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Kavanaugh Accuser Willing to Testify, and so is Kavanaugh

Thus far, SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh is holding his ground against Democrat activist and Palo Alto professor Christine Blasey Ford, who has come forward with “attempted rape” accusations from more than 35 years ago. Ford has since raised the stakes, saying she is willing to testify about the incident from high school. Kavanaugh, too, has said he is willing to testify under oath about the accusation, releasing the following statement: “This is a completely false allegation. I have never done anything like what the accuser describes-to her or to anyone. Because this never happened, I had no idea who was making this accusation until she identified herself yesterday.” One might wonder if this is simply a warmed over version of the Anita Hill “scandal,” which threatened to derail the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas nearly 30 years ago. Despite “hope and change,” some things never change.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

The woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of having attempted to force himself on her at a party when they were both in high school says she is willing to testify about the alleged sexual assault. Kavanaugh has responded in a statement Monday by saying he is also willing to testify under oath.

On Monday, the lawyer representing California professor Christine Blasey Ford says she is willing to testify publicly before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the “attempted rape” she says happened over three decades ago that was brought to light by Democrats in the eleventh hour of the confirmation process:

Kavanaugh adamantly denies the allegation, as does the other man named by Ford, Mark Judge.

“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time,” Kavanaugh said when the allegation first came to light last week.

 

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Spartacus Not-So-‘Smart’acus

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) trolled Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ)’s effort to portray himself as “Spartacus” – a gladiator slave who dared to challenge Rome in the Third Servile War – as he pulled a publicity stunt to release classified information that wasn’t classified at all in the hopes of drumming up the anti-Kavanaugh crowd, which appears to be fizzling or otherwise failing to gain traction. Hatch tweeted a picture of himself talking to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and captioned it “You know . . . I knew Spartacus.” Well played, Senator, well played.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

Republican lawmakers this week openly mocked Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., for claiming to have an “I am Spartacus” moment when he claimed to violate Senate rules by releasing emails related to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, even though the emails had already been approved for release.

Booker insisted Thursday he was a Senate rule violator, even though the email he discussed in the hearing was OK’d for public release the night before. And after Booker dramatically laid claim to an “I am Spartacus” moment, Republicans mocked him for it.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, tweeted out a picture of him talking to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, and captioned it, “You know … I knew Spartacus.”

Friday morning, Rubio joked about how Booker’s stunt might have played out in ancient Rome.

“On this day in 71B.C. the Thracian gladiator Spartacus was put to death by Marcus Licinius Crassus for disclosing confidential scrolls,” Rubio tweeted.

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FBI Official: Bureau Leaked ‘Collusion’ Stories to Get FISA Warrants

An FBI intelligence analyst told House investigative committees last week that it was a known practice for bureau officials to leak information to the press…and then use the resulting articles to OBTAIN SURVEILLANCE WARRANTS. Jonathan Moffa – who worked with notorious former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page – offer testimony arguing that we should be especially concerned with the Yahoo! News’ Michael Isikoff article published Sept. 23, 2016. This story, which failed to corroborate the Steele dossier, was based on information leaked by Steele only to then be used in the successful FISA application. Can you say ‘fabrication’?

Here’s more from Fox News…

An FBI intelligence analyst admitted to House committees last week that bureau officials were known to leak information to the press and then use the resulting articles to help obtain surveillance warrants, according to a source with knowledge of his testimony.

Jonathan Moffa, who worked with controversial former FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, testified last Friday behind closed doors before the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight Committee.

The source with knowledge of his statements confirmed to Fox News that Moffa said FBI personnel would use media reports based on information they leaked to justify applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrants.

The source told Fox News that Moffa acknowledged this “had been a practice in the past.”

Republicans have long questioned to what extent leaked information, related to the unverified anti-Trump dossier, was used as a basis for surveillance warrants against former Trump adviser Carter Page in 2016 — when the bureau was led by James Comey and deputy Andrew McCabe.

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NFL Legend Jim Brown Backs Trump 2020

Famed former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown, 82, has thrown his support behind President Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign. He made the announcement during an appearance on “The JT The Brick Show” on Fox Sports Radio. “Now, that would make me very unpopular in the black community, very unpopular with a lot of Americans … but I think that there are certain good things that are coming out of this presidency because we’ve never seen anything like it,” Brown said. This is certainly bad news for Democrats, who need every reason possible to assail Trump ahead of November.

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

President Trump is threatening to force his Justice Department to hand over documents Republicans have sought for months about its investigation into his campaign.

Trump has said for months that he didn’t want to get involved. But in a Fox News interview that aired Thursday, he said he may have to step in.

“At the right time, I think I’m going to have to do the documents,” he said when asked if he would use his power to force the department to act.

