Starting today's Kavanaugh thread with the now-deleted tweets from last night from the Senate Judiciary Committee's Republican chief counsel for nominations — and his explanation this morning for those tweets (and for his having deleted them).
Note: Mike Davis worked on nominations in the George W. Bush White House political affairs office while Brett Kavanaugh's DC Circuit nomination was pending, per his LinkedIn bio. (More recently, he rejoined his old 10th Circuit boss, Neil Gorsuch, briefly as a SCOTUS clerk.)
Family of Dr. Ford puts out a letter of support, per @bridgitmendler, who calls Ford her aunt:
There are no noted dissents, making it pretty clear that the Chief Justice's action over the weekend was more about keeping the district court's ruling from going into effect (as it was set to do Monday) until the full court could reach a resolution on the stay request.
In a speech on the Senate floor, the Democratic leader, Sen. Chuck Schumer says that there should not be a limit to two witnesses. Specifically, he notes that Mark Judge should testify. He also raises the "issue of credibility," noting other questions about Kavanaugh's answers.
Feinstein, in a new statement, also questions the two-witness plan —>
Read that and more in the latest set of documents from Kavanaugh's communications with OLC while in the White House. This latest set is from when he was staff secretary, so Grassley considered them "irrelevant" and didn't even ask for them.
@ZoeTillman@lawrencehurley The docket no. is 18A276, and the application was submitted to Chief Justice John Roberts, who is considering such applications out of the 9th Circuit currently (since Kennedy resigned).
Update —> DOJ withdrew its stay request at #SCOTUS regarding a discovery dispute in the ongoing Washington state-based challenge to Trump's transgender military ban because the 9th Circuit granted a stay.
BREAKING: Chief Justice John Roberts, without referring the matter to the rest of the court, issued a stay of a DC Dist Ct ruling that would have meant add'l disclosure requirements on Crossroads GPS and other similar groups. #SCOTUS
The ruling of the US District Court in DC was set to take effect on Sept. 17. Here is Crossroads request for an emergency stay, which was submitted to Roberts on Friday: documentcloud.org/documents/4887…
And if I think too much longer about — “Then, like magic, ‘3000 PEOPLE KILLED.’” — well, I don’t know what I’ll do, but I can bet @SpeakerRyan and @SenateMajLdr would have a statement out within the hour if this addressed a place that had voting representation in Congress.
The facts in this account echo those in our earlier @BuzzFeedNews report, which contains on-the-record people describing how the letter signed by 65 women supporting Kavanaugh came together —> buzzfeednews.com/article/chrisg…
@BuzzFeedNews This is a description of how that letter came together b/c people were speculating — so we asked the signatories. We also have been doing extensive reporting on the other letter, containing the allegation against Kavanaugh. Thursday: buzzfeednews.com/article/lissan…
OK, here goes Friday. @ZoeTillman is at the courthouse in DC, and I’ll be at the office shortly to handle things from my end. As I already was told this morning by one lawyer involved in this larger legal and political drama playing out before us: “Be alert today.”
This is just so appalling that I don’t even know how to react.
If you follow me, then you’ve seen my tweets (and RTs of @TomNamako and others) detailing how @nidhiprakash has been following the story of Maria — and the death toll issues — for the past year. For the president the say this in the face of that reporting is both a lie and cruel.
We have actual, real-time reporting that the early numbers were an obvious lie. The PR govt has, effectively, acknowledged that with its recent work. Now, the president — with no evidence — says that both of those are not real. Absurd.
We sure wouldn’t want a filmmaker to feel hurt in the aftermath of a black woman discussing how the history of racism in America plays out in recent times in the film industry — even in movies about our racist history.
I remember being surprised to see this method of dealing with a drug crisis reappearing, including in US Attorney's Offices during the Obama administration. I saw both the Philly USA and SDNY under Preet — with a news release and quotes! — bringing such charges.