According to a Senate Judiciary Committee statement, Christine Ford’s legal team may have violated ABA rules by withholding key information from their client. Ford was reportedly kept out of the loop on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s repeated offers to hear her testimony privately and even in California if she preferred. “I was hoping that they would come to me, but then I realized that was an unrealistic request,” Ford said at one point during her testimony. Further casting doubts on her legal team’s conduct is the fact that when she was directly asked if she was made aware, one of her attorneys cut in to say that she did not need to answer due to attorney-client privilege. Ford admitted: “I just appreciate that you did offer that. I wasn’t clear on what the offer was. If you were going to come out to see me, I would have happily hosted you and had you – had been happy to speak with you out there. I just did not – it wasn’t clear to me that that was the case.”
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
A statement issued on Tuesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee suggests that Christine Blasey Ford’s legal team may have violated the ABA’s Model Rules of Professional Conduct by apparently withholding key information from their client.
During the explosive hearing on Thursday, Ford made clear that she did not know that the Senate Judiciary Committee had repeatedly offered to come to her for her testimony and to hear that testimony privately if she preferred.
“I was hoping that they would come to me, but then I realized that was an unrealistic request,” Ford said at one point during her testimony.
When directly asked if her attorneys had informed her about the committee’s offer to meet her in California, one of her attorneys, Michael Bromwich, interjected to say she need not answer, citing attorney-client privilege. But Ford responded anyhow.
The rhetoric and potential for violence is escalating in a heated war of words on and off Capitol Hill. With a confirmation vote still scheduled for Friday, Republican senators in particular are being escorted by police after they were assaulted by anti-Kavanaugh activists at Reagan National Airport on Monday and relentless harassment in the hallways of the Capitol building. “This is really not even about the senate,” Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), one of the senators assaulted at the airport, reported. “It’s about where the country is right now, and we as a nation have to figure out a way to unite. Right now there are just so many issues that separate us.” What’s become clear in the Kavanaugh fight is that the United States in now officially in a post-truth, hyperpartisan era that characterized the Roman Republic before its collapse.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
Republicans and Democrats are ramping up accusatory tweets, floor speech insults, and hallway criticisms of each other as the Senate hurdles toward what the GOP hopes is a final vote this week on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Aside from just the usual sniping on the Senate floor, activists who believe Kavanaugh is a serial sexual assaulter are harassing Republicans at every turn, both in the hallways and even at the airport as they show up for work.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Sens. David Perdue, R-Ga., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., were all accosted by anti-Kavanaugh activists when they arrived at Reagan National Airport on Monday. That tactic is one many senators haven’t seen in a fight over a Supreme Court nominee, and Corker says he’s not sure the Senate, or the country, will ever be the same again.
Once regarded a safe victory for Democrats in the upcoming midterm vote, the usually blue New Jersey U.S. Senate race is now a “toss-up.” According to Real Clear Politics, incumbent Bob Menendez (D-NJ) is just two points ahead of his GOP challenger, Bob Hugin. Unlike earlier polls, the voters sampled were “likely voters” rather than just “registered voters.” RCP calls Menendez “theoretically vulnerable.” If Menendez were to lose, it would represent a massive upset for Democrats hoping to flip the Senate into their hands. So far all the numbers are pointing to a GOP gain.
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
Democrats hoping to take control of the Senate in November just got dealt another harsh blow. Real Clear* Politics — which keeps a running average of election polls and its own ranking of the likelihood of one party to win — has now moved the New Jersey U.S. Senate election into the “toss-up” category.
Shortly after The Daily Wire wrote an article titled “Toss-Up? New Poll Shows Republican in Dead Heat With Sen. Bob Menendez,” Real Clear put the election into its “toss-up” category.
Menendez still holds a 4-point lead over Hugin, according to the Real Clear average of just two polls, completed a month apart, but the most recent poll puts his Republican challenger, Bob Hugin, just two points behind. The latest poll also sampled likely voters, instead of registered voters, which gives it a more accurate view of the race.
While Real Clear states that Menendez is “theoretically vulnerable,” he has won previously despite his unpopularity.
