Friday, September 28, 2018

"He lied even when he didn't have to lie. He lied in preposterous ways easily disproven by common sense."

CNN legal analyst: "Sickening" that anyone could consider Ford testimony to be false

Jack Posobiec (Roger Stone's boi, mind you) retweeted an account today that claims Christine Ford is a CIA agent. The proof? They tried to dox her, but they can't find much personal information about Dr. Ford on the internet. This is how the Alt-Right/Lite defends Donald Trump.

Senator Whitehouse: I did not find Kavanaugh credible.

NEW: Republicans on intelligence committee block release of Russia-probe interviews with @DanaRohrabacher, whom a source tells me talked about "highly concerning contacts" with Russians during 2016 campaign.

Former FBI agent on @Maddow just advised if ANYONE has information pertaining to #Kavanagh / accusations (et cetera) to go seek out local #FBI office & report.

The lies that senators must tell themselves to support Brett Kavanaugh

"If investigators uncover evidence that Kavanaugh lied to lawmakers during hearings or on his background-check forms, that could spark a criminal investigation in which law enforcement could use the full extent of its legal powers."

Pompeo Evacuates Consulate in Iraq Citing Threats From Iran

Sitting in @SenatorCollins office in Bangor waiting to speak with Sr. staffer. Phones are not ringing here at all .... when calling in it is busy signal or goes straight through to voicemail...that says mailbox full.

Breaking News: Facebook said an attack on its computer network exposed the personal information of about 50 million users

Kavanaugh's critics are using the hashtag "ImpeachKavanaugh," to suggest Congress should remove him from the judiciary, whether or not he makes it to the Supreme Court.

BREAKING: Protesters outside cmte. hearing chanting 'November is coming,' many arrests now underway

NEW: Montgomery County (Md) police chief and prosecutor release letter ".. stand ready to investigate any sexual assault allegation from any victim where the incident occurred in our jurisdiction"

Senator's dramatic demand spurs Trump to order FBI Kavanaugh probe

HHS @SecAzar used his speech to announce that average ACA premium prices were going to fall — and credited Trump for it, mystifying health policy analysts.

"Doesn't this feel like the prequel to the Handmaid's Tale? This is it! You ask yourself how did it get this bad? It didn't happen in the dark. It happened in PLAIN SIGHT. They will take away our rights!"

Will Kavanaugh Be Forced to Recuse Himself From Political Cases After His Charged Remarks?

BIG NEWS: A judge just ruled that congressional Democrats have standing to sue Trump for violating the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution.

I want to point out that Lisa Murkowski has relied on the votes of Alaskan Native women to keep her seat. They face disproportionately high levels of sexual violence and have been watching her closely

The Republican strategy is no longer attack the victim, it is ignore the victim. The entire country is watching how we handle these serious allegations. The Senate has failed a test on how we treat women, especially for women who are survivors of sexual assault.

Statement from Dr. Ford's attorney via NBC News: "Dr. Christine Blasey Ford welcomes this step in the process, and appreciates the efforts of Senators Flake, Murkowski, Manchin and Collins."

Collins backs the FBI investigation

Earlier today, I spoke outside the Supreme Court against Kavanaugh’s nomination. I know this week has been exhausting, but we cannot stop marching and speaking out against this nomination.

The internet wins again

BREAKING: Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge says he'll cooperate with any law enforcement agency that investigates 'confidentially.'

Very glad that after much persistent advocacy the door is now open to further @FBI investigation that I hope will meet the standards of “sincere and thorough” I have advocated

Rachel Mitchell yesterday began to ask Judge Kavanaugh about the July 1 party where Brett Kavanaugh, Mark Judge and PJ Smyth were present. Republican senators then took over questioning Brett Kavanaugh

The dean of Kavanaugh's law school calls for his nomination to be put on hold

#Russia's state TV: Vitaly Milonov, an ultra-conservative lawmaker from Putin’s United Russia party, calls for feminists to be subjected to forced psychiatric treatment or imprisonment. On state television, Milonov argues that feminists are not people, but "monkeys" & "witches."

