Eric Swalwell: "I understand why a [man] who has 13 credible sexual assault allegations against him may not want to order somebody to investigate a judge he nominated with a sexual assault allegation but it is the right thing to do."
Day 564 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
The Justice Department, FBI, and ODNI are expected to tell Trump that some Russia investigation information should be kept secret with redactions, three people familiar with the matter tell Bloomberg.
Pelosi, Schumer, Schiff & Warner write to Wray, Coats & Rosenstein about Trump's declassification order, calling it "a brazen abuse of power" that "will violate longstanding Dept. of Justice policies, as well as assurances you have provided to us."
Ex-CIA Dir. Michael Hayden says Trump's declassification order is pushing institutions to a point where officials may have to disobey "egregious" directives from Trump.
Hayden says "it becomes quite clear that we are at that point" where Wray and Coats may have to resign.
Trump seems to say that he ordered the declassification of Russia-related documents in part because he has been asked "by so many people that I respect, please. The great Lou Dobbs, the great Sean Hannity, the wonderful great Jeanie Pirro."
Cody Wilson, who set off a national debate over plastic guns by posting online plans for making them with a 3D printer, has been charged with sexual assault.
Police say he had sex with an underage girl at a hotel and paid her $500.
Interesting to note that one of the top people helping Kavanaugh prepare for his potential upcoming hearing is Bill Shine, who was ousted at Fox News for mishandling sexual harassment cases. (H/t @jameshohmann)
"When British Prime Minister Theresa May told Trump by phone that British authorities were 95 percent sure that Moscow was responsible, Trump replied, 'Maybe we should get to 98 percent.'”
Trump says Manafort was with campaign a "short time." He joined Trump camp in March 2016, became campaign chairman in May 2016 & left campaign in August.
It was a key time as Trump sought to transition to general, shore up GOP support & get through nat'l convention.
Trump says that the FBI is "truly a cancer in our country" to The Hill.
He hopes it will be "one of my crowning achievements" to expose the 'corrupt' practices of the FBI. thehill.com/hilltv/rising/…
“I don’t have an attorney general."
Trump escalated his public war with his top law enforcement official, Jeff Sessions. nyti.ms/2NrAXYn
"Trump doesn't just blur the lines, he flat out tries to eradicate those lines," said ex-federal prosecutor Joyce Vance. "He wants a consigliere, not an attorney general. On the one hand, it's a pitiful thing to watch, but it's also deadly serious."
"It is a complete disgrace the way that Trump is acting like a schoolyard bully against Sessions," an ex-W.H. official said. "I understand his frustration ... But what a child. What an absolute baby. He's disgracing himself."
Kavanaugh’s accuser thought her life would be upended. She was right. wapo.st/2xvXFUt?tid=ss…
Professor Ford's eagerness to talk to FBI investigators is significant because she knows making a false statement to the bureau would be a felony.
Just ask Flynn, Papadopoulos and Gates. It shows her seriousness & bolsters her credibility. washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost…
W.H. officials engaged in a two-hour practice session, known as a murder board, with Kavanaugh, where he answered questions on his past, his partying, his dating and Ford's account. washingtonpost.com/politics/grass…
Anita Hill advises the Senate to "push the pause button" on Kavanaugh's nomination.
"Put together a hearing that is fair, that is impartial, that is not biased by politics ... and bring this information to the American public." (via ABC)
Republicans are privately worried about the risk unleashed by Christine Blasey Ford's allegation, Axios reports.
"This is the ugliest situation imaginable," said a source close to Senate Republican leaders.
Trump, asked about the FBI investigating the Kavanaugh allegation, falsely says, "the FBI really doesn't do that."
Trump can order the FBI to investigate. Bloomberg reports the FBI never told Trump it doesn't want to be involved.
A former schoolmate of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford writes on social media that she recalls the alleged Kavanaugh assault incident being discussed at their school, but adds that she has no first-hand information to corroborate the claims.
Here's the letter posted on Facebook from schoolmate who knew Kavanaugh, Judge & Ford and claims "many of us heard about it in school," and that it was talked about for days afterward.
