Politics

WH Official: Trump Will Order FBI Probe Into Kavanaugh

CNN reports: Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation was suddenly thrown into doubt Friday as Senate Republicans called for a one-week delay so that the FBI can investigate sexual assault allegations facing President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. Trump will order the FBI probe as requested, a White House official said. The Senate Judiciary Committee requested the FBI look into “current credible allegations” …

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Senate GOP Agrees To One Week Delay On Kavanaugh

NBC News reports: The second-ranking Republican in the Senate said Friday that the GOP would delay a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to allow for an FBI probe into allegations of sexual misconduct against the judge. “There’s going to be a supplemental FBI background investigation” Majority Whip Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said Friday. The Texas Republican said …

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Kavanaugh Pal Mark Judge Agrees To FBI Questioning

CNBC reports: A lawyer for Mark Judge, the high school buddy of embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, told CNBC that Judge “will answer any and all questions posed to him” by the FBI about serious sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. “If the FBI or any law enforcement agency requests Mr. Judge’s cooperation, he will answer any and all questions …

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Trump Says He’ll Defer To Senate On FBI Investigation, Calls Accuser Christine Ford “Very Credible” [VIDEO]

The Huffington Post reports: President Donald Trump said Friday that he found testimony from Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, “very credible.” But that won’t stop him from supporting the judge. Trump called Ford a “very fine woman” following a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh. “She was a very credible witness,” …

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Lindsey Graham: I’ve Been Told I’m A Single White Male From South Carolina And Should Just Shut Up [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Senator Lindsey Graham says: “I know I’ve been told I’m a single white male from South Carolina so I should just shut up, but I won’t.” He is referring to Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono recent exhortation to men in political power to “shut up and step up”. Graham’s fiery speech yesterday had many questioning whether he was …

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Democrats Walk Out On Kavanaugh Meeting [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Four Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee walked out of the hearing room in protest after Republicans decided along party lines to schedule a “time certain” vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for 1:30 p.m. Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) walked out of the room, causing …

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LIVE VIDEO: Senate Committee Votes On Kavanaugh

The Wall Street Journal reports: The Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday was set to cast a vote on recommending whether Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the Supreme Court in an early indication of the ramifications of an extraordinary hearing Thursday. The most pivotal figure Friday morning will be Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.), who is retiring when his term …

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Kimmel: Junior Is A “Dull-Witted Human Canker Sore”

Newsweek reports: Jimmy Kimmel took aim at Donald Trump Jr. on Thursday night, branding him a “dull-witted human canker sore,” after the president’s son tweeted “a number of idiotic comments” during Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony. “I agree, you’re not a psychology professor,” Kimmel said on Jimmy Kimmel Live. “You are a dull-witted human canker sore who shoots baby hippos out …

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Kellyanne Conway: Brett Kavanaugh Will Drop His Bias Once He Gets Seated On The Supreme Court [VIDEO]

CBS News reports: Top White House officials took to television Friday morning to defend Kavanaugh and urge his swift confirmation to the highest court. Kellyanne Conway, appearing on “CBS This Morning,” was pressed how Kavanaugh could be a neutral figure on the court when he berated the accusations against him as political. Conway claimed that once Kavanaugh is on the …

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Classmate: Kavanaugh “Blatantly Lied” About Drinking

Last night a Yale classmate of Brett Kavanaugh’s called in to Chris Cuomo’s CNN show to say he had “blatantly lied” about his drinking history. The Week reports: “I’ll tell you, Chris, I watched the whole hearing, and a number of my Yale colleagues and I were extremely disappointed in Brett Kavanaugh’s characterization of himself and the way that he …

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Bar Association Calls For Delaying Kavanaugh Vote

The New York Times reports: The American Bar Association called Thursday evening for postponing a vote on Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court until sexual assault allegations made by Christine Blasey Ford and others are investigated by the F.B.I. The request was made in a letter from the A.B.A.’s president, Robert M. Carlson, to the Senate Judiciary …

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Hillary Makes Cameo On Murphy Brown [VIDEO]

Variety reports: Hillary Clinton was the first big name cameo of “Murphy Brown’s” revival season. Clinton appeared in the Sept. 27 premiere of the Candice Bergen-led sitcom — but not as herself. Instead, she was “Hilary,” a woman who said she is often mistaken for the former presidential candidate but actually spells her name with only one “L.” She arrived …

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48% Of Evangelicals Back Kavanaugh Even If Guilty

Vox reports: Forty-eight percent of white evangelicals say that embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh should be confirmed even if the allegations of sexual assault against him are true. Marist asked 1,000 respondents from September 22 to 24 whether they would support Kavanaugh if the allegations by Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh assaulted her at a high school party …

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LIVE VIDEO: Brett Kavanaugh Testifies On Allegations

A new thread for the second half of this exhausting day. Frank Bruni recaps for the New York Times: Christine Blasey Ford didn’t try to play it cool. She didn’t worry about being perfectly composed. When she needed caffeine, she asked for caffeine. When nerves got the better of her, she giggled nervously. She smiled at odd times, the way …

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Kavanaugh RAGES: This Is Revenge For The Clintons

“This whole two-week effort has been a calculated and orchestrated political hit fueled with apparent pent-up anger about President Trump and the 2016 election, fear that has been unfairly stoked about my judicial record, revenge on behalf of the Clintons and millions of dollars in money from outside left-wing opposition groups. This is a circus! The consequences will extend long …

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Lindsey Graham Warns Democrats On Kavanaugh: If This Is The New Norm, Watch Out For YOUR Nominees

Talking Points Memo reports: Speaking to reporters during a recess in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Christine Blasey Ford, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned his “Democratic friends” that they “better watch out” if “this becomes the new norm.” “If this becomes the new standard, where you have an accusation for weeks and you drop it right before the hearing, …

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LIVE VIDEO: Kavanaugh And Ford Testify Before Senate

CNN reports: Christine Blasey Ford will air her allegation of sexual assault against Brett Kavanaugh, and Kavanaugh will defend himself, as the nation watches Thursday’s extraordinary Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee will attempt to convince majority Republicans to confirm him despite Ford’s allegation that he assaulted her as a teenager — and as other accusations …

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House Dems To Force Vote On Protecting Mueller

Politico reports: House Democrats are preparing to force a vote Thursday on a plan to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe from interference or unilateral removal by President Donald Trump. Massachusetts Rep. Jim McGovern, with the backing of Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee, intend to introduce the proposal as an amendment ahead of expected consideration of three tax-related bills. …

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Fox’s Chris Wallace: This Is A Disaster For Republicans

The Washington Examiner reports: Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said the early part of Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony in front of the Senate was so far a “disaster” for Republicans because Ford came off as a credible witness. “Extremely emotional, extremely raw, and extremely credible,” Wallace said during a break in the hearing. He added that Ford was “obviously traumatized …

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Julian Assange Replaced As Editor Of Wikileaks

Newsweek reports: WikiLeaks has announced that Julian Assange will step down from his position as editor-in-chief of the whistleblowing platform—but will retain the title of publisher. Assange, 47, has been silent since his internet connection was cut off in March at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he has lived under political asylum since August 2012. It was not immediately …

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