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  • Grassley suggests last-minute Kavanaugh hearing could be canceled if accuser doesn’t accept invite

    09/18/2018 8:23:07 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 197 replies
    Fox News ^ | September 18 2018 | Alex Pappas
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Tuesday raised the possibility that next week’s high-stakes open hearing to examine the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh could be canceled if the accuser doesn’t accept the committee’s invitation. Grassley, R-Iowa, scheduled a hearing for Monday for Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford to answer questions from senators about the allegation. But Grassley said during a Tuesday radio interview that his office has reached out several times to Ford and her attorneys to discuss her allegation, but has heard nothing back.
  • Kavanaugh, accuser to testify publicly on Monday

    09/17/2018 3:23:05 PM PDT · by SpeedyInTexas · 283 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/17/2018 | Jordain Carney
    Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and the woman accusing him of sexual crimes during a party when the two were teenagers will testify in public on Monday. The public hearing could be pivotal to Kavanaugh's confirmation, which was on a glide path until Christine Blasey Ford came forward publicly with her accusations on Sunday.
  • Feinstein hints more secrets on Kavanaugh are coming as she stops cooperating with Grassley

    09/17/2018 6:49:05 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 185 replies
    Bizpac Review ^ | 09-17-2018 | Tom Tilleson
    The likely goal of Democrats is to delay a vote on confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and Sen. Diane Feinstein, who produced the letter of a woman accusing the nominee of inappropriate behavior, has yet another trick up her sleeve. Adding to the cause to delay the vote, Feinstein says there’s still more that senators don’t know about Kavanaugh, according to Talking Points Memo.
  • Senator Dianne Feinstein Won’t Set Up Call for Kavanaugh Accuser to Testify

    09/17/2018 12:15:25 PM PDT · by gattaca · 60 replies
    Political Insider ^ | September 17, 2018 | Jim E
    Senator Dianne Feinstein Won’t Set Up Call for Kavanaugh Accuser to Testify It’s now official: This entire situation is a farce that needs to end immediately. Anything less shows the Democrats are profoundly unserious about the allegations being made against Brett Kavanaugh. Over the weekend, Senator Dianne Feinstein made waves by going public with accusations against President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. First, she revealed that someone who knew Kavanaugh in high school accused him of sexually assaulting her. Then the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, actually came out publicly. Senate Republicans tried to pull a fast one on her by challenging...
  • Lawyer for Kavanaugh accuser downplayed sexual misconduct allegations against Clinton, Franken

    09/17/2018 11:39:25 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 17 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | September 17 2018 | Alex Pappas
    Attorney Debra Katz made the rounds Monday on morning television to argue her client’s sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should be taken seriously, an appeal accepted even by the White House. But while her client's claims have raised bipartisan concerns about Kavanaugh, Katz, a longtime Democratic donor known for representing sexual harassment accusers, also has a history of downplaying or dismissing accusations made by women against Democratic politicians -- including former President Bill Clinton and former Minnesota Sen. Al Franken.
  • Arizona #NeverTrump Senator Jeff Flake Opposes Vote on Kavanaugh Until Leftist Accuser Has Her Say

    09/17/2018 11:08:09 AM PDT · by detective · 35 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | September 16, 2018 | Jim Hoft
    Shortened title. Full title: FLAKE OUT: Arizona #NeverTrump Senator Jeff Flake Opposes Vote on Kavanaugh Until Leftist Accuser Has Her Say FLAKE OUT — ARIZONA SENATOR OPPOSES VOTE ON KAVANAUGH Anti-Trump Senator Jeff Flake, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in an interview Sunday evening that until he learns more about the sexual assault allegation regarding Brett Kavanaugh, he is “not comfortable voting yes” on Kavanaugh. It’s Flakes last chance to poke President Trump and the country in the eye before he rides retires and likely finds a job in the liberal media.
  • Kavanaugh: 'This never happened'

    09/17/2018 8:11:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 49 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 17, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    Judge Brett Kavanaugh said Monday he is willing to talk to Congress to defend himself against startling allegations of attempted sexual assault in high school — and vehemently denied every part of the accusation. The allegations were made by Christine Blasey Ford, a California professor who as a high school student in the 1980s knew the judge and says he attempted to force himself on her at a party. The accusation has upended Republicans’ push for quick confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. The Judiciary Committee was slated to vote on Thursday, but Democrats and one key Republican...
  • Just How Low Will Democrats Go?

