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New York man threatened to kill 2 senators who supported Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation

Ronald DeRisi, 74, of Smithtown, N.Y., was charged Friday with threatening federal officials. A New York man threatened to kill two senators for supporting Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, federal prosecutors said. Ronald DeRisi, 74, of Smithtown, N.Y., was charged Friday with threatening federal officials. He was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation Friday, Newsday reported. DeRisi was ordered to be detained because he “could pose a danger to the community.” The senators who received the threatening messages were not named by officials. Prosecutors said DeRisi began leaving the voicemails on Sept. 27, the day Kavanaugh appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee and denied sexually assaulting California psychologist Christine Blasey Ford decades ago. TEX...

Who are the Supreme Court justices?

The nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. Front row: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Anthony Kennedy, Chief Justice John Roberts, Clarence Thomas and Stephen Breyer. Back row: Elena Kagan, Samuel Alito, Sonya Sotomayor and Neil Gorsuch. (Reuters) The U.S. Supreme Court — the highest ranking judicial body — just added a new member: Brett Kavanaugh. Kavanaugh was officially confirmed by the Senate on Oct. 6 in a 50-48 vote. He was sworn-in by Chief Justice John Roberts hours later in a private ceremony. The newest judge on the Supreme Court is filling the vacant seat of retired Justice Anthony Kennedy, 82. Kennedy, who announced his retirement in July after 30 years of service, held the key vote on high-profile issues, such as abortion, affirmative action, gay rights, guns, campaign finance and voti...

Who is Brett Kavanaugh? 5 things to know about Trump’s Supreme Court pick

Long before Judge Brett Kavanaugh was thrust into the national spotlight as his nomination to the Supreme Court became bogged down by decades-old accusations, he was well known in Washington circles. Kavanaugh, 53, is a graduate of Yale Law School and a former clerk to Justice Anthony Kennedy, whose retirement from the nation’s highest court left the open seat on the bench Kavanaugh hopes to fill. With approximately 300 opinions issued in 12 years as a judge and a raft of legal articles and speaking engagements, Kavanaugh was the most prolific of the nominees Trump was said to be considering for the role. His confirmation was all but certain until a few women publicly came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of engaging in sexual misconduct during parties and social gatherings in high school and c...

Comey blasts Kavanaugh probe deadline, says FBI shouldn’t have ‘shot clock’

Former FBI Director James Comey wrote that “it is idiotic to put a shot clock on the FBI” in its investigation into Brett Kavanaugh.  (AP, File) Former FBI Director James Comey criticized the time frame of the bureau’s ongoing review into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s background Sunday, writing in a New York Times op-ed that “it is idiotic to put a shot clock on the FBI.” Comey, who was fired by President Trump in May 2017, conceded that an investigation that must be wrapped up by Friday was better than no investigation at all. But he also wrote that “the process is deeply flawed, and apparently designed to thwart the fact-gathering process.” “If truth were the only goal, there would be no clock, and the investigation wouldn’t...

What ‘The Twilight Zone’ has to do with one of the most important Supreme Court decisions in history

Brett Kavanaugh: What lawmakers are saying off-camera Freedom Watch: Judge Andrew Napolitano and Fox News’ Capitol Hill Senior Producer Chad Pergram break down where the Senate now stands on confirming Judge Kavanaugh after the latest sexual misconduct allegations surface. “There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension that is as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow. Between science and superstition. And it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call The Twilight Zone.” – The opening to the TV show “The Twilight Zone,” written and hosted by Rod Serling Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S...

Avenatti releases graphic Kavanaugh allegations, calls for new delay

Attorney Michael Avenatti, on the eve of Brett Kavanaugh’s high-profile hearing to address sexual misconduct allegations, identified and released a “sworn declaration” from a woman who claims the Supreme Court nominee was involved in “gang” rapes in the early 1980s.  Avenatti’s client was identified as Julie Swetnick, who further claims in the statement that Kavanaugh and a friend were “present” when she became a “victim of one of these ‘gang’ or ‘train’ rapes” in 1982.   Kavanaugh issued a strong denial in response, saying in a statement: “This is ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone. I don’t know who this is and this never happened.”  President Trump, moments later, accused Avenatti of making up claims, tweeti...