One might question the left’s end goal of defeating SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh given a new Rasmussen poll’s revelations that in the wake of last week’s trials MORE voters support Kavanaugh despite the [still unsubstantiated] sexual assault allegations. Rasmussen asked voters: “Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Brett Kavanaugh?” According to the findings, 48 percent of voters hold “at least a Somewhat Favorable opinion” compared with 44 percent who have an unfavorable one. If the trend continues, a majority of voters will approve of Trump’s nomination going into the November elections . . . not a good thing for Democrats.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
A Rasmussen poll released September 28 shows growth in voter support for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Rasmussen asked voters: “Do you have a very favorable, somewhat favorable, somewhat unfavorable or very unfavorable impression of Brett Kavanaugh?”
They report that 48 percent of voters hold a “at least a Somewhat Favorable opinion” Kavanaugh versus 44 percent who hold an unfavorable view.
There is a slightly larger divide between those who have a “Very Favorable” opinion on Kavanaugh, 36 percent, and those who view him “Very Unfavorably,” 30 percent.
The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Friday to move the Kavanaugh nomination forward for a floor vote. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) requested a one week time frame between between jthe udiciary vote and floor vote in order to conduct an FBI investigation into uncorroborated sexual assault allegations again Kavanaugh.
Bill Clinton rape accuser Juanita Broaddrick is not holding back when it comes to calling out Democrats’ double standards on sexual assault allegations. “Because Dr. Ford has no evidence, I had the who, what, when, where, and how and had five people that I told, not even counting the woman who found me 30 minutes after the rape [by Bill Clinton] with a swollen busted lip, torn clothes, and in a state of shock,” Broaddrick told the media in front of the Senate building. Bill Clinton denied the accusation, and she received no support from the Democrats despite corroborating evidence. “How they can take these accusations and run with them and laugh at mine for so many years is the biggest double standard I’ve ever seen,” she argued.
Here’s more from Fox News…
Juanita Broaddrick, the woman who accused former President Bill Clinton of raping her decades ago, slammed Democrats Thursday for what she called “the biggest double standard I’ve ever seen” in their treatment of sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Broaddrick spoke to the media outside the Senate building where the high-stakes hearing with Kavanaugh’s first accuser is being held. Kavanaugh is due to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee after Christine Blasey Ford, who says Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in 1982 at a high school party, speaks to lawmakers.
Ford says she first revealed the alleged assault in therapy in 2012 and had told multiple people. She has also taken a polygraph test, and has called for the FBI to investigate her claims.
But Broaddrick, outside the Senate, told Fox News’ Ellison Barber that there was “no comparison” between her case and Ford’s.
Bloomberg reports the White House has drafted an executive order to open an antitrust investigation into Silicon Valley social media and search engine leviathans, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter. According to a copy of the draft, U.S. antitrust authorities will be instructed to investigate potential violations as well as make suggestions for actions that could “protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias.” All President Trump needs to do is sign the bottom line after the other government agencies submit their reviews and the EO will be finalized. This could have serious implications for the 2018 and 2020 elections.
Here’s more from Breitbart…
The White House has reportedly drafted an executive order that would open an antitrust investigation into the Silicon Valley Masters of the Universe.
According to a report from Bloomberg, the White House has drafted an executive order that would begin an antitrust investigation into the business practices of Silicon Valley tech companies such as Google, Facebook, and Twitter. The executive order is reportedly just awaiting President Trump’s signature before the investigation can take place. The order is still only a draft and has yet to be reviewed by other government agencies according to White House officials.
Bloomberg obtained a copy of the draft, nothing that it instructs U.S. antitrust authorities to: “Thoroughly investigate whether any online platform has acted in violation of the antitrust laws.” The order asks other government agencies to suggest actions that could potentially “protect competition among online platforms and address online platform bias,” within the next month.
As the ongoing saga of the Democrats’ attempt to railroad Brett Kavanaugh continued in earnest this week, the wheels began to fall off the cart. First was Sen. Feinstein’s admission that Christine Ford’s claim may not be entirely true. That was an important piece of information. Then came Ford’s refusal to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The events have unfolded eerily like those before the confirmation of Justice Clarence Thomas, and the end will almost surely be the same: a pro-Constitution judge will assume his seat on the Supreme Court in due time.
