Minority Press

August 14, 2018

Feinstein, Harris, Colleagues Call on DHS Sec Nielsen to Take Immediate Steps to Reunify Families

Washington - Today, Senators Dianne Feinstein, Kamala D. Harris (both D-Calif.) and 15 Senate lawmakers sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen calling for immediate action to reunite the families of 539 immigrant children still in government custody who were separated from their parents at the Southwestern border because of the Trump Administration's ineffective and cruel "zero tolerance" policy. The letter stresses how each passing day that DHS fails … Continue Reading

August 10, 2018

Border Crossing Numbers Highlight Failures of President Trump’s Zero-Tolerance Policy

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the dramatic increase in apprehension rates along the U.S.-Mexico Border compared to this time last year: "Despite the Trump administration's spurious claim that a month-over-month decline in apprehensions along the Southwest border is evidence that his zero-tolerance policy is working, the truth is the newly released numbers reveal just the opposite. "If we look at the complete picture, according to the … Continue Reading

August 10, 2018

Feinstein: Republicans Rushing Supreme Court Hearing to Avoid Transparency

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the Senate Judiciary Committee scheduling confirmation hearings for Brett Kavanaugh in early September, almost two months before his White House records will be available: "It's clear that Republicans want to speed this nomination through before we know who Brett Kavanaugh is. This is not how the Senate should approve a nominee for a lifetime appointment to the highest court in the land. "Scheduling a … Continue Reading

August 08, 2018

Feinstein, Grassley Push for Meaningful Refugee Consultation with Administration

Washington - Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chairman and ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, pressed administration officials on their plan to engage in the statutorily required consultation with Congress on refugee policy. Under current federal law, the administration is required to consult annually before a President can set the refugee admissions cap. Both Democratic and Republican administrations have failed to engage in a meaningful … Continue Reading

August 08, 2018

Senate Judiciary Committee Democrats File Freedom of Information Act Request for Kavanaugh Documents

Washington - In the absence of action by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans to seek the full scope of documents necessary to properly consider Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and every Democratic member of the Senate Judiciary Committee filed several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests today to compel the release of all records involving Brett Kavanaugh … Continue Reading

August 07, 2018

Feinstein to Archivist: Reconsider Withholding Kavanaugh Records

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) this week sent another letter to the Archivist of the United States asking him to reconsider his decision to withhold documents related to the Brett Kavanaugh nomination. "As the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I am alarmed that you would deny Committee Democrats the materials necessary to fulfill their constitutional duty to provide advice and consent, while providing the materials … Continue Reading

August 03, 2018

Feinstein, Grassley Seek Kavanaugh’s Files from Starr Investigation

Washington - Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today requested records from Judge Brett Kavanaugh's work for the Office of Independent Counsel during the Clinton administration. The request comes as the committee continues its review of more than 125,000 pages received yesterday from Judge Brett Kavanaugh's White House work. In a letter today to the National Archives and Records Administration, the senators requested … Continue Reading

August 02, 2018

Feinstein: Kavanuagh Records Must Not Be Hidden From American People

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement after the National Archives said that it would not be able to complete its review of records from two of Brett Kavanaugh's five years in the White House until the end of October: "The National Archives today announced that it would take until the end of October to produce records from Brett Kavanaugh's two years in the White House Counsel's office. … Continue Reading

August 01, 2018

Feinstein Statement on 3D Gun Ruling

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today issued the following statement in response to a federal restraining order barring the publication of 3D gun plans online: "It's good news that a federal judge has temporarily blocked the online publication of 3D gun designs. I applaud the state attorneys general who are working to keep these plans out of the hands of dangerous individuals. "The Trump administration should never have allowed the publication of these plans in the first … Continue Reading

July 31, 2018

Feinstein Speaks on Family Separation Crisis

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today delivered opening remarks on the family separation crisis. "We're here today because the Trump administration has pursued what I believe is a deeply immoral and haphazard policy that fundamentally betrays American values. This administration has elected to engage in the systematic separation of immigrant children from their parents and without any plan to reunite them. Even though we're now months into … Continue Reading

