Sunday News Roundup: October 22, 2018


Senator Rand Paul tells Chris Wallace the Saudi account that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a fist fight at their consulate isn’t believable. “This is just another in the line of long instances of Saudi insults to the civilized world,” Paul said. He called for ending arms sales to the Arab kingdom and reconsidering their status as an American ally.


Senator Thom Tillis echoed Rand Paul’s sentiment to Chuck Todd on Meet the Press: “In Saudi Arabia, you do not do something of this magnitude without having clearance from the top. We need to find out who that is and hold him accountable,” Tillis said.


US Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke is walking back his use of the “Lyin’ Ted” epithet he borrowed from President Trump to attack Ted Cruz. Cruz and Trump have made up, and Trump is campaigning for Cruz before Election Day. This week on the campaign trail, O’Rourke said the “Lyin’ Ted monicker” was fitting for his opponent and Trump was right to use it. But under pressure to disassociate himself in any way at all from the Commander in Chief, he apologized to ABC News: “That wasn’t the best phrase for me to use but, you know, I’m — I’m going to do my best to stay focused on the future.”


Senator Ben Sasse touted his new book, “Them,” which analyzes the deep political divide in the country. The book points to the digital revolution alienating people and removing community associations that until recently kept people together despite political differences.

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ABC- The Week with George Stephanopolous

SEN LINDSEY GRAHAM  told George Stephanopolous that the media is trying to portray Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh as “stumbling, bumbling drunk gang rapist who during high school and college was Bill Cosby and that if true six prior FBI background checks over the years would have uncovered this.” This was in response to Stephanopolous’ question regarding the relevance of questioning that won’t take place by the FBI surrounding Kavanaugh’s drinking in high school and college.

GRAHAM is also calling for a supplemental investigation to find out who leaked the confidential letter that detailed the original accusation against Kavanaugh that was given to SEN DIANE FEINSTEIN  in July. GRAHAM has said that both Ford and Kavanaugh have been wronged in this process and suspects the letter was leaked by FEINSTEIN. GRAHAM said that he “has sympathy for Ford but he accusations do not hold up.”

The media, including ABC THIS WEEK, has been reporting that President Trump has limited the scope of the investigation to include only the accusations made by Christine Blasey Ford but Trump has tweeted that “the FBI should interview whomever they deem necessary to complete their investigation.”

SEN MAZIE HIRONO  told George Stephanopoulos that Brett Kavanaugh’s accusation of a Democratic conspiracy proves he can’t be non-partisan as a Supreme Court Justice. HIRONO called Kavanaugh’s claims “bizarre”.

NBC- Meet the Press was pre-empted by the Ryder Cup.

CBS- Face the Nation

SEN AMY KLOBUCHAR D-MN says that reports of Kavanaugh’s excessive drinking is relevant in the supplemental FBI probe as he may have had episodes of blackouts and memory loss and therefore may not remember his alleged assault of Christine Blasey Ford.

SEN TOM COTTON R-AR said that Christine Balsey Ford has been victimized by the Democrats on the Judiciary Committee and that they have “turned advise and consent into search and destroy” and “Democrats have disgraced this process and the United State Senate in their orchestrated smear campaign of character assassination against Judge Kavanaugh.”

FOX News Sunday

In an interview with Chris Wallace WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY SARAH SANDERS discussed the ongoing fight over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and how the White House is not micro managing the process of the supplemental FBI investigation into Brett Cavanaugh that was opened over the weekend and has been given a deadline of the end of the coming week to complete. Sanders did say the investigation will not be allowed to become an “endless fishing expedition” as is what the Democrats want. Sanders went on to say that the Democrats have been “disgraceful in the handling of both Ford and Kavanaugh.”

SANDERS also discussed the job security of Deputy Attorney General ROD ROSENSTEIN. She had nothing new to add as she thought that the meeting with President Trump to discuss media reports that ROSENSTEIN has discussed wearing a wire to entrap the President into a 25th Amendment removal situation would be postponed another week given the ongoing mess with the Kavanaugh nomination.

FOX Sunday News 8/5

FOX News Sunday: A second amendment advocate tells CHRIS WALLACE Americans should have access to instructions to 3-D Print handguns. CODY WILSON is the Director of Defense Distributed. He says the Second Amendment is pretty clear and is okay with the consequences.
Quotable: “I literally believe in the Second Amendment to the point of that it’s alright and it should be expected there will be social costs for protecting a right like this.” – Cody Wilson

CBS Sunday News 8/5

Face the Nation: Adviser to the President KELLYANNE CONWAY underscored PRESIDENT TRUMP’s rhetoric about the fake news media. She says she does not believe that journalists are the “enemy of the people” but rather they are an enemy of “the news that is relevant and the news you can use” which in her opinion is what the public wants.”

ABC Sunday News 8/5

The Week with George Stephanopolous: Trump attorney JAY SEKULOW told GEORGE STEPHANOPOLOUS there’s just nothing illegal about DONALD TRUMP JR taking a meeting in the hopes of getting dirt on HILLARY CLINTON.

Quotable: “we’ve seen 1.4 million documents, we’ve provided 32 witness interviews of any type of collusion on behalf of the president and the Russians. You know what we have seen, though? One of the most irregular investigations in U.S. history.” – Jay Sekulow