    09/17/2018 10:05:31 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 27 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/17/18 | Katy Grimes
    The Democrats on the committee are not exactly the best and brightest, or the most ethical… and THEY are passing judgment on Brett Kavanaugh Sen. Dianne Feinstein has once again put her own self interest above the country in a shameless character assignation of United States Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. My dad used to have a phrase to describe just how low someone’s behavior is: “lower than squid sh*t on the bottom of the ocean.” This is just how low Democrat Sen. Dianne Feinstein has gone with her scheme to halt Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the United States Supreme...
  • Kellyanne Conway says Kavanaugh accuser ‘will be heard’

    09/17/2018 9:28:54 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 91 replies
    NY POST ^ | September 17, 2018 | Mark Moore
    White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually attacking her in 1982 should be allowed to publicly air her claims before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “This woman should not be insulted and she should not be ignored. I think the Senate is headed toward a reasonable approach, allowing this woman to be heard in sworn testimony, allowing Judge Kavanaugh to be heard in sworn testimony,” Conway said in an interview on “Fox & Friends” Monday. “I spoke with the president, I spoke with Senator [Lindsey] Graham and others. This woman will be...
  • Grassley: Kavanaugh accuser 'deserves to be heard' in 'appropriate' manner

    09/17/2018 10:36:42 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 87 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 17, 2018 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Monday said that Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, “deserves to be heard” in an “appropriate” manner. “Anyone who comes forward as Dr. Ford has deserves to be heard, so I will continue working on a way to hear her out in an appropriate, precedented and respectful manner,” Grassley said in a statement. He said his committee is “working diligently to get to the bottom of these claims,” an indication that another round of committee hearings is possible. The most prominent precedent is from...
  • GRASSLEY: FEINSTEIN ‘REFUSED’ TO COOPERATE ON KAVANAUGH ACCUSER

    09/17/2018 10:19:39 AM PDT · by bitt · 153 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 9/17/2018 | SAAGAR ENJETI
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley blasted ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein for her handling of high-school-era sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh... ....snip.. The chairman explained that “the standard procedure for updates to any nominee’s background investigation file is to conduct separate follow-up calls with relevant parties. In this case, that would entail phone calls with at least Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford,” adding, “I asked Senator Feinstein’s office yesterday to join me in scheduling these follow-ups. Thus far, they have refused. But as a necessary step in evaluating these claims, I’ll continue working to set...
  • Scoop: GOP Plans To Play Hardball On Kavanaugh

    09/17/2018 4:12:27 AM PDT · by Helicondelta · 83 replies
    axios.com ^ | The senators to watch: Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), the most crucial swing vote, told CNN that sh
    Strategists advising Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh plan to use aggressive tactics this week in response to the public accusation of a "stumbling drunk" sexual assault in high school that instantly imperiled his confirmation, top sources tell Jonathan Swan: Some involved in the process are going to urge Senate leaders to call on the accuser — Christine Blasey Ford, who went on the record with The Washington Post's Emma Brown — to testify publicly this week, ahead of Thursday's scheduled Judiciary Committee vote. This gambit basically bets that she will decline, and Republicans can then say that they tried to...
  • Flake will kill the Kavanaugh confirmation.

    09/16/2018 3:20:10 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 250 replies
    Twitter ^ | Sep 16, 2018 | Sean Sullivan
    NEWS: Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) tells me in an intv he that doesn’t think the Judiciary Cmte should move ahead with its Thursday vote on Kavanaugh until they hear more from Christine Blasey Ford. “For me, we can’t vote until we hear more.”
  • Feinstein: FBI Should Investigate Kavanaugh Allegation Before Senate Moves Forward on Confirmation

