Sen John Cornyn R-TX wants the FBI’s supplemental report on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to be made public.
Cornyn said that he wants the public to know what the Senators are voting on and their votes to be on public record. More Republicans are calling for this to be made public to force Democratic Senators in states that Trump won in 2016 to make their votes be accountable to their constituents in their home states.
Democrats seem to be more amenable to keeping the findings private as it may ruin their narrative against Kavanaugh in case the findings don’t back up the accusers claims.
Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, who is sometimes at odds with President Trump and considered a swing vote in the ongoing Brett Kavanaugh saga, says that the nominee will win confirmation and that the Democrats have “overplayed their hand”.
Corker went in to say that cloture, which discontinues debate on the matter, will be filed possibly Thursday once the Senate receives the FBI supplemental background check report that was agreed to last week.
Corker said that the vote will most likely come on Saturday and he is confident in Kavanaugh’s confirmation after what he called “heartfelt conversations with his colleagues.”
Roger Stone built his career on being a “dirty trickster,” and Robert Mueller plans to exploit that. The special counsel’s team is combing through the track record of Stone, an early Trump supporter and longtime bare-knuckles GOP operative, as part of its investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Stone has described himself as the “dirty trickster,” and the new branch of the Mueller probe is looking into whether he might’ve crossed the line in political work prior to what he did for the Trump campaign. If Mueller digs up some dirt, he could use that to press charges unrelated to Trump OR Russian collusion in order to get Stone to start dishing on the president. Stone says he hasn’t yet been contacted by Mueller’s team.
A Republican congressman says protesters assaulted him in his office. The thugs shoved open the door to Maryland Rep. Andy Harris’s Capitol Hill office on Tuesday, assaulting him, but not injuring him. Media reports state that Harris was trying to hold his office door closed as the crowd of pot smoking demonstrators shoved their way. This comes about a week after Sen. Ted Cruz was mobbed out of a D.C. restaurant by an angry crowd of anti-Kavanaugh thugs.
Pieces of mail delivered to the White House and the Pentagon tested positive for Ricin. A Defense Department official says two suspicious envelopes addressed to President Trump, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson initially tested positive for the deadly compound, but never cleared security or made it past the White House’s or Pentagon’s off-site mail processing facilities. The suspicious packages were taken into possession by the FBI for further testing.
There are other things going on besides the Kavanaugh circus. Twitter has removed a professor for a post threatening white men. Georgetown professor C. Christine Fair posted a brutal screed saying white men “deserve miserable deaths.” She added that feminists would laugh while they suffer, then castrate the bodies and “feed them to swine.” She might be off of Twitter, but she’s still on Georgetown’s mind. The campus defended the professor, basically saying she did it on her own time. And I was only kidding earlier—the tweet was inspired by the professor’s rage over the entitled white men defending Brett Kavanaugh.
—QUOTABLE: “Look at thus [sic] chorus of entitled white men justifying a serial rapist’s arrogated entitlement. All of them deserve miserable deaths while feminists laugh as they take their last gasps. Bonus: we castrate their corpses and feed them to swine? Yes.” -Tweet by a psycho Georgetown professor
—QUOTABLE: “The views of faculty members expressed in their private capacities are their own and not the views of the University. Our policy does not prohibit speech based on the person presenting ideas or the content of those ideas, even when those ideas may be difficult, controversial or objectionable. While faculty members may exercise freedom of speech, we expect that their classrooms and interaction with students be free of bias and geared toward thoughtful, respectful dialogue.” -Georgetown University statement
Leland Keyser has no idea what Christine Blasey Ford is talking about. The two were best friends back in high school, when Ford claims she was sexually assaulted by a 17 year old Brett Kavanaugh. Ford even claims that Keyser was one of five people at the high school house party where the alleged incident happened. But in an interview with the FBI, Keyser repeated her statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee that she has no knowledge of the supposed 1982 party and has never met Kavanaugh. Keyser joins everyone else Ford claims where there in denying any recollection of the event. Both of her statements—before the committee and to the FBI—would be felonies if she was lying.
