Brett Kavanaugh has some legal firepower looking out for him. Beth Wilkinson is Brett Kavanaugh’s lawyer, who also defended Clinton aides during the FBI investigation of Hill’s misuse of a private email server. (You may recall she’s the presidential candidate who the FBI actually found to have broken federal law.) She also successfully argued for Timothy McVeigh to receive the death penalty.
LA Mayor and possible dem 2020 Presidential Candidate Eric Garcetti says he’s no fan of Ted Cruz, but the heckling the Senator received the other day was uncalled for. Garcetti says people need to be decent, and they need to lay off public figures when they’re out and about with their family. But he also got a few digs in on Trump, saying the Commander in Chief’s language was “laughable” at the United Nations on Tuesday.
Real Housewives of Dallas star D’Andra Simmons says her support for home-state Senator Ted Cruz is fizzling. She tells TMZ she’s tired of Cruz towing the Republican Party line, and says there’s buzz in her very-conservative suburban enclave that Democrat Beto O’Rourke just might beat the two-time presidential candidate.
In a Wednesday afternoon press conference, President Trump repeated his belief that the now-three Kavanaugh accusations are little more than a “big con job” by the Democrats to fool the American people. It’s a “big fat con,” Trump said, insisting that Chuck Schumer and the Democrats go into their back rooms and “laugh like hell” that they’ve persuaded people the allegations against Kavanaugh are true, when there’s little to no evidence. Trump at first said he wouldn’t get into whether he thinks the women are lying, but then repeated he thinks the whole thing is a total fraud.
The war of words between President Trump and the attorney for porn star Stormy Daniels heated up. After attorney Michael Avenatti rolled out a third accusation against Brett Kavanaugh, Trump tweeted that Avenatti is a “third rate lawyer” and “a total low-life” who is making up accusations against Kavanaugh. The attention hound lawyer shot back, calling Trump a “habitual liar and complete narcissist,” “disgrace,” and “an embarrassment to our nation.” Trump added at a Wednesday press conference that Avenatti is a “total con artist.”
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh admits that he did some partying back in his younger years, but strongly denies he’s ever been involved in any sexual misconduct. That’s according to an advance copy of his planned remarks before the Senate Judiciary Committee at Thursday’s big hearing, where he and accuser Christine Blasey Ford are scheduled to give their testimony. Kavanaugh will admit to “misbehavior” and drinking too much in high school, but he will strongly deny the allegations against him. Sexual assault is “morally wrong” and “contrary to my religious faith,” Kavanaugh will say.
—QUOTABLE: “I spent most of my time in high school focused on academics, sports, church, and service. But I was not perfect in those days, just as I am not perfect today…I drank beer with my friends, usually on weekends. Sometimes I had too many. In retrospect, I said and did things in high school that make me cringe now. But that’s not why we are here today. What I’ve been accused of is far more serious than juvenile misbehavior. I never did anything remotely resembling what Dr. Ford describes.” -Except from Kavanaugh testimony
Domestic abuse allegations against Rep. Keith Ellison are becoming a problem in Ellison’s campaign for attorney general. But there’s a spillover effect—they’re also a problem for fellow Democrats, Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith. Both are being accused of hypocrisy because both are taking a hard line against the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh, who stands accused himself, but going easy on Ellison, who has been accused of domestic abuse by former girlfriend Karen Monahan. Campaign ads by Sen. Karen Housley, candidate for U.S. Senate, point out the glaring hypocrisy.
—QUOTABLE: “It’s no secret the two are political allies and mouthpieces for the radical left – but as Tina Smith claims to be a ‘champion’ for women, why won’t she speak out on the domestic abuse allegations leveled at Keith Ellison?” -Housley campaign ad
Tentative – The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court at 9:30 a.m. Friday. The vote would come hot on the heels of what promises to be the bombshell testimony of both Kavanaugh and Christine Ford Blasey, the first woman to accuse him of sexual misconduct more than 30 years ago, in a special committee hearing on Thursday. If Kav’s confirmation clears the committee, it would pave the way for a swift vote on the full senate floor. And that vote is likely to be the closest Supreme Court confirmation vote in the senate’s histor
The story of a third woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexually inappropriate behavior as a teenager is already under fire. Julie Swetnick came forward Wednesday claiming Kavanaugh and a friend were at a party where she says gang rapes happened back when they were in high school. But a lawyer for Kavanaugh has questions for Swetnick, who would’ve been a college-aged adult at the time of the parties, while Kavanaugh and his peers would’ve been 15 year old high school students. Why didn’t she report the gang rapes, asked attorney Beth Wilkinson. Not reporting a sexual assault is one thing, but failing to report a rape that you were a witness to is entirely different. And possibly criminal.