    09/16/2018 1:49:36 PM PDT · by libh8er · 149 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 9.16.2018 | Josh Feldman
    Feinstein has a new statement out this afternoon saying the Senate should not take action on confirming Kavanaugh until the FBI investigates: It has always been Mrs. Ford’s decision whether to come forward publicly. For any woman, sharing an experience involving sexual assault––particularly when it involves a politically connected man with influence, authority and power––is extraordinarily difficult. From the outset, I have believed these allegations were extremely serious and bear heavily on Judge Kavanaugh’s character. However, as we have seen over the past few days, they also come at a price for the victim. I hope the attacks and shaming...
  • NELLIE OHR (ULS CALLSIGN KM4UDZ) TO TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS ABOUT WORK FOR FUSION GPS

    09/16/2018 12:00:36 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 35 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 2:25 PM 09/16/2018 | Chuck Ross | Reporter
    Congress will interview Nellie Ohr, the wife of Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr, later this week, Texas Rep. John Ratcliffe said on Sunday. Ratcliffe said Sunday that Ohr is expected to appear for a closed-door interview with the House Judiciary and House Oversight & Government Reform Committees, in an interview on Fox News. Ohr worked during the 2016 election cycle for Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that investigated Donald Trump on behalf of the Clinton campaign and DNC. Fusion hired former British spy Christopher Steele, the author of the infamous anti-Trump dossier that was used to obtain spy...
  • Feinstein announces Kavanaugh opposition: 'Justices should not be an extension of Republican Party'

    09/16/2018 7:08:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 100 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 16, 2018 | Tom Howell Jr.
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California announced plans Sunday to formally oppose Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, saying justices “should not be an extension of the Republican Party.” Ms. Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she was troubled by how the nominee had been vetted, citing a lack of documents on Judge Kavanaugh’s career with the Bush administration. But, she wrote in the L.A. Times, her decision was determined by the “very real-world implications” of placing him on the court. “We already knew that Judge Kavanaugh held highly ideological views on the 2nd Amendment,...
  • Vanity: We need Ted Cruz in the Senate.

    09/15/2018 10:06:43 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 140 replies
    Trump needs him. Texas needs him. If we are going to help Trump move his (our) conservative agenda, then we ALL need him. It would be absolutely insane to have any FReepers working against us on this critical point. O'Rourke would be a disaster for all of us. If you're going to badmouth Cruz, don't do it on FR! Go, Trump, GO!! Go, Cruz, GO!!
  • Dems engage in last-ditch effort to block Kavanaugh

    09/16/2018 6:50:58 AM PDT · by upchuck · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sep 15, 2018 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Democrats making a last-ditch effort to block Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court are arguing he misled members of the Senate Judiciary Committee with incomplete or unsatisfactory answers to questions. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) made the pitch publicly to undecided Republicans, arguing that during his confirmation hearing, Kavanaugh “evaded” questions, gave “totally unsatisfactory” answers or, in some cases, “offered misleading testimony” and “shaded the truth” about his work in the George W. Bush White House. “I urge my colleagues on the other side to scrutinize Judge Kavanaugh’s comments to the Judiciary Committee … and decide for yourself...
  • Trump poised to win $5 billion to build border wall

    09/14/2018 1:13:51 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 41 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | September 14,2018 | Paul Bedard
    President Trump and congressional leaders have agreed to a border wall funding showdown after the upcoming November midterm elections and if he plays his cards right, it could result in $5 billion, more than twice what the White House initially sought. While appropriations bills are moving at the fastest pace in over 20 years, with many expected to be approved by Oct. 1, the start of the fiscal year, Homeland Security funding for the wall is likely to be delayed, said officials. Plans are already underway to approve temporary, “stopgap,” funding that will cover Homeland until its new spending is...
  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg Calls Kavanaugh Hearings a ‘Highly Partisan Show’

    09/14/2018 10:03:28 AM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 51 replies
    National Review ^ | September 13, 2018 | Jack Crowe
    In a Wednesday appearance at George Washington University Law School, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lamented the degree to which partisanship has infected the judicial-confirmation process, calling Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanuagh’s recent confirmation hearing a “highly partisan show.” Contrasting Kavanaugh’s hearings last week with her own, which occurred in 1993, Ginsburg called the partisan grandstanding of Democrats “wrong” and expressed a desire to return a spirit of collegiality to the process. “The way it was was right. The way it is is wrong,” Ginsburg said to applause. “The atmosphere in ’93 was truly bipartisan. The vote on my confirmation was...