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  • Dem senator says Senate panel should subpoena Kavanaugh's ex-classmate

    09/18/2018 3:22:53 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 25 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/18/18 | Brett Samuels
    Sen. Doug Jones (D-Ala.) said Tuesday that the Senate Judiciary Committee should subpoena a former classmate of Brett Kavanaugh as it examines sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee. Jones weighed in shortly after the former classmate, Mark Judge, told committee leaders through his attorney that he won't testify and that he has no recollection about the alleged incident from the early 1980s. "You can count on the fact that that letter, his response, is going to be entered into the record by someone, and that needs to be tested as well," Jones, who is not a member of...
  • Grassley cancels meeting to advance nomination after hearing set for Kavanaugh and his accuser

    09/18/2018 3:26:58 PM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 18, 2018 | Kevin Breuninger
    Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Tuesday canceled a crucial committee meeting where members were expected to hold a vote to advance Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination. The announcement is a win for the committee's 10 Democrats, who called for a delay in Kavanaugh's proceedings following a bombshell allegation from Christine Blasey Ford made public over the weekend. Ford, 51, accused President Donald Trump's second high court nominee of sexual assault in the 1980s when they were teenagers, a charge Kavanaugh denies. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, on Tuesday canceled a crucial committee meeting where members were...
  • Trump court nominee's accuser has not agreed to testify: senator

    09/18/2018 10:20:12 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 58 replies
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A Republican U.S. Senate committee chairman said on Tuesday the woman who has accused President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault decades ago has not yet agreed to appear at a public hearing planned for Monday. Senator Chuck Grassley said Christine Blasey Ford, a university professor in California whose allegations have put Kavanaugh’s once-safe nomination in serious jeopardy, has not responded to attempts by the Judiciary Committee, which oversees the confirmation process, to contact her. The hearing represents a potential make-or-break moment for the conservative federal appeals court judge’s confirmation chances for the...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 working to set up calls with Kavanaugh, accuser before vote

    09/16/2018 6:48:53 PM PDT · by bitt · 143 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/16/2018 | JORDAIN CARNEY
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, is working to set up separate phone calls with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, before a committee vote scheduled for Thursday. "Given the late addendum to the background file and revelations of Dr. Ford’s identity, Chairman Grassley is actively working to set up such follow-up calls with Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford ahead of Thursday’s scheduled vote," a spokesman for Grassley said on Sunday. The aide added that "the Chairman and Ranking Member routinely hold bipartisan staff calls with nominees when updates are made...
  • Liberals Are Treating Avenatti Like A Serious Presidential Candidate

    09/14/2018 5:13:16 PM PDT · by kevcol · 30 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | September 14, 2018 | Peter Hasson
    The pugnacious attorney is putting pressure on other potential Democratic candidates to move further and further to the left. Avenatti has called on Democrats to support expanding the Supreme Court to 11 seats, in order to ensure a liberal majority. The Democratic “nominee must commit to this or not receive the nomination,” Avenatti wrote on Twitter.
  • Grassley moves to set up committee vote on Kavanaugh nomination

    09/10/2018 3:59:48 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    The Hill ^ | September 10, 2018 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is moving to set up a Judiciary Committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, likely next week. Grassley's office on Monday sent out an agenda for a business meeting the committee will have on Thursday. Kavanaugh's nomination is included as one of roughly two dozen judicial nominations that could get a vote. The move means Kavanaugh's nomination could get a vote as soon as this week. But Democrats are expected to delay the vote until next week, meaning Kavanaugh's nomination will likely be taken up by the committee on Sept. 20. Under committee rules, any...
  • Juan Williams: Trump's 'majority' is fake

    09/03/2018 3:17:12 PM PDT · by upchuck · 116 replies
    The Hill ^ | Sep 3, 2018 | Juan Williams (FOX leftist)
    President Trump likes to complain about “Fake News.” So, here’s some very real news for him: Republican control of Capitol Hill and the White House is based on a “fake majority.” “A majority of the Senate now represents just 18 percent of the nation’s population,” David Wasserman, an editor for The Cook Political Report, wrote in a recent New York Times column. He added that the crucial Senate seats this November would be “much whiter, more rural and pro-Trump than the nation as a whole. In effect, geography could again be Mr. Trump’s greatest protector: After all, the Senate —...
  • Lindsey Graham on Booker's 'Gotcha' Document: You Should Have 'Read the Damn Thing'

    09/07/2018 10:11:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 58 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 7, 2018 | Cortney O'Brien
    Democratic senators put on quite a show Thursday at Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing. Desperate for a "gotcha" moment that would disqualify the Trump nominee, the senators asked pointed questions and gave lectures about transparency. But, they embarrassed themselves in the process. Sen. Cory Booker (NJ) got the loudest laugh.Booker's theatrics came at the very beginning of the hearing. He interrupted Chairman Chuck Grassley's opening remarks to announce that he had broken Senate rules and released "committee confidential" documents about Kavanaugh's opinions on racial profiling. He even referred to himself as "Spartacus," as if he was some kind of...
  • ICE Raids Dairy Farm Where Illegal Alien Accused of Killing Mollie Tibbetts Worked