Read Joe's statement on the Kavanaugh nomination — Senator Joe Donnelly

See the gray-haired guy in the upper left hand corner of this photo? That's Joel Kaplan, VP of Government Relations at Facebook. Next to him are his wife and Cathie Martin, Cheney's former aide who told Scooter Libby about Valerie Plame.

Moments ago I walked out of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Kavanaugh. This hearing is a sham and Dr. Ford and the American people deserve better.

New from @RonanFarrow and me: E-mails Show That Republican Senate Staff Stymied a Kavanaugh Accuser’s Effort to Give Testimony

What we know now: Kavanaugh might not have the judicial temperament for the Supreme Court

Because @realDonaldTrump and the Senate Republicans refuse to allow my client Julie Swetnick to testify, we will be taking her story directly to the American people this weekend. This is about a search for the truth.

A sexual assault survivor just confronted Jeff Flake (who just announced he's voting for Kavanaugh): "Don't look away from me! Look at me and tell me that it doesn't matter what happened to me, that you will let people like that go into the highest court of the land"

If confirmed, Kavanaugh—who was speaking primarily to an audience of one yesterday—will be on the bench when the Supreme Court hears this landmark case that could strengthen Trump’s pardon power.

Thank you @JeffFlake for DELIVERING the UTTER DESTRUCTION of the #SupremeCourt.

@JeffFlake let this happen just now? Him allow himself be filmed be begged by survivors of the sexual assault to no approve the Kavanaugh.

Programming Alert: @NBCNews Special Report at 9:30 a.m. ET, as the Senate Judiciary Cmte. meets on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court.

Bulletin: Flake will vote to confirm Kavanaugh

Awwww look at Dersh

Yesterday, Brett Kavanaugh told Senators that they should listen to the American Bar Association's recommendations

Mark Judge’s ex-girlfriend, who told the New Yorker that Judge told her about taking turns having sex with women in high school, is willing to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee or speak to the FBI.

Day 74 at #KremlinAnnex Kava-nana, kava-nana, hey, hey, hey, goodbye!

Why Brett Kavanaugh’s Hearings Convinced Me That He’s Guilty

Lindsey Graham’s meltdown gives away the GOP game on Kavanaugh

"I would be an excellent judge"

Brett Kavanaugh has 3 Doctors listed on his calendar 📆 Dr Strawberry ENT, Dr Dellatorre Dermatologist and Dr Brian Crowley Psychiatrist⁉️


Where did Kavanaughs debt disappear to and who paid it?

What did Brett Kavanaugh witness when he clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1991-92: 15 women disclosed sexual misbehavior exceeding 30 yrs including unwanted physical touching and invitations by Kozinski to have sex.

Kavanaugh’s sharp criticism of Democrats is unusual for a nominee

Brett Kavanaugh’s best defense: Loud shouting and conspiracy theories

Comey takes a dig at Kavanaugh's testimony: "Small lies matter, even about yearbooks"

Kavanaugh was also a member of the Brooks Brothers riot in Dade County in support of closing down the election office to help George W Bush. Roger Stone planned the riot

Question: Why wouldn’t they ask the FBI to followup with key witnesses for one week? Answer: Because they don’t want to hear what they might say.....The Senate can’t vote on Kavanaugh now

Exclusive: #Russian-American tycoon who donated c.$300K to #Trump was in extensive contact with senior #Kremlin official during summer 2016 - my story with @NBCNews and Dossier Center

Travelers on airplanes cried as they watched it on their seatback TVs. College students streamed it on their phones. TV screens at nail salons, sports bars and hotel lobbies were tuned to nothing else

Tip: If you’re being nominated for a nonpartisan position as a neutral arbiter on the Supreme Court, attacking “the left,” “Democrats,” “the Clintons” and “the media” in your opening statement while noting there will be reprisal for years to come is, well, disqualifying.

I rarely agree with @tribelaw’s politics but this was exactly my take. As for judicial temperament, could a Democrat reasonably hope for for judicial impartiality from the angry, hectoring man we heard yesterday?

Opinion: How is this a victory for America?