The FBI should interview her and others.
The lawyer for Dr. Ford said there are multiple witnesses who should be included in the Monday hearing.
"The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth," said Lisa Banks, the lawyer for Ford.
Lawyer for Dr. Ford: "The Committee's stated plan to move forward with a hearing that has only two witnesses is not a fair or good faith investigation; there are multiple witnesses whose names have appeared publicly and should be included." huffingtonpost.com/entry/christin…
One plugged-in Republican says that several top GOP lawmakers have told colleagues that they hope Ford declines to show up for the hearing even as they issue statements urging her to do so. wapo.st/2NqCkqe
The GOP strategy on Kavanaugh: Do the absolute minimum necessary to appear to take the charges against him seriously — while doing everything possible to limit the ability of voters to make an informed judgment about those charges themselves.
36% do not want Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, according to a Reuters poll. That's up 6 points from a similar poll last month.
Only 31% are in favor of Kavanaugh's appointment.
Fewer than 2/3 of Republicans favor of his nomination.
Simon & Schuster announced that Bob Woodward's "Fear" sold more than 1,100,000 copies through Week 1.
It had the fastest opening in history for Simon & Schuster.
During Trump's visit to the CIA after his inauguration, he suggested to agency officials that bombs should be made silent, according to a new WaPo book. "Can they hear the bombs coming? We should make the bombs silent so they can’t get away."
CIA employees were so disturbed by Trump's post-inauguration speech before the agency's Memorial Wall that in days after he departed, some placed flowers at the site, according to a new WaPo book.
Trump tried to back out of the plan to expel 60 Russian spies over the poisoning in U.K., saying: "Maybe we shouldn't do this."
He forced his aides to convene a late-night Situation Room meeting to keep the plan on track, according to new WaPo book.washingtonpost.com/world/national…
Trump asks @DukeEnergy official about Lake Norman area of NC. "I love that area. I can’t tell you why, but I love that area.”
He doesn't mention that he's got a Trump National Golf Club on the shores of Lake Norman. He's told it's doing good.
Trump is privately lashing out at Ron DeSantis, accusing him of publicly betraying him, Politico reports.
Trump has told associates he views DeSantis as profoundly disloyal for distancing himself from Trump's Hurricane Maria death toll claims. politico.com/story/2018/09/…
Elaine Chao flew on FAA planes rather than commercial flights on 7 occasions between Jan and Aug 2017 for an estimated $93,977.84, according to records.
One European flight cost taxpayers an estimated $68,892 for her and 5 staffers.
Michael Flynn has a sentencing date: December 18.
Trump’s former national security adviser set to be sentenced six days after his former personal attorney is set to be sentenced
China is not likely to “substantively reengage” with Trump on trade until the WH gets its “internal house in order,” says former Australian PM and longtime China expert Kevin Rudd. nyti.ms/2Dauo7D?smid=n…
Alibaba founder reverses on promise to create 1 million jobs in US over Trump trade dispute with China hill.cm/mE5waxy
Last month, a CNN investigation found remnants of a US-made bomb at the scene of an airstrike in Yemen that killed dozens of children.
Now, CNN has identified a string of other incidents in which US-made bombs killed or put civilians in harms way. cnn.it/2DhFUym
Donald Trump suggested building a wall across the SAHARA desert solve Europe’s migrant crisis, Spanish minster reveals.
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In case you missed yesterday's thread:
Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow says Trump ***never told Lester Holt he fired Comey over Russia***, says it was misleading edit, cites secret extended transcript the details of which he won’t reveal.
GOP Sen. Dean Heller on a conference call: “We got a little hiccup here with the Kavanaugh nomination, we’ll get through this and we’ll get off to the races.” thenevadaindependent.com/article/heller…
Brett Kavanaugh Liked Female Clerks Who Looked A ‘Certain Way,’ Yale Student Was Told
The Trump administration is diverting MILLIONS of dollars from cancer research, women’s shelters, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, mental, and maternal health programs to pay to INCARCERATE CHILDREN.