Kavanaugh denies sexual misconduct in Fox News exclusive: ‘I know I’m telling the truth’

EXCLUSIVE –  Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh denied accusations of sexual misconduct that have threatened to derail his confirmation in an exclusive interview with Fox News on Monday. “What I know is the truth, and the truth is I’ve never sexually assaulted anyone,” Kavanaugh told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum. The full interview with Kavanaugh and his wife, Ashley, is set to air at 7 p.m. ET on “The Story”. California professor Christine Blasey Ford has accused Kavanaugh of covering her mouth and trying to remove her clothing at a party in the early 1980s, when both were in high school. Kavanaugh and Ford are set to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday. “I was never at any such party,” Kavanaugh said. “The ...

College classmate says Kavanaugh exposed himself to her at Yale party

A Yale University classmate of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has claimed that he exposed himself to her at a college party, the New Yorker magazine reported late Sunday. The woman, Deborah Ramirez, has called on the FBI to investigate the alleged incident. The magazine’s report, which is co-written by Pulitzer Prize winner Ronan Farrow, states that four Democratic senators have received information about Ramirez’s allegation and at least two have begun investigating it. The report was published days before Kavanaugh is to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about an allegation of sexual assault against him dating to his days as a high school student in the early 1980s. The accuser in that case, Christine Blasey Ford, has agreed to go before the committee and t...

4th purported witness claims no knowledge of alleged Kavanaugh assault against Ford

Another person claimed by Christine Blasey Ford to have attended a gathering decades ago during which, Ford claims, she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has denied any recollection of having attended the party. In an email to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Saturday, Leland Ingham Keyser, a former classmate of Ford’s at the Holton-Arms all-girls school in Maryland, said she doesn’t know Kavanugh or remember being at the party with him. “Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford,” lawyer Howard J. Walsh III of Bethesda, Md., conveyed in an email to the committee that was obtained by Fox News. Politico reported that the email was i...

Sen. Orrin Hatch says Kavanaugh denied being at party described by accuser Ford

Kavanaugh tells Hatch accusation may be mistaken identity In a statement released by Sen. Orrin Hatch’s office, Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh told Hatch he was not at a party like the one Christine Blasey Ford described and that Dr. Ford ‘may be mistaking him for someone else.’ Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, told reporters Monday that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh categorically denied allegations that he committed sexual assault at a high school party in the early 1980s — and told the senator he was not at a party similar to what his accuser described. Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, made her name and her accusations public in an interview with The Washington Post Sunday. She claimed Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed, tried to remove her clo...

Who is Christine Blasey Ford, the professor who accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct?

Just days before the Senate Judiciary Committee was set to vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation, Christine Blasey Ford publicly came forward to accuse the federal appeals judge of sexual assault decades ago. The sexual assault allegation first came to light in the form of a letter obtained by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., who sent shockwaves through Washington when she announced last week she forwarded it to the FBI. Feinstein is the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, which is tasked with deciding whether to formally recommend a Supreme Court nominee to the full Senate for a vote. But Ford publicly came forward in an interview with The Washington Post over the weekend, saying her “civic responsibility is outweighing my anguish and terror about retaliation.” She has...

Kavanaugh confirmation process has been ‘an intergalactic freak show,’ Sen. Kennedy says

Sen. John Kennedy called the confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh “an intergalactic freak show” and said he was embarrassed for Congress by the accusations of sexual misconduct leveled at the Supreme Court nominee. “So far, it’s pretty much been an intergalactic freak show,” Kennedy, R-La., told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” “Most Americans are looking at this – most mainstream Americans – and they’re thinking that Congress has hit rock bottom and started to dig.” Kennedy added: “I have been embarrassed by the whole process and, frankly, I’m – no disrespect to Senator Feinstein or to Stanford Law School – but I’m a little bit offended. I sit on Judiciary Committee. They’ve had this stuff for three months. If they were serious about it, they should’ve told us about it.” Mor...

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