“I didn’t want to, but I think I’m going to have to. There’s such corruption,” he added.

Republicans have been pressing the Justice Department for documents that detail the decisions it made about investigations into Trump’s campaign, as well as Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Republicans in recent weeks have said a top official in the department, Bruce Ohr, was in contact with Christopher Steele, who wrote the disputed “Trump dossier” that was used to justify surveillance on a former Trump campaign adviser.

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Schumer Demands Kavanaugh Postponement

In a desperate bid to prevent Trump from stacking the Court against reinterpretation of the U.S. Constitution for years to come, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is calling for the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone hearings for Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation. Why? Because in the words of Schumer: “The president, identified as an unidentified co-conspirator of a federal crime, an accusation made not by a political enemy but by the closest of his own confidants, is on the verge of making a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, a court that may some day soon determine the extent of the president’s legal jeopardy.” Translation: we need to stop a conservative nominee, and, look, there’s a squirrel!

Here’s more from Washington Examiner…

The Senate’s top Democrat on Wednesday called for the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone its consideration of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, citing the bombshell guilty plea from Michael Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal attorney.

“The president, identified as an unidentified co-conspirator of a federal crime, an accusation made not by a political enemy but by the closest of his own confidants, is on the verge of making a lifetime appointment to the Supreme Court, a court that may some day soon determine the extent of the president’s legal jeopardy,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said on the Senate floor. “In my view, the Senate Judiciary Committee should immediately pause the consideration of the Kavanaugh nomination.”

Kavanaugh is expected to appear before the Judiciary Committee for his confirmation hearing Sept. 4, when members’ will question Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court nominee over four days.

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Kavanaugh Confirmation Hearings Start Sept. 4

Confirmation hearings for SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh are scheduled to begin September 4. The hearings are expected to last three to four days according to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA). A judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 2006, Kavanaugh was nominated July 9 by President Donald Trump in the wake of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement announcement. Now that the official date is set, expect the radical left to be foaming at the mouth with a concerted effort to paint Kavanaugh as a right-wing boogeyman. In common judicial parlance, that means he believes in the Constitution.

Here’s more from The Daily Signal…

The confirmation hearings for federal appeals court Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to become the next Supreme Court justice will begin on Sept. 4 and last three to four days, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, announced Friday.

Grassley’s announcement comes as Senate Democrats sought to further stall the hearings, demanding more documents on Kavanaugh’s service in President George W. Bush’s White House and as a lawyer on independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s investigation of President Bill Clinton in the late 1990s.

“As I said after his nomination, Judge Kavanaugh is one of the most respected jurists in the country and one of the most qualified nominees ever to be considered by the Senate for a seat on our highest court,” said Grassley in a statement.

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NRA Files Suit Against Seattle Gun Control Law

The NRA is taking the city of Seattle to task for violating both the U.S. Constitution and Washington state law. A new regulation passed by the city requires citizens to keep firearms behind a locked door unless they’re physically carrying the weapon. The obvious problem is that defending one’s home during invasion and having to fish around for a key to the safe aren’t necessarily compatible. The NRA is arguing that Seattle officials are simply making a political statement, and the courts will likely agree. If the decision is appealed, however, look for this to go to the Supreme Court.

Here’s more from Fox News…

A pair of gun-rights groups announced they filed a lawsuit against Seattle’s restrictive gun-storage ordinance on Friday because they say it violates Washington state law.

The National Rifle Association and Washington-based Second Amendment Foundation are working together with two Seattle residents in the suit against the city. They say the city’s requirement that any guns in a person’s residence must be stored in a locked container unless being carried by the owner or other authorized users violates state law.

“The City of Seattle has been trying to erode state preemption almost from the moment it was passed back in 1985,” Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, said. “When the city tried to ban guns from city parks facilities under former mayors Greg Nickels and Mike McGinn, SAF and NRA joined forces with other organizations to stop it, under the state preemption statute. We should not have to repeatedly remind Seattle that they are still part of Washington State and must obey the law.”

He claimed Seattle is intentionally running afoul of the state’s preemption law in order to send a political message.

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James Comey Goes Nuclear on Putin Summit

Because we’ve not yet heard enough from James ‘the Leaker’ Comey, we’ve been treated to yet more self-aggrandizing tweets in the last 72 hours that make the president’s seem a bit tame by comparison. Comey blasted Trump after the Putin summit calling for voters to give control to Democrats. This from an alleged ‘Republican’ official. But what’s more inane about his comments are the faux patriotism, as if Comey didn’t lie under oath, use the FBI to collude with the Hillary campaign and aid Obama in illegal monitoring of a presidential campaign. Ironically, that’s the sort of stuff we might expect of the Putin regime.