Fox News anchor says Kavanaugh case prompted his own daughters to reveal their stories

This matter always should’ve been investigated by @FBI; which would’ve carried the threat of criminal prosecution for lying. After yesterday, there remains substantial reason to postpone the vote for FBI to investigate. Do the right thing,

The Whole Country Just Watched What Happens When Angry, Powerful Men Don't Get Their Way

The Jehovah's Witnesses must pay $35,000,000 to a woman who says the church's national organization ordered clergy members not to report her sexual abuse as a child at the hands of a congregation member, a jury ruled in a verdict

2018 must be the year the Senate stands up and says a man's job promotion is not worth more than a survivor's pain. For too long, we have allowed a culture that diminishes assault, isolates survivors and blames them. This must change.

Kavanaugh said the Renate stuff was nothing to do with sex or sexual conquest. This is the poem one of his pals included in the yearbook: "You need a date / and it's getting late / so don't hesitate / to call Renate"


Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh wrongly claims seniors were allowed to have beers because the drinking age in Maryland was 18.

Analysis: 5 takeaways from the Kavanaugh hearing

Imagine struggling this hard to answer whether you've ever been blackout drunk.

That is a felony. 18 USC 1001

He’s yelling at an 85 year old woman and interrupting her.

Amazing: Kavanaugh's calendar backs up Dr Ford's story.

Judge orders Indiana to release emails between ex-governor Pence and Trump over Carrier jobs deal

Georgia demands Russia withdraw troops from breakaway regions

Christine Blasey Ford's GoFundMe campaign is surging, raising more than $200,000 in additional money in the wake of her Kavanaugh-Ford hearing testimony

So here’s the lesson teenage boys: You can drink beer like water, write all sorts damning horribleness in your yearbook and have multiple girls accuse you of sexual assault. But as long as you keep a clean calendar and yell and cry during the interview, you’ll still get the job.

What the hell is wrong with this guy?

Senate switchboard: 202-224-3121

#Kavanaugh classmate: Outraged over Brett Kavanaugh's blatant lying to the Senate Juidiciary Committee yesterday.

Fancy Bear, the Russian Election Hackers, Have a Nasty New Weapon

Cotton slams Blumenthal: You don't have credibility to question Kavanaugh

The Wikipedia entry for "Devil's Triangle" was changed to match Brett Kavanaugh's answer during Kavanaugh-Ford hearing questioning

Trump said soybean prices have gone up. They're near decade-lows.

Dr. Ford’s worst fear was that she would destroy her life, tell you her story, do her duty... and no one would believe her. You are poised to do exactly that. May God have mercy on your souls.

is "penalty of felony' some kind of scam phrase invented by team kavanaugh? Is it the lawyer equivalent of crossing your fingers behind your back?

Call Them Now!

is plotting his revenge against women and Democrats as he seethes in his chair. He must be stopped before he has the opportunity to destroy 60 years of progress .

American Bar Association letter to Feinstein and Grassley urging them to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation until the FBI has had a chance to investigate Dr. Ford’s allegations.

KAVANAUGH VOTE MOVING FAST; PROTESTS @ NOON FRIDAY🚨 Fri AM: committee vote. Sat: procedural vote. Mon: cloture. Tue: final vote. CALL: 202-224-3121. Gather @ Senate offices 12p Fri to tell say VOTE NO. Bring signs. Wear black. Tweet photos. Spread word. All hands on deck.

Republicans want to know how Dr. Blasey Ford paid $200 for a polygraph, or who paid for it. I and a few million Americans would like to know who paid off Brett Kavanaugh's $200,000 debt for baseball tickets.

Republicans on Rape

Angry, belligerent bully. That is when he is sober. This is not the temperament of a Supreme Court Justice. He plays the victim, too. Classic excuse of an abuser. "Look what YOU made me do."

weak points for Ford: none weak points for Kavanaugh: full partisan, doesn't want FBI investigation, throwing Qs back at Democrats, deploying sympathy for Judge's health problems as shield, mocking relevance of high school yearbook entries related to allegations from that time

Judge #Kavanaugh was angry, belligerent, and disrespectful. He displayed the exact opposite of the kind of temperament expected from a justice on our nation’s top court. Judge Kavanaugh displayed the kind of behavior you would see on the People’s Court, not the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh was among a few watching monitoring it from another room in Dirken Senate Building. When asked by Senate if he watched testimony, he replied "NO". He strictly lied

Wasn't Lindsey Graham one of the managers of President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial, in which (if I recall correctly) sexual misconduct played an important role?