July 31, 2018

Feinstein on Facebook Deleting Election Interference Pages, Accounts

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on Facebook's decision to delete accounts engaging in election interference: "Today's move by Facebook to delete 32 pages and accounts is important. "First, it shows that Russia and other outside actors continue to weaponize social media platforms to foment chaos and sow discord within the United States. "More than 290,000 accounts … Continue Reading

July 31, 2018

Judiciary Democrats Officially Request All Kavanaugh Documents from Archives

Washington-Judiciary Committee Democrats today requested the National Archives provide all records related to Brett Kavanaugh's service in the White House from 2001-2006. The letter is signed by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Chris Coons (D-Del), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.). Their request mirrors the request for … Continue Reading

July 30, 2018


Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the need to review records as part of the vetting process of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court: "Reviewing documents from Supreme Court nominees is a key part of the Senate's 'advice and consent' responsibility. It's a tool that both Republicans and Democrats have insisted on over the years. "Now, Republicans are arguing that Brett … Continue Reading

July 27, 2018

Feinstein to National Archives: Produce Kavanaugh Records Immediately

Washington-In response to an unprecedented letter from the National Archives declining to provide Democrats with records related to Brett Kavanaugh's service as White House staff secretary, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today demanded immediate action to produce the records: Senator Feinstein wrote, "In your letter, you indicate that the authority to make requests under the special access provision of the Presidential Records Act "lies exclusively with … Continue Reading

July 27, 2018

Feinstein, Markey, Colleagues Call on State Department to Reconsider Dangerous 3D Gun Settlement

Washington - Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and a group fo their colleagues called on the State Department to prevent the publication of online blueprints for untraceable, three-dimensional (3D) printable firearms. In a stunning reversal of course last month, the State Department and the Justice Department agreed to a settlement with Defense Distributed that would allow anyone, including criminals and even terrorists, to download blueprints for the 3D printing … Continue Reading

July 26, 2018

Feinstein: Staff Secretary Documents Critical to Understand Kavanaugh Record

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on the need to see all documents related to Brett Kavanaugh's career: "As staff secretary, Brett Kavanaugh was one of the most senior White House advisors, and he had a broad influence over policy matters. Documents from his time as staff secretary are critical to understanding his knowledge of and involvement with torture, warrantless wiretapping and the use of signing … Continue Reading

July 26, 2018

On Deadline Day to Reunite Separated Families, Feinstein, Durbin, Colleagues Call for Investigation of "Zero Tolerance" Immigration Policy

Washington -Today, Ranking Member on the Judiciary Committee Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Democratic Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) along with 29 other senators, sent a letter to Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General Michael Horowitz calling for an investigation into DOJ's role in the creation and implementation of the Trump Administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General and the Department of Health and Human Services … Continue Reading

July 25, 2018

Feinstein Statement on Republican Effort to Impeach Rosenstein

Washington-Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on House Republicans' effort to impeach Rod Rosenstein: "There are no grounds for House Republicans to impeach Rod Rosenstein. He's well-respected and doing his job overseeing the Mueller investigation. "Trying to remove Rod Rosenstein from the Justice Department for failing to disclose sources, methods and evidence from an open criminal investigation is beyond the pale. … Continue Reading

July 24, 2018

Senators Press DOJ on New Criminal Division Head’s Ethics Agreements, Recusals

Washington - Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and a group of their Democratic collegues on the Senate Judiciary and Intelligence Committees in asking leaders at the Department of Justice to detail the ethical agreements binding the newly confirmed head of the Department's Criminal Division, Brian Benczkowski. The information would shed light on whether Benczkowski-a nominee noted as uniquely underqualified, who served as an aide to … Continue Reading

July 24, 2018

Feinstein Statement on Kavanaugh Documents

Washington-Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) today released the following statement on Brett Kavanaugh's documents: "Brett Kavanaugh has been nominated to a lifetime appointment on the highest court in the land. For Republicans to suggest that records related to his position as White House staff secretary aren't relevant to the committee's review of his nomination is distressing. Once again Republicans are changing the rules because of who sits in the White House. … Continue Reading

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