Minority Press

November 13, 2018

Feinstein Calls for Judiciary Committee Hearings with Whitaker, Sessions

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to quickly call committee hearings with Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Full text of the letter calling for a committee hearing with Whitaker is available here. In that letter, Feinstein wrote: "The circumstances surrounding Attorney General Sessions' departure raise serious questions, including whether the … Continue Reading


November 07, 2018

Feinstein on Firing of Jeff Sessions

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions: "By firing Attorney General Sessions, the president has made abundantly clear that he'll take any action he can to undermine the Mueller investigation. "Rod Rosenstein has been capably overseeing Robert Mueller's work and should continue in that role. No one who lacks Senate confirmation should be placed in charge of this … Continue Reading


October 11, 2018

Feinstein on Ninth Circuit Nominees

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement on President Trump's Ninth Circuit nominees for California: "I repeatedly told the White House I wanted to reach an agreement on a package of 9th Circuit nominees, but last night the White House moved forward without consulting me, picking controversial candidates from its initial list and another individual with no judicial experience who had not previously been … Continue Reading


October 06, 2018

Feinstein Statement on Kavanaugh Confirmation

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court: "The confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh shifts the Supreme Court far to the right, putting women's reproductive rights, civil rights, environmental protections, worker's rights, the ability to implement gun safety rules and the ability to hold presidents accountable at risk for a generation. "President Trump pledged to … Continue Reading


October 05, 2018

Feinstein Speaks Against Kavanaugh Nomination

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today delivered remarks on the Senate floor against the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court: "This has been my ninth Supreme Court nomination hearing, and I must say I've never experienced anything like this. Never before have we had a Supreme Court nominee where over 90 percent of his record has been hidden from the public and the Senate. Never before … Continue Reading


October 04, 2018

Feinstein on FBI Investigation: Incomplete, Limited

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today delivered the following remarks on the FBI's supplemental background investigation of sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh: "At 9 a.m. this morning my staff and I reviewed the FBI's report into sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. Let me be clear: I can't talk about the details because this remains a confidential part of the background report. I … Continue Reading


October 04, 2018

Judiciary Committee Democrats: Missing Witnesses, Constraints Undermine FBI’s Kavanaugh Investigation

Washington-All 10 Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today released the following joint statement on the FBI's supplemental investigation of sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh: "The documents delivered by the FBI suggest this investigation was controlled and directed by the White House. "It is impossible to take this investigation seriously when so many key witnesses-including Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford themselves-were not … Continue Reading


October 03, 2018

Feinstein Statement on ‘Appalling’ Republican Attacks on Sexual Assault Survivors

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement: "The president's attacks on Dr. Blasey Ford last night were appalling. He sent a clear message to victims of sexual assault that they should not be believed. President Trump's attacks are even more cruel when you consider that Dr. Blasey Ford specifically recalled the pain of Brett Kavanaugh and Mark Judge laughing at her. "Dr. Blasey Ford's life has been turned upside … Continue Reading


October 03, 2018

Feinstein: Investigation Not Credible Without Ford, Kavanaugh Interviews

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after the White House confirmed that Dr. Blasey Ford and Judge Kavanaugh would not be interviewed as part of the FBI background investigation: "The White House confirmation that it will not allow the FBI to interview Dr. Blasey Ford, Judge Kavanaugh or witnesses identified by Deborah Ramirez raises serious concerns that this is not a credible investigation and begs the … Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Senate Democrats: FBI Must Investigate All Credible Allegations of Sexual Assault Against Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Washington - Following reports that the White House is limiting the scope of the investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) wrote White House Counsel Don McGahn and FBI Director Christopher Wray … Continue Reading


October 01, 2018

Feinstein Statement on Blasey Ford Letter

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on claims she leaked the letter from Dr. Blasey Ford: "President Trump and Senate Republicans are trying to deflect attention from Brett Kavanaugh's sexual assault allegations by saying my staff or I leaked the letter from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford-they're wrong. "The timeline is clear: I referred the un-redacted letter to the FBI on September 12. That night the FBI added a … Continue Reading