Here’s more from The Daily Caller…

Former FBI Director James Comey said that “all who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats” and that Republicans have been “incapable” in a Tuesday tweet.

“This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that ‘Ambition must … counteract ambition.’ All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall. Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us,” Comey tweeted on Tuesday.

This Republican Congress has proven incapable of fulfilling the Founders’ design that “Ambition must … counteract ambition.” All who believe in this country’s values must vote for Democrats this fall. Policy differences don’t matter right now. History has its eyes on us.

— James Comey (@Comey) July 18, 2018

Comey, who was previously a registered Republican, has blasted President Donald Trump’s handling of the Helsinki summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, stating that Trump “stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country” in a Monday tweet.

This was the day an American president stood on foreign soil next to a murderous lying thug and refused to back his own country. Patriots need to stand up and reject the behavior of this president.

— James Comey (@Comey) July 16, 2018

Comey’s statement about the midterms comes after a Department of Justice Inspector General report found he was “insubordinate” and defied authority while he was director of the FBI, The Daily Caller reported in June 2018.

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Democrats Admit They Can’t Block Kavanaugh

Liberals on Capitol Hill are feeling the crunch to deliver on those promises to block Trump SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh. And now they’re already admitting that there really isn’t much they can actually do beyond those sweet nothings inciting protests en masse. According to a report from The Hill, “Senate Democratic leaders this week appeared to try to tamp down expectations of the party’s progressive base, with Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) saying the procedural options for Democrats ‘are not that large.'” We’re reminded of Obama’s finger-wagging, “I won.” Now the shoe’s on the other foot.

Here’s more from Hot Air…

Consider this a follow up to a post I wrote yesterday about the collapsing opposition to the Kavanaugh nomination. Today, the Hill notes that Senate Democratic leaders are sounding a bit frustrated with the wild expectations coming from of their own base. Senators Schumer and Durbin and are doing their best to prepare the left for imminent failure.

Back when Justice Kennedy first announced he was resigning there was some immediate speculation about ways in which Democrats could prevent the GOP from replacing him. A University of Miami political scientist named Gregory Koger proposed to Vox and other news sites that Democrats could prevent a vote by denying a quorum. Simply put, Democrats would refuse to show up for work and thereby prevent the GOP, which needs a simple majority present to hold a vote on anything, from acting.

I wrote about this here and suggested that, as dumb as it sounded, the left would probably push leadership to consider it. There is some precedent for something like this, at least at the state level. Remember when Democrats fled the state of Wisconsin to prevent Republicans led by Governor Walker from passing ACT 10? That worked for a few days though ACT 10 was eventually passed. Sure enough, it sounds as if people have been recommending something similar to Sen. Chuck Schumer who is stuck having to his excited base it won’t work:

Senate Democratic leaders this week appeared to try to tamp down expectations of the party’s progressive base, with Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) saying the procedural options for Democrats “are not that large.”

“There is no way we can prevent the Senate from meeting. There’s been some discussion about that, but it just wouldn’t happen,” Schumer told reporters during a weekly press conference when asked about the possibility of actions like boycotting a confirmation hearing.

 

 

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Democrats Denied Kavanaugh Before…

Fifteen years ago, Trump-nominee to the Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh was slow-walked through an appointment by President George W. Bush to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. His confirmation would take more than three years, with the New York Times even chiming in to call him ‘unqualified’. Ultimately, he would make it through with the help of four Democrats who broke with their Majority leader in a 57-36 vote. And now the Democrat Senate is hoping for a reversal of fortune with a second shot at ‘Borking’ Trump’s nominee.

Here’s more from The Daily Signal…

After the president nominated Brett Kavanaugh for a key court vacancy, Democrats sought to obstruct. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., resorted to name-calling. The New York Times chimed in to call Kavanaugh “unqualified.”

That’s what happened when President George W. Bush named Kavanaugh to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2003. He was not confirmed by the Senate until 2006.

Now, 15 years later, Kavanaugh faces Senate Democrats as President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. The challenge will be only more difficult, said Curt Levey, president of the Committee for Justice, a conservative legal group that monitors judicial nominations.

“I was surprised at the time that Kavanaugh did get confirmed to the D.C. Circuit, given the number of Bush nominees that Senate Democrats were obstructing,” Levey told The Daily Signal.

Democrats opposed that nomination largely because Kavanaugh worked for the counsel’s office in the Bush White House and previously was a lawyer on independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s team that investigated President Bill Clinton in the 1990s.

Democrats also criticized Kavanaugh for being part of the Bush campaign’s legal team during the 2000 Florida recounts in 2000. He also had argued against deporting a Cuban boy, Elián González, whose mother died getting him to America but whose father sought his return to Fidel Castro’s Cuba.

 

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