Day 573 of NO EVIDENCE produced by Trump that his phones were tapped by Obama.
The FISA warrant Trump referenced targeted Carter Page. #TrumpLies
Real-time U.S. gun violence numbers, 1/1 to 9/28:
—10,874 gun deaths
—21,220 gun injuries
—500 children killed or injured
—2,108 teenagers killed or injured
—1,514 armed home invasions
—1,345 incidents of defensive gun use
—1,209 unintentional shootings
—269 mass shootings
No White House press briefing today.
The last briefing was September 10th.
The White House has only held 1 briefing since August 23rd.
Reminder: The Trump administration is systematically locking up thousands of children at unheard of rates - now a staggering 12,800.
The government classifies these children as "unaccompanied"
A Russian-born American businessman who gave $273,000 to support Trump's 2016 campaign was in extensive contact with a high-ranking Russian official and offered to brief that official during the final months of the campaign, NBC News reports. nbcnews.com/politics/donal…
A judge has ruled that 200 congressional Democrats have standing to sue Trump for allegedly violating the Constitution by doing business with foreign governments while in office, according to WaPo. washingtonpost.com/politics/congr…
Lindsey Graham on Ford last night on Hannity: “I am more convinced than ever that he didn’t do it, that he’s the right guy to be on the court, that Ms. Ford has a problem and destroying Judge Kavanaugh’s life won’t fix her problem.”
"I'm a single white man from South Carolina and I'm told I should shut up. But I will not shut up, if that's OK," Graham says.
The American Bar Association called on the Senate Judiciary Committee to halt the consideration of Brett Kavanaugh's nomination until an FBI investigation is completed. cnn.com/2018/09/27/pol…
Interesting note on the ABA urging for a postponement on Kavanaugh's vote: Lindsey Graham cited a letter from the American Bar Association yesterday at the hearing during his outburst, holding it up as proof of Kavanaugh's great character.
Lynne Brookes, ex-Kavanaugh classmate, claims Kavanaugh mislead about his drinking at Yale.
"While at Yale, he was a big partier, often drank to excess and there had to be a number of nights where he does not remember."
Kavanaugh repeatedly said he was legally allowed to consume beer as a prep school senior in Maryland.
In fact, he was never legal in high school because Maryland's drinking age increased to 21 at the end of his junior year, while he was still 17.
Rachel Mitchell was quickly sidelined once Kavanaugh started testifying, never to be heard from again.
Politico reports Republicans stopped using her once Mitchell started doing damage to Kavanaugh closing in on July 1, 1982.
"As a rape survivor, I was shaking in my chair as Dr. Ford described her assault," one NYT reader wrote during the Kavanaugh hearing.
"It's important to realize that the people at the party who weren't assaulted or stressed by the event are not as likely to remember it.
For her, it was a memorable event; for them, it may have just been another time hanging out with few friends."
E-mails obtained show that Republican Senate staff stymied Kavanaugh accuser Deborah Ramirez's effort to give testimony.
Lawyers for Ramirez tell Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer she was willing to cooperate with Grassley and the Judiciary Cmte.
"Ms. Ramirez's counsel have repeatedly requested to speak with the Committee, on a bipartisan basis, to determine how to proceed.
I've never encountered an instance where the Committee has refused even to speak with an individual or counsel."
"I am perplexed as to why this is happening here, except that it seems designed to ensure that the Majority can falsely claim that Ms. Ramirez and her lawyers refused to cooperate. That simply is not true."
Jeff Flake said he would vote to confirm Kavanaugh, NBC reports.
Women confront Flake after he said he'd vote yes:
“You’re telling all women in America, that they don’t matter. They should just keep it to themselves because if they have told the truth you’re just going to help that man to power anyway.”
NY Times spoke to the women who confronted Jeff Flake in the elevator.
“I wanted him to feel my rage."
