Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton (R) charged Sunday that Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, will face an investigation over her office's handling of a letter from Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who initially accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.
Weeks after President Donald Trump announced Kavanaugh's nomination, Ford wrote Feinstein an anonymous letter outlining her allegations. She demanded she remain anonymous. But sometime after the media learned of the allegations, Ford's letter was leaked to the press. The only people who reportedly had access to the letter were Feinstein's office, the office of Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.), and Ford's attorneys.
How the letter leaked has been a huge source of contention, as it could prove a level of coordination to undermine Kavanaugh's confirmation.
What did Cotton say?
Speaking on CBS' "Face The Nation," Cotton also revealed that Ford's attorneys will face a Washington, D.C., bar investigation for allegedly withholding from their client the fact that the Senate Judiciary Committee offered to take her testimony in a confidential manner by flying staffers to interview her in California.
"They have betrayed her. She has been victimized by Democrats...on a search-and-destroy mission for Brett Kavanaugh," Cotton said, according to Politico.
"Any impact that this entire episode has had on women's willingness to come forward and report sexual assault, which I encourage them all to do immediately after it happens, is caused by the Democrats, is caused by Dianne Feinstein and Chuck Schumer not respecting her requests for confidentiality," he explained.
Speaking on ABC News' "This Week," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) vowed a "wholesale, full scale investigation" to determine who leaked Ford's letter.
"We're going to do a wholesale, full scale investigation of what I think was a despicable process to deter it from happening again," Graham said, according to the Washington Examiner.
"The FBI will do a supplemental background investigation, then I'm going to call for an investigation of what happened in this committee. Who betrayed Dr. Ford's trust? Who in Feinstein's office recommended Katz as a lawyer? Why did Ms. Ford not know that the committee was willing to go to California?" he added.
Feinstein has denied that anyone in her office leaked the letter. During Thursday's emotional hearing, Graham told Feinstein he believed her denials. He reiterated that acceptance on Sunday.
"All I can tell you is it came from somebody with a political motive," Graham said. "No friend would do this to Dr. Ford."