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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...

65 women defend Kavanaugh as ‘a good person’ amid allegations

Kavanaugh denies alleged misconduct in high school Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh has publicly denied allegations that he forced himself onto a woman in high school. This comes after Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) allegedly gave a letter containing the claim to the FBI. More than five dozen women came forward Friday to defend Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh against an alleged high school incident, calling President Trump’s pick for the high court “a good person.” The 65 women, who claim to have known Kavanaugh for more than 35 years, penned a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee to vouch for his character. “We are women who have known Brett Kavanaugh for more than 35 years and knew him while he attended high school between 1979 and 1983. For the entire time we have...

Activists raise $1M to pressure Sen. Collins to vote against Kavanaugh, report says

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, speaks with Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at her office, before a private meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Aug. 21, 2018.  (Associated Press) A crowdfunding campaign has raised over $1 million as of Tuesday for the opponent of Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, if she votes to confirm Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court, a move she likened to bribery. Liberal activist groups have posted the campaign on the platform Crowdpac, drawing supporters and critics. “Senator Collins votes NO on Kavanaugh and you will not be charged, and no money will go to fund her future opponent,” the platform wrote. “Senator Collins votes YES on Kavanaugh and your pledge will go to her opponent’s campaign, once that opponent has been identified.” Collins calle...

The ‘forgotten’ Supreme Court decision and its impact on our politics

The Supreme Court Building in Washington D.C.  (iStock) Amid the current national debate over immigration policies, racial discrimination, LGBTQ rights, and executive power, the anniversary of an important legal and political dispute that has directly shaped that debate will pass quietly, its legacy all but forgotten. In September 1958, sixty years ago next week, the United States Supreme Court finally earned its hard-fought reputation as a co-equal branch of the federal government, in a courtroom drama filled with urgency and uncertainty. For perhaps the first time, the high court put muscle behind its mandate, asserting in unequivocal terms that its interpretation of the Constitution was the “supreme law of the land,” and ordering immediate state compliance. Thurgood Marshall...

Kavanaugh says he’s never had ‘inappropriate conversations’ with anyone regarding Russia probe

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh stressed he has not had “inappropriate conversations” with anyone – including those at a law firm founded by one of President Trump’s former personal attorneys – about the ongoing Russia investigation. Kavanaugh, who was appointed by Trump to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court earlier this year, got into a particularly combative discussion with Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., late Wednesday night before the end of the second day of his confirmation hearing. Harris asked Kavanaugh whether he had discussed the Russia probe, spearheaded by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, with anyone at the New York law firm Kasowitz Benson Torres. The firm was founded by Marc Kasowitz, one of Trump’s former personal attorneys. Kavanaugh told Harris, seen as a potential 2...

Supreme Court decisions could curb campus censorship

Recent First Amendment rulings by the Supreme Court could force courts and university administrators to take a closer look at controversial practices that have marginalized certain political views – often conservative ones – on campus. Free speech on campus has emerged as a hot debate in recent years, amid a rash of speakers being disinvited or violently protested. These issues are often handled in-house – but now, the courts could hold sway. “We should expect college campuses to truly be marketplaces of ideas where students learn to value free speech and open inquiry and take that lesson with them as they become the next generation of judges, legislators, teachers and voters,” Casey Mattox, senior fellow for free speech and toleration at the libertarian Charles Koch Institute, told Fox Ne...

Ginsburg to hopes to serve ‘at least’ five more years on Supreme Court

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg revealed on Sunday she hopes to remain on the court’s bench for at least five more years. “My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years,” Ginsburg, 85, who described herself as a “flaming feminist,” said at an event in New York City, according to CNN. Her comments, which were made after seeing a play about late Justice Antonin Scalia, may calm those concerned about the number of justices President Trump could potentially nominate for a seat in his first term. Trump recently nominated Brett Kavanaugh to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy. Many Democrats and activists have come out against Kavanaugh and are alarmed that he’s likely to make the court more conservat...

Here’s the real reason Democrats are so scared about Kavanaugh joining the Supreme Court

Democrats are getting hysterical about the prospect of Judge Brett Kavanaugh being seated on the Supreme Court. Most of their hyperventilating is nonsense. In a desperate attempt to block Kavanaugh’s confirmation by the Senate, the Democrats are making wild claims that abortion would be banned, people would be dying in the streets, and the president would gain immunity from investigation and prosecution if Kavanaugh joins the nation’s highest court. Time for a reality check. Let’s all take a deep breath and look at the facts about the judge who President Trump has nominated to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kavanaugh currently serves on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He’s not some right-wing extremist who would run wild – like the p...

I was Supreme Court nominee Kavanaugh’s law clerk — Let me tell you about the man I know

Until President Trump nominated him for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court Monday night, most Americans had never heard of Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Who is he, beyond his resume? What’s he really like? As someone who served as his law clerk from 2006 to 2007, I may be able to provide some answers. During his 12 years on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Judge Kavanaugh has had many law clerks. It was my immense good fortune to be one of them.  Much has been said about Judge Kavanaugh’s brilliance, judicial temperament and commitment to the rule of law. As law clerks, we saw those qualities in action every day. But we also got to know the judge as a human being. As the confirmation process gets underway, I hope the Senate and the nation will too. They will like what...

Judge Andrew Napolitano: Why I am so deeply disappointed by Trump’s Supreme Court pick

When Donald Trump started running for the Republican nomination for president in June 2015, he began by attacking the Republican establishment in Washington, and he began his attack by calling the establishment “the swamp.” His real target was the permanent government and its enablers in the legal, financial, diplomatic and intelligence communities in Washington. These entities hover around power centers no matter which party is in power. Beneath the swamp, Trump argued, lies the deep state. This is a loose collection of career government officials who operate outside ordinary legal and constitutional frameworks and use the levers of government power to favor their own, affect public policy and stay in power. Though I did not vote for Trump — I voted for the Libertarian c...

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