—QUOTABLE: as my client has already made clear, she does not know Judge Kavanaugh and has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.” -Howard Walsh, Keyser’s lawyer
The FBI probe into Brett Kavanaugh’s background could wrap up as soon as today (Wednesday). The White House ordered an expanded background investigation after the Senate Judiciary Committee advanced Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the full senate on the condition of a limited duration FBI probe on the heels of three completely unsubstantiated allegations. The White House on Monday expanded the background check, but reports on Tuesday confirmed the probe is moving along swiftly—that would allow Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to hold the final confirmation vote yet this week, as he’s signaled he wants to do.
Julie Swetnick is facing an accusation of her own. The third woman who accused Brett Kavanaugh of inappropriate sexual behavior is facing the accusation by her ex boyfriend that she threatened to kill their unborn child after he discontinued their relationship. The ex, Richard Vineccy, also told Fox News that Swetnick asked him to hit her on occasion. He also said that she never discussed her recently publicized allegation—one that has no evidence—that Kavanaugh and a friend orchestrated a gang rape ring and spiked punch bowls at house parties when they were teenagers. Swetnick’s lawyer, Michael Avenatti of Stormy Daniels porn star fame, dismissed Vineccy’s claims as just those of “an aggrieved ex boyfriend.”
—QUOTABLE: “Right after I broke up with her, she basically called me many times and at one point she basically said, ‘You will never, ever see your unborn child alive.’” -Vineccy on Laura Ingraham
The third Kavanaugh accuser is backing off her claims. In an interview with MSNBC, Julie Swetnick completely changed her story that Brett Kavanaugh and his friend would spike the punch at high school parties with grain alcohol and ringlead the gang rapes of drunk high school girls by “trains” of boys. Before, she claimed Kavanaugh and Mark Judge “made efforts to spike the punch” with drugs and alcohol. Her new story is that she saw the two standing next to the punch once. Before, she claimed the pair stood in line outside locked rooms waiting to take their turn in the “train rape” of girls. But now she says the boys were actually just standing around, and she only suspects that rapes were happening and that they were waiting.
—QUOTABLE: “I cannot specifically say that he was one of the ones who assaulted me, but before this happened to me at that party, I saw Brett Kavanaugh there, I saw Mark Judge there, and they were hanging about the area where I started to feel disoriented.” -Swetnick
The New York Times is backing down from one of its hit jobs on Brett Kavanaugh. The so-called “paper of record” admitted it made a mistake in allowing a Yale law lecturer write a report about the SCOTUS nominee’s supposed involvement in a 1985 bar fight. The Times reported Monday that Kavanaugh once threw ice at another man in a bar while a college student. Co-author Emily Bazelon, the lecturer, has also denounced Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The paper at first stood by the report, then backed down and acknowledged Bazelon is no neutral news reporter.
The Times’ initial statement claimed: “This is a straightforward story based on police reports, which are public documents.”
They then backed off: “Emily Bazelon is a writer for The New York Times Magazine who occasionally writes op-eds for the opinion section…In retrospect, editors should have used a newsroom reporter for that assignment.
California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a tough new net neutrality law for the state on Sunday. Hours later, the Trump Justice Department sued to block it. The Trump administration is arguing that the law, which claims to bring “fairness” for all internet users, interferes with federal powers to set national communications standards. These net neutrality regulations—a similar one was imposed nationally under Obama and rescinded under Trump—aim to prevent major internet providers from slowing access to some websites while giving preferred speeds to others, usually depending on demand and contracts. You know, the free market.