September 30, 2018

Feinstein to White House, FBI: Release Scope of Kavanaugh Investigation

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today called on the White House and the FBI to provide the written directive regarding the supplemental background investigation of Brett Kavanaugh so the scope of the investigation can be understood. She also asked for updates on any expansion of the original directive. Full text of the letter follows: September 30, 2018 Donald F. McGahn, IICounsel to the PresidentThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Ave … Continue Reading


September 28, 2018

Feinstein Speaks on Republican Decision to Ignore Blasey Ford Testimony

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today delivered opening remarks on Republicans' decision to ignore Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's credible testimony and rush through the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh: "I'm very disappointed that we're here today voting on this nomination, especially in light of the testimony that we heard just yesterday. My Republican colleagues spent their time at the hearing focused exclusively on partisanship and … Continue Reading


September 27, 2018

Feinstein Statement on Handling of Kavanaugh Sexual Battery Allegations

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement: "The constant drumbeat by Republicans that sexual battery allegations against Brett Kavanaugh were mishandled is clearly an effort to discredit the women who have come forward over the past couple weeks. "Dr. Blasey Ford asked that her information be kept confidential, and it was. I only referred her letter to the FBI after it was leaked and … Continue Reading


September 27, 2018

Feinstein Speaks on Brett Kavanaugh’s Credibility and Character

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today delivered opening remarks on Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegations of sexual assault against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. An excerpt from her remarks follows: "We're here to decide whether to elevate this nominee to the most prestigious court in our country. It is about the integrity of that institution and the integrity of this institution. The entire country is watching how we handle these … Continue Reading


September 26, 2018

Judiciary Committee Democrats to Grassley: Postpone Hearing, Support FBI Investigation

Washington-Following the release of a sworn affidavit from Julie Swetnick detailing new allegations of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, all 10 Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today urged Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to postpone tomorrow's hearing and Friday's vote and support an FBI investigation of all allegations. The senators wrote: "The Senate Judiciary Committee is not a court of law. Our job is not to determine whether Brett Kavanaugh is … Continue Reading


September 26, 2018

Judiciary Committee Democrats to Trump: Withdraw Kavanaugh Nomination, Order FBI Investigation

Washington-Following the release of a sworn affidavit from Julie Swetnick detailing new allegations of sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh, all 10 Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today urged President Trump to immediately withdraw the nomination or order an FBI investigation into all allegations. The senators wrote: "We are writing to request that you immediately withdraw the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court or direct … Continue Reading


September 25, 2018

Feinstein Statement on Scheduling of Kavanaugh Vote for Friday

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after Republicans scheduled a vote on Brett Kavanaugh for Friday morning: "For Republicans to schedule a Friday vote on Brett Kavanaugh today, two days before Dr. Blasey Ford has had a chance to tell her story, is outrageous. "First Republicans demanded Dr. Blasey Ford testify immediately. Now Republicans don't even need to hear her before they move ahead with a … Continue Reading


September 23, 2018

Feinstein Calls for Postponement of Kavanaugh Nomination, Renews Call for FBI Investigation

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today sent a letter to Chairman Chuck Grassley calling for an immediate postponement of the Brett Kavanaugh nomination. "I am writing to request an immediate postponement of any further proceedings related to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh," Feinstein wrote. "I also ask that the newest allegations of sexual misconduct be referred to the FBI for investigation, and that you join our request for the … Continue Reading


September 21, 2018

Judiciary Committee Democrats to Grassley: Learn from Past Mistakes

Washington-All 10 Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee today urged Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to learn from mistakes made during the Anita Hill hearings and outlined steps the committee should take to ensure a thorough investigation of Dr. Blasey Ford's allegations and fair hearing. The senators wrote: "The parallels between 1991 and 2018 are undeniable. Both episodes have prompted the country to engage in serious conversations about sexual assault and … Continue Reading

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