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Senate Democrats have referred "information concerning the nomination" of Brett Kavanaugh to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, they said Thursday, and called for the Judiciary Committee to delay a vote.

The documents had been turned over from President George W. Bush's presidential library to the Senate Judiciary Committee on condition they be limited to senators' eyes, The Washington Times reported, noting some were already cleared for release by the committee.

"This has all the indicators of an 11th-hour character assassination and a desperate attempt to delay and defeat the nomination of Judge Kavanaugh, who has a sterling reputation in his community, his profession, his church and among hundreds of friends, colleagues and co-workers", she said in a statement.

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies during the third day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., September 6, 2018.

Feinstein did not disclose the contents of the letter when pressed on Thursday and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said he had not seen it.

Kavanaugh's explanation for the encounter with Fred Guttenberg- captured in an Associated Press photo that went viral on social media - was among a 263-page response to written questions from senators on a range of issues including abortion, executive power and his personal finances.

Pressed by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., if he had asked police to intervene, Kavanaugh wrote, "No". He did not immediately respond to request for comment from TIME.

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"There's no plan to change the committee's consideration of Judge Kavanaugh's nomination", Hartmann said in a statement.

"Senator Schumer promised to 'oppose Judge Kavanaugh's nomination with everything I have, ' and it appears he is delivering with this 11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation", Kupec said. He says the documents about Kavanaugh's work "raise more serious and concerning questions" about his honesty during his testimony before the committee.

Last night, Judge Brett Kavanaugh submitted his written responses to questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee (also known as "Questions for the Record" or "QFRs").

"Not until the eve of his confirmation has Senator Feinstein or anyone raised the spectre of new "information" about him". "It's unnecessary and dilatory, especially when many have already made a decision to vote against Judge Kavanaugh", Grassley said in a statement.

"The letter took a circuitous route to Feinstein", noted Grim, who reported that the document was "relayed to someone affiliated with Stanford University, who authored the letter and sent it to Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat who represents the area".

The panel will vote next week on whether to recommend Kavanaugh for confirmation. He said senators have "more than enough information" to consider Kavanaugh's nomination.


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