On Thursday, the California Senator made a statement reading:
I have received information from an individual concerning the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. That individual strongly requested confidentiality, declined to come forward or press the matter further, and I have honored that decision. I have, however, referred the matter to federal investigative authorities.
Feinstein’s comments are cryptic but reporting from The Intercept suggests that this is in reference to a letter the Senator received from a constituent in California. Feinstein has refused to to divulge the contents of the letter, so the hearsay accounts offered by The Intercept have to be treated with caution. According to the news site:
Different sources provided different accounts of the contents of the letter, and some of the sources said they themselves had heard different versions, but the one consistent theme was that it describes an incident involving Kavanaugh and a woman while they were in high school. Kept hidden, the letter is beginning to take on a life of its own.
The Intercept also reports that the woman who is allegedly the subject of the letter, “is now being represented by Debra Katz, a whistleblower attorney who works with #MeToo survivors.”