Feinstein’s opponent seizes on her role in Kavanaugh fight

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sen. Dianne Feinstein is facing criticism from both Republicans and her Democratic re-election opponent over her handling of allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

Feinstein received a letter earlier this summer from a constituent accusing Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party more than thirty years ago. The allegations didn’t begin to surface publicly until last week.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is slamming Feinstein for keeping the letter “secret until the 11th hour.” Kevin de Leon says her actions amounted to a “failure of leadership.”

De Leon is challenging Feinstein in the Nov. 6 election. California’s primary system allows two members of the same party to move on to the general election.

The constituent’s lawyer is defending Feinstein’s handling of the letter.

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