Day 565 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
Legal experts said the docs Trump wants declassified—especially unredacted texts of gov't officials—may violate the Privacy Act.
"There is no exception for the order of a president," one ex-DOJ official said. "Public interest is not an exception." politi.co/2NnhaJp
Today's shooting in Aberdeen, Maryland was the third mass shooting across the country in less than 24 hours
No White House press briefing today.
The White House has only held 1 briefing since August 23rd.
Trump admin moves $260M from cancer research, HIV/AIDS and other programs to cover custody of immigrant children costs
ICE reportedly arrested dozens of undocumented immigrants who came forward to take care of undocumented immigrant children in government custody. cnn.com/2018/09/20/pol…
Several officials who have had direct roles in the nomination and background check process tell Politico that it's common, as part of the FBI's vetting, to investigate matters that do not qualify as federal crimes. Like Trump did with Rob Porter.
Tim Weiner, historian of U.S. intel services, contends the GOP argument against further FBI scrutiny of Ford's claim is "nonsense."
Weiner says it's not just desirable, but "essential" for the FBI to investigate to "determine whether he is a liar." washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-lin…
Anita Hill thinks it's ironic senators who are deciding who'll sit on SCOTUS "can't really put partisanship aside long enough to put together a fair hearing," doubts Judiciary staff are "qualified to carry out an investigation in a neutral fashion."
Kristine Lucius, an ex-staffer for the Senate Judiciary Committee, says that Dr. Ford is being treated worse than Anita Hill because the White House is refusing to order an FBI to investigate Dr. Ford's allegation against Kavanaugh.
Ex-federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah: "The fact that Brett Kavanaugh is not himself saying, 'yeah, let's investigate this' and asking for it himself, I think that's very telling."
Kirsten Gillibrand: "Who is not asking the FBI to investigate these claims? The White House. Judge Kavanaugh has not asked to have the FBI to review these claims. Is that the reaction of an innocent person? It is not." (via CBS)
CNN has spotted Brett Kavanaugh at the White House today, for the fourth day in a row.
For someone who is supposedly innocent of any wrongdoing, he sure is requiring a lot of prep sessions.
The WaPo Fact Checker gives Kavanaugh three Pinnochios for his claims about what he knew and when he knew it about the stolen confidential Democratic files.
Interesting language. Republican Sen. Dean Heller described Dr. Blasey Ford's allegation against Kavanaugh as "a little hiccup," goes on to say, "we'll get through this and we’ll get off to the races."
It’s the fear about more stories like this one that is causing the Republicans to rush this nomination through as fast as possible.
Dems/Ford want FBI to probe her allegations
WH/Senate GOP say GOP Judiciary staff's on it
Top GOP Judiciary staffer tweets “we will confirm” Kavanaugh
Under GWB, GOP Judiciary staff used stolen D emails to strategize w/Kavanaugh on nominations
Mazie Hirono tells ABC that Chuck Grassley's claim that Republicans have done everything they can to contact Dr. Ford "is such bullshit I can hardly stand it."
The Senate Hart Building with hundreds of women, femmes, and allies to say #IBelieveChristine.
Roughly two dozen anti-Kavanaugh protestors outside of Bob Corker’s office got arrested and yelling, “We believe women!” and “Corker vote no!”
Anti-Kavanaugh protesters occupied @SenatorCollins’ office:
NYT: Dr. Ford has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she "would be prepared to testify next week," so long as senators offer "terms that are fair and which ensure her safety," according to an email her lawyers sent to committee staff. nyti.ms/2PTAivs
The lawyer reiterated that it's Dr. Blasey's "strong preference" that "a full investigation" occur before her testimony — wording that stopped short of demanding an FBI probe and suggested she's open to testifying without one, NYT reports.
"As you are aware, she has been receiving death threats ... and she and her family have been forced out of their home," the email said. "She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety."
South Carolina Republican Rep. Ralph Norman: "Did y'all hear the latest late-breaking news on the Kavanaugh hearings? Ruth Bader Ginsburg came out that she was groped by Abraham Lincoln."
Sheldon Whitehouse says that if Dems win in November, they'll look into the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh — even if he's been confirmed to the Supreme Court.
"As soon as Democrats get gavels, we're going to want to get to the bottom of this."
Del. Stacey Plaskett from USVI points out on @MSNBC that Trump has yet to visit the Virgin Islands following Hurricane Maria.
"We're far from where we need to be and I think it's the slow walk of this admin in putting out the funding that Congress was generous with."
Trump ally Bob Goodlatte: “The law is clear: the Administration must consult with Congress prior to Trump's determination of the annual refugee ceiling.
But this did not happen this year, and the Trump Administration has no excuse for not complying with their obligation”
Trump blasts GOP over "ridiculous" spending bill: "Where is the money for the wall?"
But, yet, he lies and tells his supporters that construction has already begun.
Mike Pence will address this year’s Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, an event put on annually by Anti-LGBT hate group Family Research Council
HUD awarded promotions and pay increases to 5 political operatives with no housing policy experience within their first months on the job, demonstrating what watchdogs and career staff describe as a premium put on loyalty over expertise.
Survey commissioned by RNC has glum conclusion:
Voters strongly believe Trump tax cut helps wealthy instead of average Americans.
By 61%-30%, respondents said the law benefits ‘large corporations and rich Americans’ over ‘middle class families’
Scariest thing I saw today:
To open his Thursday rally in Las Vegas, Trump reportedly "personally requested" a right-wing businessman and gaudy TV star who embraces radical conspiracy theories.
Birds of a feather.
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In case you missed yesterday's thread:
Trump has arrived at Trump International Hotel in Las Vegas, according to the pool report.
This is Trump's 200th day at a Trump property since taking office at our expense.
200 of 608 days.