—QUOTABLE: “When you say you went to 10 parties like that and you kept going to those parties even though that was happening, and you saw that supposedly happening to other girls — that is a different thing not to report…As a parent of a daughter and two sons, I cannot imagine not coming forward when this man was named if that’s what you witnessed.” Wilkinson
President Trump says it’s no secret he fights back, but that it’s not obstruction — and that’s what he’ll tell Rod Rosenstein when they meet. Trump’s sitdown with the FBI Big Wig investigating accusations of collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign is scheduled for today, but Trump said yesterday he might move it as to not conflict with the high-profile Kavanaugh hearings.
Stormy Daniel’s attention hound lawyer rolled out a third accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh on Wednesday. The lawyer, Michael Avenatti, had teased the accusation in days prior—and turns out, it’s even flimsier than the previous two. Accuser Julie Swetnick submitted a sworn statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee claiming Kavanaugh and a friend were at a party where she says gang rapes happened back when they were in high school. They didn’t do anything to her, but they were there and were complicit by putting booze in punch bowls, she claims. Kavanaugh immediately issued a forceful denial.
—QUOTABLE: “This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone. I don’t know who this is and this never happened.” -Kavanaugh statement
President Trump was in prime form at a solo press conference Wednesday, fielding questions from reporters primarily focused on the Brett Kavanaugh scandals and his own purported misadventures. While at the United Nations, Trump also publicly alleged that the Chinese government has plans to meddle in the midterm elections — details of which he was quiet on during the press conference.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will meet with President Trump on Thursday to mull over his fate. The embattled bureaucrat, who was caught on tape joking about wearing a wire while talking to the president, was rumored to be on the chopping block just days ago. Now, many observers of The Swamp think he’ll hold onto his job for politics’ sake. Rosenstein first went to the White House on Monday, when many thought he’d leave an unemployed man, but the day of reckoning will have to wait. It’s generally accepted that the deputy AG—a focus of Trump’s ire for his role in the Russia investigation—will eventually be replaced, but perhaps only after the midterm elections, conventional wisdom goes.
Sen. Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Tuesday the committee had hired a female outside counsel to ask Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser questions at a Thursday hearing. The Supreme Court nominee and accuser Christine Blasey Ford are both scheduled to testify on her allegations that Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a high school house party. Still in the air, however, is whether the allegations of a second accuser will be the subject of any questions at Thursday’s much-hyped hearing. The identity of the lawyer isn’t being revealed, which really upsets Chuck Schumer—but Grassley insists the whole move is to remove politics from the cross examination.
—QUOTABLE: “We have done it because we want to depoliticize the whole process like the Democrats politicized the Anita Hill thing…The whole purpose is to create an environment where it is what Dr. Ford has asked for — it be professional and not be a circus. That’s what we’re up to.” -Grassley
Hot on the heels of running Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife out of a D.C. restaurant while screaming “we believe survivors,” a branch of the left-wing Antifa group issued a threat to the Texas Republican. Along with a recording of the restaurant mob scene, Smash Racism DC tweeted that Cruz is “not safe” and that his votes are “hate crimes.” That’s an apparent reference to a zero tolerance immigration policy by the Trump administration that separated illegal alien families over the summer. But the left-wing mob, in true mob form, is seemingly unaware that Cruz proposed legislation to keep illegal immigrant families together.
—QUOTABLE: “No — you can’t eat in peace — your politics are an attack on all of us You’re [sic] votes are a death wish. Your votes are hate crimes.” -Tweet by Smash Racism DC
—QUOTABLE: “This is a message to Ted Cruz, Bret [sic] Kavanaugh, Donald Trump and the rest of the racist, sexist, transphobic, and homophobic right-wing scum: You are not safe. We will find you. We will expose you. We will take from you the peace you have taken from so many others.” -Another Smash Racism DC tweet
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz was chased out of a D.C. restaurant Monday night by a group of left-wing agitators. A recording of the incident, perpetrated by the self-proclaimed “anti fascist” group, shows a large group of protesters flooding the restaurant while Cruz and his wife Heidi dined. The mob, a branch of the “Antifa” group calling itself “Smash Racism DC” was shouting “we believe survivors,” referring to accusations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The mob quickly forced Cruz and his wife to leave the restaurant.
President Trump on Tuesday called on world leaders to take serious action against Iran. The Islamic Republic must be sanctioned and isolated until it stops bankrolling terrorism and ceases its nuclear program, Trump said during a speech to the United Nations general assembly in New York. The president also touted progress with North Korea and went after the idea of globalism, saying the International Criminal Court “has no legitimacy,” adding that OPEC is “ripping off the rest of the world” and other UN programs hand over American sovereignty to global bureaucracies. That’s unacceptable, Trump said.