Lynne Brookes, a former classmate of Kavanaugh, alleges he was misleading about the extent of his drinking at Yale. “There is no doubt in my mind that 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.”

This is exactly how an entitled prep-school prick, who thinks he can do whatever he wants talks... I’ve seen all I need to see

Asked what her strongest memory is, Dr. Ford says, "The laughter, the uproarious laughter between the two, and their having fun at my expense." "I was underneath one of them while the two laughed. Two friends having a really good time with one another."

I think that what I’m witnessing are the protestations of patriarchy and privilege. It whines and it rages when it is threatened with being denied that to which it is owed, as birthright and gender benefit. And how dare a woman be the impediment.

Remember how Kavanaugh got SCOTUS to stop the hand recount in 2000, thus handing Bush the presidency and two SCOTUS seats? Wide lens, folks. Wide lens.

I think Lindsey Graham's outbursts today are about interviewing for the job of Trump's next attorney general.

Kavanaugh’s 1982 calendar details a July 1st drinking gathering at a friend’s house with two people who Dr. Ford alleges were at the gathering she attended. This was hardly addressed today and is all the more reason to do more investigating before a vote.

I’m starting to suspect that the Republican Party doesn’t really give a flying fuck about women

George W. Bush has called several moderate Republican senators and Manchin to whip votes for Kavanaugh, per people briefed. Trump, who doesn’t like Bush, has far less sway with the key voters

Those who knew Brett Kavanaugh during his youth have described his hard-drinking habits — but he portrayed himself differently during his Senate hearing

Kavanaugh lied under oath over and over again. That’s a fact. And the fact that the GOP has no problem confirming a perjurer and someone credibly accused of sexual assault to the highest court in the land is unspeakable.

A grown man is crying yelling dissembling and railing against partisan conspiracy - during a job interview to become a judge. Other than identity politics I have no idea why you'd consuder him qualified

Don't Scream

Lawrence on 'ugly history' and the Ford-Kavanaugh hearing

WOW. #Kavanaugh completely lost his composure. He is simultaneously YELLING and CRYING, then interrupts @SenFeinstein and talks over her.

Elon Musk Charged with Securities Fraud for Misleading Tweets

Interesting: A source close to Senator Manchin tells me now, "Short of claims that definitively prove Dr. Ford's allegations or a realization that Kavanaugh will gut the healthcare law, Manchin will side with the overwhelming number of people in WV who want Kavanaugh confirmed."


The most telling moment: Kavanaugh goes after Sen. Klobuchar

WORTH A READ With Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Kavanaugh set for Friday, an explainer on what happens if majority votes 'no.'

American Bar Association calls for FBI inquiry into Kavanaugh allegations, delay in confirmation votes

I totally did not see it coming that the Jesuits—and NO ONE ELSE—would be the ones to call time on Kavanaugh

GOP leaders seem confident they can push Kavanaugh through with brute force

Report: George W. Bush calling up lawmakers to push for “yes” vote on Kavanaugh

Trump reportedly hired a loyal country club cabana attendant to work at the Department of Agriculture. That and other takeaways from Michael Lewis’ new Trump tell-all "The Fifth Risk"

Larry Hogan of Maryland, Charlie Baker of Massachusetts and John Kasich of Ohio are calling for independent probes to investigate the three public allegations of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh

The American Bar Association is calling for an FBI Investigation into Kavanaugh sexual Assault-

The @WSJ reports Kavanaugh watched Ford’s testimony, contradicting his later testimony that he did not

If these male Senators need a woman to do their jobs, shouldn't we make it official and replace them with women?

Hearing exposes Kavanaugh temperament, credibility issues