was unclear by whom.
After the hearing, Feinstein in a statement, their actions defended.
“Dr. Blasey Ford requested that their information be kept confidential, and it was,” she said. “I have only your letter mentioned in the FBI, after it was leaked and the Reporter knocking on your door. I don’t know who leaked the information, but it was not my office.”