During Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing concerning dubious and uncorroborated sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Senator Diane Feinstein squirmed when hit with questioning regarding the initial leak of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation to the press, which reports indicate came from Feinstein’s staff.
After going back and forth as to whether she ever even asked her staff about the leak, Feinstein ultimately placed the blame for the leak on Dr. Ford, the alleged victim.
“I was given some information by a woman who was very much afraid, who asked that it be held confidential, and I held it confidential until she decided that she would come forward,” stated the senator.
Cornyn: Do you know that? I mean, how in the world would that get in the hands of the press –?
Feinstein: The answer is no. The staff said that they did not.
Cornyn: Have you asked your staff, or other staffers of the Judiciary Committee?
Feinstein: I just did. … Jennifer reminds me I’ve asked her before about it. And that’s true.
Cornyn: Well, somebody leaked it if it wasn’t you.
Feinstein: Well, I’m telling you it was not — I did not. I was asked to keep it confidential. And I was criticized for that, too.