Maria Gallagher, one of the women who spoke with Flake in the elevator, says she never expected to relay the most emotional moment of her life to a senator. She had never told anyone before. It had just come out, right there, in front of everyone. thedailybeast.com/sen-jeff-flake…
Led by Republicans, the committee voted down Sen. Blumenthal's motion to subpoena Mark Judge.
A senator is heard saying "the ram-job continues."
Mark Judge says (under penalty of felony) that he avoids public speaking engagements due to anxiety, meanwhile his publisher literally lists him as a *public speaker*.
Maybe instead of a subpoena the Senate can just book him to speak...
Grassley moved to have the Committee vote on Kavanaugh at 1:30PM.
The vote was 11-8 along party lines.
Booker and Harris did not vote as a protest.
Sheldon Whitehouse on Mark Judge letter: "Do you think investigator Kavanaugh would have tolerated letters like this from the 3rd person in the room, had there been one with Mr. Clinton and Ms. Lewinsky? Never ... Yet this is what we’re supposed to satisfy ourselves with."
Klobuchar: "When I heard this santicmonious talk about some kind of political strategy, well I'll give you Exhibit A: Merrick Garland, who was delayed for 10 months.
You talk about a nominee getting off the floor when we're asking for one week for an investigation?"
The dean of Yale Law, Kavanaugh's alma mater, called for an FBI investigation.
Jeff Flake: "I think it would be proper to delay the floor vote for up to but not more than one week, in order to let the FBI do an investigation, limited in time and scope to the current allegations that are there."
Senate Judiciary advanced Kavanaugh's nomination to full Senate, Flake voted "aye" with the understanding that a floor vote could be delayed no more than a week in order to let the FBI do an investigation that is “limited in time and scope.”
Jeff Flake says that the Democrats have been "justifiably uncomfortable" in moving ahead without an FBI investigation.
After Flake was confronted by protesters, he was clearly distraught in committee room. And after he listened to the fiery debate in committee, he approached Coons.
It wasn't just the protesters, it was close friends calling him.
Chris Coons gets emotional when discussing Flake's decision: "He and I do not share a lot of political views but...Senator Flake and I share a deep concern for the health of this institution and what it means to the rest of this world." (via CBS)
Blumenthal: "This FBI investigation has to be real and penetrating so that the truth and facts and evidence are all uncovered. This FBI investigation cannot be a show or a charade. It must be real and it must go to the witnesses who are likely to produce facts."
MURKOWSKI said she spoke with Flake before he made his decision in Judiciary committee and they are in agreement.
She says she supports having an FBI investigation that is “limited in scope”
A lawyer for Mark Judge told CNBC that Judge "will answer any and all questions posed to him" by the FBI about serious sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. cnbc.com/2018/09/28/kav…
Reminder: This suddenly looms larger now.
Mark Judge's college girlfriend is prepared to talk to the FBI, according to her lawyer:
Trump has signed a funding bill that will avert a government shutdown this weekend.
The bill was passed by the House earlier this week.
The spending bill, signed by Trump which keeps the government open through December 7, totals $854 billion
This tweet is the official committee account
Statement from Trump:
“I’ve ordered the FBI to conduct a supplemental investigation to update Judge Kavanaugh’s file. As the Senate has requested, this update must be limited in scope and completed in less than one week.”
So much for "FBI really doesn't do that."
Dr. Ford’s lawyer, Debra S. Katz, on FBI probe: "No artificial limits as to time or scope should be imposed on this investigation."
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At a private fundraiser at his namesake hotel, Trump on Thursday night appeared to back Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to be the next Speaker, several attendees told The Hill.
Not if Dems take the House!
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Flake & Coons squeezed into an oversize phone booth to call the FBI to see if a probe could be done in a week. Wray wasn't available, so they called Rosenstein. Rosenstein said it could.
Soon after, Flake asked for the probe.
Republicans believe more Kavanaugh allegations may surface in the coming days, according to Politico.