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Andrew Miller, who has been held in contempt of court for his failure to appear before the Mueller grand jury, is appealing the contempt order. The merits brief by Miller's lawyer was initially set to be due 9/7. Miller's lawyer asked for and was granted an extension to 9/10.
Tonight, though, we did not get the brief. At 10:52p, Miller's lawyer asked for another one-day extension because of "serious problems with his version of Word that resulted in documents not being able to be edited and saved properly." documentcloud.org/documents/4853…
It seems to me that if you're appealing a contempt order against your client, timely filing would be an important goal.
The final day of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings are underway. Today it’s witnesses, with the ABA panel up first. Then, a series of rapid-in-succession panels will cycle through, for a total of 28 witnesses slated to appear today.
Ted Olson is up now, supporting Kavanaugh's nomination, saying "he possesses and consistently has exemplified the qualities I have described" as being key to being a good Supreme Court justice.
Following Olson, Alicia Baker, sitting next to him, testifies emotionally about her insurance company not covering her birth control option, an IUD that she says ended up costing her and her husband $1,200, despite Obamacare.
Two points: 1. It seems like Trump's legal team is pretty close to giving in to the inevitability of him answering questions relating to the period before he was president. There's just no privilege that would apply to almost any of it. buzzfeednews.com/article/chrisg…
Developing: Not sure what this is, because it's sealed, but it could be a big deal. This is a motion at district court, with a proposed order, filed by the special counsel's office just now in Andrew Miller's contempt case for failing to appear before the grand jury. [1/x]
Miller has appealed the contempt order, so anything relating to his appeal would be filed at the DC Circuit, not at the district court level.
Notable, given the attention paid to this and given that the White House was putting out constant fact checks all day yesterday like it was a debate, that there has been no White House statement on this exchange and no response to my request for comment.
TONIGHT ENDED ON AN ODD NOTE: Kamala Harris And Brett Kavanaugh Had A Very Weird Exchange At His Confirmation Hearing About The Mueller Investigation buzzfeednews.com/article/chrisg…
A Harris aide tells me "it was notable the nominee could not provide a simple yes or no" to Harris's question about whether he talked w/ anyone at the Kasowitz firm about Mueller's investigation. buzzfeednews.com/article/chrisg…
Still early here in the hearing room, but this will be my thread for Day Two of the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. Today: Each senator on the committee gets 30 minutes for questions. If they all take their time, and none go over (ha!), that’s 10.5 hours.
Here’s Sen. Kennedy, talking with Kavanaugh’s wife, Ashley, in advance of Day Two.
Five people in a row, one by one, just interrupted the hearing, and were taken out one by one.
Burck is working for the Office of George W. Bush, not the library (which is a part of the National Archives). And the White House didn't say the staff secretary docs are confidential; Grassley didn't even request them.
The Kavanaugh confirmation hearing has begun, and Democrats ask for the hearing to be postponed for a multitude of reasons — including the new 42,000 pages of docs turned over last night (Harris) and the 100,000 docs withheld w a claim but not assertion of privilege (Whitehouse).
Leahy: "What are we trying to hide? What are we rushing?"
Protesters, also, are regularly interrupting the hearing. Loudly, and with signs.
If you’re just coming back from taking the long weekend off of news, I’ve been writing a lot about Brett Kavanaugh’s White House documents. It started Friday night: buzzfeednews.com/article/chrisg…
Then, on Sunday night, I pulled back and took a look at the bigger picture of what the Republicans have been doing with Kavanaugh’s documents: buzzfeednews.com/article/chrisg…
And then, finally last night, we got an answer about who — it was DOJ — made the call on the 100,000 pages of Kavanaugh’s docs that are being kept secret b/c lawyers determined they could be protected under executive privilege. buzzfeednews.com/article/chrisg…
Man, possibly queer, sitting in front row, loudly whispers: “She’s so good!”
BTW, an update: CRAZY RICH ASIANS is both hilarious and ultimately really sweet. I think it’s the first wedding scene I’ve enjoyed in a movie in many years? Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina = 💯s across the board
(Yes, I just saw it tonight. I was in NYC the first weekend, seeing theater, and then it kept being sold out here in DC the second weekend. Tonight, I gave in and sat in the front row to get there. Which like, rake in the $$$, y’all!)
And, from Meghan McCain: buzzfeednews.com/article/amberj… / And while the attention has been on the Trump-related parts of her eulogy, the other parts — that really honed in on how she saw her father outside of the contrast with Trump — were notable as well.
"My father had every reason to think the world was an awful place. My father had every reason to think the world was not worth fighting for. My father had every reason to think the world was worth leaving. He did not think any of those things."