Sen. Feinstein: 'Absolutely' I'd be in favor of re-opening the Kavanaugh investigation if Dems win the Senate

Wednesday, Senator Dianne Feinstein participated in the one and only debate with state Sen. Kevin de León, her challenger in the California Senate race. The debate was really more of a dual interview but one of the questions raised was whether or not Democrats should reopen the investigation into Justice Brett Kavanaugh if Democrats take the Senate. Feinstein’s initial answer was long-winded and not entirely clear. When the moderator asked her a point black follow up question about re-opening an investigation into Kavanaugh, Feinstein replied, “Oh, I’d be in favor of opening up the allegations, absolutely.”

Here’s the debate video cued up to this question:

Sen. Lindsey Graham appeared on Hannity’s show last night and reacted to Feinstein’s statement. “Apparently one kick of a mule is not enough for Senator Feinstein,” Graham said. In other words, there’s some pretty good evidence that the treatment of Kavanaugh by Democrats served to get Republicans worked up prior to the election. Does anyone doubt that relitigating this after Kavanaugh is already on the court would create an even more powerful backlash?

Graham also raised another point worth mentioning. This isn’t just some back-bencher making this statement. If Dems win the Senate, Feinstein would likely become the new chairman of the Judiciary Committee, meaning she’d have the power to actually pursue this. So why aren’t reporters quizzing all of her Democratic colleagues about whether they support this or not? If the party labels were reversed and a Republican had suggested this, there would be reporters chasing GOP senators in the halls to get their take. Shouldn’t we know who agrees with Feinstein before Election Day?

“I think every voter in all these Trump states that have Democratic Senators needs to ask that question. Are you with Dianne or not?” Graham said.

Jazz Shaw Jul 06, 2022 9:01 AM ET