—QUOTABLE: “The Justice Department should not have to spend valuable time and resources to file this suit today, but we have a duty to defend the prerogatives of the federal government and protect our constitutional order. We will do so with vigor.” -Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
President Trump is celebrating a huge new trade deal. On Monday, a new trade pact with Canada and Mexico emerged just before an important deadline. The agreement replaces NAFTA, the Clinton-era trade compact that Trump has spent years bashing as a terrible deal. “NAFTA was perhaps the worst trade deal ever made,” Trump said at a press conference Monday. He added the new agreement will protect American farmers and retailers, and reverse the mass exodus of American manufacturing jobs. The president also commended his counterparts in Mexico and Canada, who he has previously criticized. According to Trump’s remarks, next on the list is China.
Barack Obama all but made it official: he’s a socialist. Well at least he endorsed one. The failed former president on Monday endorsed avowed Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in her bid for a deep blue New York congressional district. Ocasio-Cortez came to fame when she shocked politics by knocking off deeply entrenched Democrat Joe Crowley, then went on to make a series of blunders that turned her into a punchline. Obama’s endorsement is hardly bold—the district she’s running for is hardcore Dem and her ideas, including abolishing ICE and having government take over all of health care, are gaining traction on the left.
A so-called investigation into domestic abuse allegations against Keith Ellison has come up empty-handed. That’s convenient, considering the probe into the sitting Democratic National Committee deputy chairman and Minnesota congressman was being conducted by a lawyer with deep ties to the Minnesota Democrat-Farmer-Labor Party. The attorney, Susan Ellingstad, was “unable to substantiate the claim of physical abuse made by Ms. Monahan,” the former girlfriend who says Ellison physically and emotionally abused her, and has produced evidence. The party says it’s handing over Ellingstad’s findings, such as they are, to the real authorities.
—QUOTABLE: “For the purpose of objectivity and getting all of the facts regarding these allegations, we have decided to forward the information in the investigation to local authorities in order to let them review the contests and determine whether further investigation is warranted.” -Ken Martin, DFL chairman
What goes around comes around. Senate Republicans are opening an investigation into Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s handling of the letter from Christine Blasey Ford alleging sexual misconduct against Brett Kavanaugh. Feinstein received the letter over the summer, but did nothing with it until moments before the voting would begin on Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Cotton told “Face The Nation” on Sunday that she should’ve made fellow members of the Senate Judiciary Committee aware of the allegation immediately. He says he wants to get to the bottom of the suspicious timing, adding Senate Dems betrayed Ford’s request to remain anonymous and victimized her by making the letter a last-minute political football.
—QUOTABLE: “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.” -Cotton
The White House expanded an FBI investigation into allegations against Brett Kavanaugh. The probe, ordered by President Trump as a condition for the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote to move Kavanaugh’s confirmation to full senate, could wrap up as soon as Tuesday. But on Monday President Trump authorized the FBI to go beyond a narrow list of people it was ordered to talk to, on the condition that it still gets completed quickly. The expanded scope came after Sen. Amy Klobuchar complained that the White House was trying to “micromanage” the investigation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell insists the final confirmation vote will be held this week.
—QUOTABLE: “I think the FBI should do what they have to do to get to the answer…Now with that being said, I’d like it go quickly…And the reason I’d like it to go quickly — very simple, so simple — because it’s unfair to [Kavanaugh] at this point.” -Trump
Mitch McConnell says the Senate will cast the Kavanaugh vote this week. The Senate Majority Leader on Monday made it clear he has no intention of delaying the confirmation vote on the full Senate floor any longer, despite objections by Democrats desperate to string out the process through the November midterms. The FBI is conducting an expanded investigation of Brett Kavanaugh’s background—the seventh such background check the SCOTUS nominee has gone through in his career. That probe is expected to wrap up yet this week.
—QUOTABLE: “The time for endless delay and obstruction has come to a close. Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination is out of committee. We’re considering it here on the floor…We’ll be voting this week.” -McConnell
After a morning of posturing and speechifying, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee finally voted on advancing Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court to the full body. The early afternoon vote followed maneuvering by Republican Jeff Flake and his Democrat buddy Chris Coons. Flake agreed to vote yes provided the Senate called for a week-long investigation of the harassment allegations leveled against Kavanaugh.