—QUOTABLE: “We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unaccountable, unelected global bureaucracy…We reject the ideology of globalism.” -President Trump
The lawyer for porn star Stormy Daniels claims to be representing a third Kavanaugh accuser. Michael Avenatti, a prominent foe of President Trump and attorney for the former adult film star who claims to have had an affair with the president years ago, says the new allegation will be coming out of the woodwork in the next 48 hours. Avenatti, also known at “the creepy porn lawyer,” told reporters on Monday the supposed new accuser is a former employee of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Mint and has information of a sexual nature about both Kavanaugh and longtime friend, Mark Judge. She will be “100 percent credible,” Avenatti said.
President Trump on Tuesday said the Democrats’ character assassination campaign against Brett Kavanaugh is a “con game…they’re winking. They know it’s a con game,” Trump said. It’s the most Trump has said so far about the allegations of sexual improprieties against Kavanaugh, his nominee for Supreme Court, who has been accused by two women of inappropriate sexual advances in high school and college. “The second accuser has nothing,” the president added—referring to the fact that there is no evidence to support Patricia Ramirez’s claim that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her while they were students at Yale. For his own part, Kavanaugh has said he will not back down in the face of the brutal smear campaign. “I have faith in the fairness of the American people,” he said. We’ll see about that.
“It’s sick.” That’s how Joe Scarborough described the Kavanaugh situation on Tuesday. Specifically the host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” was talking about members of the media who are presuming the Supreme Court nominee is guilty of several allegations of sexual impropriety. Scarborough slammed “so-called journalists” for being in the tank for the Democrat Party, refusing to give Kavanaugh the benefit of any kind of doubt. He’s been critical of Fox News for being in the tank for President Trump, but it’s clearly a problem on both sides, co-host Mika Brzezinski added.
—QUOTABLE: “Let me tell you something, what we’ve seen the last week has made me want to call networks and put a ‘D’ in front of the name of the so-called journalists that have already decided that Brett Kavanaugh is a rapist.” -Joe Scarborough
Mitch McConnell has had it. The Kentucky senator and Senate Majority Leader took to the senate floor on Monday and called the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh a smear campaign designed to character assassinate the Supreme Court nominee in the final moments of his confirmation process. About the latest accusation, where a Yale classmate claims Kavanaugh exposed himself to her but provides no evidence whatsoever, McConnell blasted Dems for actively searching for people willing to lodge accusations, adding that even the New York Times passed on the story because there was absolutely no corroborating evidence. There will be a vote “in the near future,” McConnell promised.
—QUOTABLE: “Oh, but that hasn’t stopped Judiciary Committee Democrats from shoveling it onto their smear campaign and demanding for further delays…They just wanted it to wind up in the press. Another orchestrated last-minute hit on the nominee.” -Mitch McConnell on multiple media outlets passing on the latest story
Is socialism on the upswing or just a fad? If the latest out of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Michael Moore is any hint, the lurch leftward is already running on fumes. At a campaign stop on Saturday, Ocasio-Cortez, the self-described Democratic Socialist attracted only a small crowd that gathered around the candidate a couple people deep, according to a Twitter video. That vid did get 98,000 views. It may have done better than Moore’s latest movie, which is shaping up to be a major bomb. The flick, Fahrenheit 11/9, is a hair on fire screed about President Trump’s election. It is headed to an eighth place finish, earning just $3 million—well short of expectations.
The woman accusing Brett Kavanaugh of trying to rape her at a high school house party in the early ‘80s only wants to be questioned by senators. Christine Blasey Ford is set to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, but her lawyers are rejecting offers by the panel’s Republican members to have female staff attorneys ask her some of the questions. The committee’s all-male GOP makeup would turn to those staff attorneys because they, “are sensitive to the particulars of Dr. Ford’s allegations and are experienced investigators,” committee chair Sen. Chuck Grassley said in a letter to Ford’s lawyers. Ford said no. She also requested that she never has to be in the same room as Kavanaugh during the hearing.
Police are throwing water on a new report by CNN political analyst Brian Karem that alleges more sexual impropriety by Brett Kavanaugh. Karem reported in the Montgomery County Sentinel that investigators “said they are looking at allegations against Kavanaugh during his senior year in high school,” which would be in addition to the previous allegation by Christine Blasey Ford. But Montgomery police said not so fast. They have not received any requests to launch any investigation of the sort, county police said in a statement. Karem said he wasn’t necessarily referring to the police.
—QUOTABLE: “At this time, the Montgomery County Police Department has not received a request by any alleged victim nor a victim’s attorney to initiate a police report or criminal investigation regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh…Typically, in a sexual assault case, the cooperation of the victim or witnesses is necessary.” -Statement by Montgomery County Police