Here’s more from The Daily Wire…
According to Politico’s sources, President Trump and Republicans are increasingly “bullish” on the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
On the same day reports revealed that a second potential witness named by Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, denied her claims, Politico reported that Trump and the GOP are “growing more bullish about Kavanaugh’s survival.”
“We’re very confident,” said a Republican “in touch with the White House” when asked by Politico if Kavanaugh would weather the storm.
Politico cites the change in tone from some Republican senators who initially called for further investigations, among them Sen. Bob Corker, as giving the GOP more confidence that the confirmation process will move forward.
That confidence has likewise been conveyed by Trump in his recent public comments.
Forget about a level playing field when it comes to due process or any other application of the rule of law in America. According to former Vice President Joe Biden, prominent men should be presumed guilty when hit with rape allegations and be forced to prove their innocence. Some Americans are apparently less equal than others. In the words of HotAir.com’s Allahpundit: “He really must be serious about 2020.” Mothers should be terrified by a justice system under Biden in which their sons may soon find themselves in the crosshairs of a progressive anti-man agenda.
Here’s more from Hot Air…
He really must be serious about 2020. Nothing gets progressives as excited as taking a public dump on due process in a sex-crime dispute.
Then again, Biden has much to atone for in their eyes.
Kamala Harris: Make the FBI investigate Ford allegation, not us
From the administration that brought you the Star Chamber model for assessing guilt and innocence in allegations of campus sex crimes:
“Oh, I thought [Anita Hill] was telling the truth at the beginning,” Biden said. “I really did.”
Speaking generally, Biden added, “For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it’s been made worse or better over time. But nobody fails to understand that this is like jumping into a cauldron.”…
Then one question got him to cut off the impromptu gaggle. Asked whether it mattered that Ford’s claims of assault by Kavanaugh occurred when the judge was 17 and in high school, Biden demurred.
The Senate Judiciary Committee agreed early Thursday morning to delay the full committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh after several moderate Republicans and Democrats publicly indicated they are ‘undecided’. But shortly after that agreement, the committee announced the full vote is scheduled for one week later, next Thursday. That could be an indication that at least two members of the committee promised to vote in favor of Kavanaugh. Senate whips historically will not schedule a vote of this magnitude unless it’s assured to succeed.
Here’s more from Daily Wire…
The Senate Judiciary Committee decided Thursday morning to hold its vote on President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh next week.
The committee voted 11-10 — along party lines — to delay the vote one week as several moderate senators continue to deliberate over the nominee. This is normal, but could mean Republicans are still working to get those moderates to agree to vote for Kavanaugh. Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) still publicly say they are undecided, as do the three Democrats — Sens. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Joe Donnelly of Indiana, and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota — who previously voted for Judge Neil Gorsuch, Trump’s first nominee to the Supreme Court.
After Kavanaugh’s contentious hearings last week, Democrats filed pages and pages of written follow-up questions, which Kavanaugh submitted Wednesday night.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) has released two pages of “committee confidential” emails from 2002 that accuse SCOTUS nominee Brett Kavanaugh of misleading the Judiciary Committee more than a decade ago. Deputy White House press secretary Raj Shah said that Durbin is throwing out “made-up attacks in another smear campaign.” Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has already promised that Kavanaugh will be approved and seated in the Supreme Court before October 1. Read more . . .
Here’s more from Washington Examiner…
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., on Tuesday released two pages of emails from 2002 that accuse Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh of misleading the Judiciary Committee more than a decade ago.
The emails were stamped as “committee confidential,” which means they were not cleared for public release.
Contained in the emails were details of conversations Kavanaugh had with two other White House officials regarding the nomination of William Haynes to fill a judicial vacancy.
“It is clear now that not only did Judge Kavanaugh mislead me when it came to his involvement in the Bush Administration’s detention and interrogation policies, but also regarding his role in the controversial Haynes nomination,” Durbin said on Tuesday, according to the Hill.
Haynes was general counsel to the Pentagon and was involved in the George W. Bush administration’s detention policy following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.