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Graham: McCain’s Anger “Would Have Made Me Look Like a Choir Boy”

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stole the show at the Kavanaugh hearing last week after he made an impassioned defense of the disgusting “guilty until proven innocent” attacks and treatment of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. “Boy, y’all want power. God, I hope you never get it. I hope the American people can see through this sham,” Graham yelled. He has since said that his anger has nothing on the wrath the late Sen. John McCain would have unleashed on the left. “I was hot as a fire, and then I met John, and John said . . . ‘Use it. You got capital. Use it,'” Graham said, and use it he did. Graham’s rant will go down in the annals of epic SCOTUS fights.

Here’s more from Fox News…

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., hit the headlines Thursday for his outburst at Democrats questioning Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh — but he now says that his former colleague John McCain’s temper would have eclipsed his anger.

Graham blasted Senate Democrats during a hearing about sexual assault allegations made against Kavanaugh, who has repeatedly denied them. Kavanaugh was testifying after Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh assaulted her at a high school party in 1982, also testified to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

A furious Graham lambasted Democrats for what he cast as their attempts to destroy Kavanaugh for political purposes.

“Boy y’all want power, God I hope you never get it, I hope the American people can see through this sham,” he yelled.

LINDSEY GRAHAM’S KAVANAUGH MOMENT EARNS CONSERVATIVE PRAISE

“To my Republican colleagues,” Graham said. “If you vote no, you are legitimizing the most despicable thing I’ve ever seen in my time in politics.”

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Defeated Dems Walk Out of Kavanaugh Meeting

Democrats have resorted to juvenile protest tactics to try and remain relevant in the headlines after losing, unofficially for now, the fight to thwart the Kavanaugh confirmation. “Democratic Senators Kamala Harris of California, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, and Patrick Leahy of Vermont walked out of the meeting in protest,” ABC News reported Friday. “Staff for Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey left the room, signaling he might walk out too.” A funny move for “Spartacus” to refuse to look defeat square in the eyes and with spine. Meanwhile, President Trump’s order of a ‘supplemental’ FBI investigation isn’t enough to assuage the party that sat on unsubstantiated sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh only to drag them out the week prior to committee confirmation votes.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

A handful of Democratic senators walked out in protest of the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting Friday on the confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after it became clear that Republicans have the votes to recommend Kavanaugh to the Senate.

“Democratic senators Kamala Harris of California, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii, Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Patrick Leahy of Vermont walked out of the meeting in protest,” ABC News reports. “Staff for Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey left the room, signaling he might walk out too.”

The protest followed the announcement by Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, one of the key “swing votes,” that he plans to vote to confirm Kavanaugh, which, as NBC News reports, “guaranteed that the committee would vote to send the nomination to the full Senate.”

After committee chair Chuck Grassley’s announcement that the committee will vote at 1:30 p.m. Friday, NBC notes that Booker and Harris “sat there in silence” when they were called to vote.

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Ginsburg “Cheered On” by Allegations Against Kavanaugh

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg chimed in on the Kavanaugh controversy during a speech at a Georgetown University Law Center Event on Wednesday, revealing she’s “really cheered on by this,” a reference to the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh. “#MeToo was also an example of women coming together in numbers, so it was one complaint, and then one after another the complaints mounted, so women nowadays are not silent about bad behavior,” gushed Ginsburg. What’s interesting was the lack of “cheer” for the complaints of serial rape against Bill Clinton both before, during, and after his tenure in the White House.

Here’s more from PJ Media…

Ahead of Thursday’s hearing on sexual misconduct allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg applauded “women coming together in numbers” with #MeToo reports.

“I am really turned on by this #MeToo because these #MeToo complaints are – every woman of my vintage has not just one story but many stories, but we thought there’s nothing you could do about it, boys will be boys, so let’s find a way to get out of it. #MeToo was also an example of women coming together in numbers, so it was one complaint and then one after another the complaints mounted, so women nowadays are not silent about bad behavior,” Ginsburg said during a Georgetown University Law Center event with first-year students on Wednesday, the evening before the hearing with Kavanaugh and one of his accusers, Christine Blasey Ford, was set to take place.

“But what Justice O’Connor said, she said women have to get out there and do things that make an impressive show.

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Rosenstein and Mueller Investigation May Sink Together

As we reported, Dept Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “verbally resigned” from the DOJ, which formally ends his oversight of Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. According to White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders, however, Rod “Wear of Wire” Rosenstein isn’t out of Washington yet and appears to be wrapping up loose ends at least through Thursday when he and the President are scheduled to meet. “At the request of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, he and President Trump had an extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories,” Sanders explained. This also means a major shake-up for Mueller, making the collusion case even more tenuous.

Here’s more from Breitbart…

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s tenure at the Justice Department (DOJ) may be coming to a close and with it his oversight of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation after a series of reports Monday.
News of Rosenstein’s potentially imminent departure broke in an Axios report Monday morning that he had “verbally resigned” in a conversation with White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. This conversation took place days after a report emerged Friday alleging that Rosenstein had discussed taping his or others conversations with President Donald Trump last spring, shortly after Rosenstein took office, with an eye to helping remove the president. Rosenstein has steadfastly denied that report in public, with other sources at the Justice Department claiming the comment was really made, but was a joke or sarcastic.

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Trump Jumps in to Defend Kavanaugh

President Trump is going all in to defend his SCOTUS nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, who is clearly the victim of a relentless assault by manufactured, unsubstantiated, and impossible-to-investigate sexual misconduct claims from decades ago. The latest claim is that Kavanaugh exposed himself. Thirty-five years later this drunken undergrad’s “memory” has resurfaced within days of a scheduled confirmation vote by the U.S. Senate. Trump called the accusations “totally political” and affirmed his support for Kavanaugh, saying “I am with him all the way.” Unfortunately for Democrats, if Kavanaugh is successfully “borked,” it will merely force the backup nomination of Amy Barrett.

Here’s more from The Daily Wire…

The White House press office went into overdrive on Sunday night after The New Yorker published a report from a college classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh alleging sexual misconduct when the two attended a boozy party 35 years ago.

Deborah Ramirez claims Kavanaugh exposed himself during a a drunken dormitory party, then thrust his penis in her face. Kavanaugh vehemently denies the accusation.

On Monday, President Trump, attending the annual meetings at the United Nations in New York, backed his nominee, calling the accusations “totally political.” Trump said the allegations were unsubstantiated, made by accusers who come “out of the woodwork.” He also told reporters, “You should look into the lawyers doing the representation.”

On Kavanaugh, Trump said: “I am with him all the way.”

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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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