    09/07/2018 8:40:44 AM PDT · by RightGeek · 27 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/7/2018 | John Binder
    The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency raided Yarrabee Farms on Thursday – the Brooklyn, Iowa dairy farm where an illegal alien worked before being charged with murdering 20-year-old college student Mollie Tibbetts. Last month, law enforcement announced that Tibbetts’ body was found in a cornfield in her rural hometown of Brooklyn, Iowa after she was last seen jogging on July 18. Illegal alien Cristhian Bahena-Rivera, a 24-year-old from Mexico, has been charged with first-degree murder in Tibbetts’ death after police say he admitted to confronting and chasing down the young woman. The illegal alien lived in a region of...
  • Booker releases 'confidential' Kavanaugh documents

    09/06/2018 9:13:08 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 79 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/06/18 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) on Thursday released emails from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time as a White House counsel, escalating a heated fight over his documents. Booker released approximately 12 pages of emails tied to discussions Kavanaugh had on racial inequality including one email thread titled "racial profiling." The documents are marked "committee confidential," meaning they are not supposed to be discussed or released publicly. But the move comes after Booker said during a heated debate on Kavanaugh's third day before the Judiciary Committee that he would release the email thread. "I am right now, before your process is...
  • Hirono tweets 'confidential' Kavanaugh documents

    09/06/2018 8:53:34 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 35 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/06/18 | Jordain Carney
    Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) on Thursday tweeted screenshots of documents from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's time in the Bush White House that are stamped "committee confidential." "These are the docs Rs don't want you to see—because they show that Judge Kavanaugh wrongly believes that Native Hawaiian programs are Constitutionally questionable. I defy anyone reading this to be able to conclude that it should be deemed confidential in any way, shape, or form," Hirono said in a tweet. Hirono's tweet includes two pages of an email thread from 2002 about "Treasury testimony on Capital Investment in Indian Country." "I think...
  • Republicans Shut Down Cory Booker’s ‘Grandstanding’ on Confidential Docs With Sick Burns

    09/06/2018 8:53:32 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    www.mediaite.com ^ | Sep 6th, 2018, 10:31 am | by Caleb Howe
    At today’s third and final day of Judge Brett Kavanaugh‘s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee, once again the argument over the quantity and origin of documents erupted, and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) faced off for a third day. As Booker delivered a lengthy set of remarks about his own actions, Grassley sharply smacked him as self-aggrandizing. Sen. Booker stated that he was going to release to the public one of the documents deemed confidential, despite the fact that this would violate rules. And then he said it again. And then some more. Sir, I...
  • Man charged in Tibbetts' death used alias at work: report

    09/05/2018 6:07:28 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/05/18 | Tal Axelrod
    The man charged in connection with the death and kidnapping of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts allegedly worked for years on a dairy farm under the alias John Budd. The owner of Yarrabee Farms, a prominent GOP family, is facing questions over whether its leadership knew that the man, whose real name is Cristhian Bahena Rivera, was working in the country illegally, according to the Associated Press. The employer declined to comment on Rivera's work identity, the outlet reported. It was widely reported that Rivera is an undocumented immigrant, despite his lawyer's claims that Rivera is in the country legally....
  • Immigrant charged in Iowa student’s death was known by alias

    09/05/2018 2:57:48 PM PDT · by iowamark · 17 replies
    KBUR radio ^ | 9/5/2018
    The Mexican man charged with abducting and killing an Iowa college student was known for years on the dairy farm where he worked by another name: John Budd. The alias has emerged as Cristhian Bahena Rivera’s employer, a cattle operation owned by a prominent Republican family, faces questions over whether its managers were aware of any warning signs that he was in the country illegally. The name under which Rivera was hired and paid for the last four years was confirmed by three people with knowledge of his employment history. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not...
  • Immigrant charged in Mollie Tibbetts' death was known by alias 'John Budd'

    09/05/2018 2:10:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    WALA ^ | 9/5/18 | Ryan J Foley
    The Mexican man charged with abducting and killing an Iowa college student was known for years on the dairy farm where he worked by another name: John Budd.The alias has emerged as Cristhian Bahena Rivera's employer, a cattle operation owned by a prominent Republican family, faces questions over whether its managers were aware of any warning signs that he was in the country illegally.The name under which Rivera was hired and paid for the last four years was confirmed by three people with knowledge of his employment history. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to...
  • Confirmed: Democrats Coordinated Their Temper Tantrum at Kavanaugh Hearing, Guess Who Led the Way

    09/04/2018 2:03:34 PM PDT · by bitt · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 9/4/2018 | Katie Pavlich
    Democrats coordinated and planned over the long holiday weekend to obnoxiously interrupt the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The hearing started Tuesday morning and will likely run through the end of the week. Right from the start, Democrat members of the Senate Judiciary Committee repeatedly spoke out of order, personally attacked Chairman Chuck Grassley and demanded the hearing be adjourned. Cortney has the details covered here.
  • WATCH: Democrat Senators Throw Toddler-Style Tantrum Over Brett Kavanaugh

    09/04/2018 11:48:00 AM PDT · by detective · 75 replies
    The Federalist ^ | September 4, 2018 | Bre Payton
    Democratic senators employed toddler-style tactics Tuesday to disrupt the first day of hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. While Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) was attempting to make his opening remarks in the confirmation hearing, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) repeatedly attempted to interrupt the committee chairman in an effort to stall the hearings. When he didn’t give her floor time, Harris proceeded to talk over him.