MEANWHILE – President Trump deferred to the Senate on an investigation, but it was revealed over the weekend that the FBI was directed to carefully limit the scope of the investigation, and not include any other women who might come forward against Kavanaugh.
Kanye West furthered his future political aspirations this weekend. After performing on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, he launched into a tirade about the media not telling the true story about what’s happening in America with Trump as president — implying good things, not bad. But the speech was cut and throw to commercial; only the studio audience saw all of it. He was even wearing a red Make America Great Again hat. President Trump chimed in Sunday morning, reminding the Twitterverse that he doesn’t watch SNL any more but is glad Kanye is leading the charge.
MEANWHILE — Kanye tweeted that the 13th Amendment should be repealed — that’s the amendment that makes slavery illegal. He later clarified … sort of: “The 13th Amendment is slavery in disguise meaning it never ended We are the solution that heals.”
A Russian law student and feminist warrior battling “manspreading” has taken matters into her own hands. Furious that men would dare manspread—which is to sit with their legs open (rather than clamping down on man land)—on subways, Anna Dovgalyuk is dumping bleach on men’s crotches on subways. She highlights this crusade in a video manifesto, saying she likes the bleach because it leaves “indelible stains” in the fabric. She warns men everywhere, who she assumes must be trying to impose their machismo with the way they sit, that “we will publicly cool you off!”
—QUOTABLE: “This solution is 30 times more concentrated than the mixture used by housewives when doing the laundry. It eats colours in the fabric in a matter of minutes — leaving indelible stains.”
The owner of a D.C. restaurant that was flooded by left-wing protesters earlier this week says he and his staff and their families are getting death threats. Sen. Ted Cruz and his wife were forced to leave the restaurant when a mob, a branch of the “Antifa” group calling itself “Smash Racism DC,” crowded the place shouting “we believe survivors,” referring to accusations leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. That event has apparently led to a flood of nasty comments from both sides of the Cruz’s mobbing. But the staff “have shown remarkable grit and calm,” wrote owner Fabio Trabocchi said in a statement. He added his restaurant tries to accommodate patrons regardless of what their political party or views are. Very old fashioned of them.
Stephen Colbert is ripping Jim Acosta. The CNN grandstander-in-chief had another confrontation with President Trump during a news conference on Wednesday, with Acosta asking if one of his female colleagues could ask Trump a question after he was done. “It would be great if a female reporter would ask you a question about this issue,” Acosta said in a nauseating display of virtue signaling while asking about accusations against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. The president said he “wouldn’t mind that at all,” then called on a female correspondent…from NBC. Acosta and Trump have had a rocky relationship, and the president has dubbed ol’ Jim and his employer “fake news.”
President Trump postponed his meeting with Rod Rosenstein, which was set for Thursday. The two were supposed to meet to mull over Rosenstein’s future, but you might have heard there was a hearing going on. According to White House Sarah Sanders, Trump didn’t want to do anything to interrupt or interfere with the remarks by Kavanaugh and his accuser. But on Wednesday, the president offered a hint at the embattled bureaucrat’s fate: “My preference would be to keep him,” Trump told reporters. Rosenstein has fallen out of favor with the president because he oversees Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged collusion between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russian agents. Sanders said the two will likely meet next week.
A woman is blasting the veracity of an anonymous letter likely describing her. The cryptic letter accuses Brett Kavanaugh—didn’t see that coming—of a 1998 assault of a then-girlfriend who the letter doesn’t name. Kavanaugh at the time was seeing federal Judge Dabney Friedrich, who called the idea Kavanaugh “sexually and aggressively” pushed her “offensive and absurd” in emails obtained by The Daily Caller. It’s not completely clear the letter referred to Friedrich, but it referred to a timeframe during which Kavanaugh and Friedrich were dating.