OAKLAND, Calif. – Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat to the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Saturday that this vetting process for the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court are going to be “incredibly difficult,” and this her staff is reading nearly 1 million documents she said could give red-state Democrats reason to oppose his nomination.
Feinstein made her toughest comments so far about opposing Kavanaugh’s nomination while addressing a "Unity Breakfast" of her supporters with a California Democratic Party executive Committee meeting in Oakland. State party activists will decide later Saturday on an endorsement in Feinstein’s race against progressive state Sen. Kevin de León.
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Reminding supporters of her seniority from the Senate and her leadership position for the Judiciary Committee, Feinstein said she gets helped write the party’s modern-day battle policy for a Supreme Court confirmation. She revealed that she’s sat in on over 10 confirmation hearings for Top court justices since she was elected in 1992. But Kavanaugh’s nomination, Feinstein said, "is beyond, [it is] totally different from these. … Since this man is the deciding vote of the things we hold most dear.”
“This president has stated he previously appoint the individual that would destroy Roe [v.Wade] … and I take him at his word,” she said.
Feinstein told Democrats that now, since the nomination process goes forward, “we contain a massive effort going … We collect information from everywhere,” including the Bush Presidential archives.
“The vetting means of this justice will probably be incredibly difficult… it’s estimated that One million parts of paper that the employees are want to endure prior to a hearing,” she said. “I can advise you this: That it’s really key and critical that Democrats, including those invoved with difficult states, find the support of our own party to enable them to complete the right element of this vote…”
Feinstein noted that “we have five Democratic [senators up for reelection] from states that Donald Trump won [by large margins], which makes this vote tough for them,” she said. “For me, it’s not at all difficult at all. But I’m the lead Democrat to the committee, and we will come up with some type of message, I am hoping, for any American people which can enable those Democrats to vote as well as us.”