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Relatives have vigil for 4 allegedly killed by border agent

Dozens of family members and friends of four women who authorities say were killed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent gather for a candlelight vigil at a park in downtown Laredo, Texas, on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. Juan David Ortiz was arrested Saturday while hiding in a hotel parking garage. Investigators believe he fatally shot the four victims during separate attacks after taking each of them to desolate areas outside of Laredo. Investigators say a fifth victim escaped and contacted authorities. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan) LAREDO, Texas –  Dozens of family members and friends of four slain women who investigators say were the victims of a U.S. Border Patrol supervisor gathered Tuesday evening in South Texas to remember them at a vigil. In a park near San Agustin Cathedral in downtown Lared...

Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford demands ‘full investigation’ by FBI before testifying, in letter from her lawyers

Christine Blasey Ford, the California professor claiming Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 35 years ago, late Tuesday demanded a “full investigation” by the FBI before she attends any congressional hearing or “interrogation” into her accusations. In response, Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, who said Ford is still invited to speak to the committee, countered that “nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay.” Other top Republicans, including Arizona Republican Sen. Jeff Flake, who had said they wanted to hear from Ford before voting on Kavanaugh’s confirmation, have indicated they would move forward ...

Congresswoman, first to talk to Kavanaugh accuser, calls her ‘honest person’

Rep. Anna Eshoo, the California Democrat who was first approached by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser over the summer, describes Christine Blasey Ford as a “gentle, honest person who may change people’s minds.” Eshoo told ABC News’ “Powerhouse Politics” podcast host Jonathan Karl that she met with the college professor for almost two hours face-to-face over the July Fourth holiday when she wanted to share her story. “My constituent is not a creature of Washington, D.C.,” Eshoo said. “That’s not who she is.” Eshoo, who said Ford discreetly called her district office, recounted how she wanted to make sure the alleged victim felt comfortable, and that her privacy would be respected. “I think that, you know, her soft-spoken nature but the powe...

Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before testifying: Lawyer

The woman who’s accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when both of them were in high school will not testify before the FBI investigates the matter, one of her lawyers, Lisa Banks, said Tuesday night. In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, reported first on CNN and obtained by ABC News, lawyers for professor Christine Blasey Ford, said “a full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully informed before conducting any hearing or making any decisions.” Grassley had invited both Ford and Kavanaugh to testify before the committee on Monday. “There’s no reason to have a public h...

Gregg Jarrett: If Rod Rosenstein defies Trump’s order to declassify documents, he should be fired

President Trump has ordered that numerous documents involving the Russia investigation be declassified.  The records have long been sought by Congress under lawful subpoenas.  Yet, the FBI and Department of Justice have consistently obstructed the release of these materials under the guise of “classified” secrets.  This is a convenient alibi all too frequently employed to cover-up wrongdoing and abuse of authority by those we entrust to uphold the law.   These days, overzealous government officials automatically designate nearly all matters as national security risks, regardless of whether they truly are.  Whenever the FBI orders Chinese take-out, it is labeled “top secret” because… you know… it involves the Chinese.  False classification has reached absurd proportions.  How do we know?  E...

Feinstein blames GOP after Kavanaugh accuser stays mum, admits ‘I can’t say everything’s truthful’

Brett Kavanaugh offers to testify, no reply yet from accuser Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh says he’ll testify under oath before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but his accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford has not accepted Sen. Grassley’s invitation yet; chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel reports from Capitol Hill. Senate Judiciary Committee ranking Democrat Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday blamed Republicans for failing to get in touch with Brett Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford ahead of a planned hearing on Monday, even as GOP leaders said they’ve made repeated attempts to reach out, and accused Feinstein of refusing to help. Feinstein, who has vouched for Ford’s credibility, also admitted she could not verify that Ford’s allegations ...

Sally Field reveals she ‘didn’t speak’ to Burt Reynolds ‘for the last 30 years of his life’

Sally Field reveals she ‘didn’t speak’ to Burt Reynolds ‘for the last 30 years of his life’ in a new interview with “The View” on Tuesday.  (Reuters) Sally Field is opening up about her relationship with the late Burt Reynolds.  In an interview with “The View” on Tuesday for her new memoir “In Pieces,” Field revealed that she didn’t speak to Reynolds, who died on Sept. 6 from cardiac arrest, for the last three decades of his life.  “He was a hugely important part of my life, but for a very short period of my life,” she said, noting that the two dated for three years and were on-and-off for two. She continued: “I really didn’t speak to him for the last 30 years of his life. I would feel him kind of reach out to me via t...

‘Fox News Sunday’ panel on fallout from Manafort plea deal

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Senators united that Kavanaugh accuser should be heard; divided on how and where

Senators on both sides of the political aisle seemed to agree Tuesday that the sexual assault allegation from Professor Christine Blasey Ford against Judge Brett Kavanaugh ought to be discussed and included as part of the body of information lawmakers will use to inform their vote on Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination. But Republicans and Democrats also appear divided on how to proceed, with Republicans asserting that a Judiciary Committee hearing, scheduled for Monday, is the best venue, and some Democrats calling for the FBI to open and complete a full investigation before the Senate proceeds. “We don’t know what the facts are and that’s the reason why you have an open hearing like this and you allow individuals to make up their own minds,” Sen. Mike Rounds, R-S.D., told reporters. Mon...

Venezuelan opposition leader laments “genocide” in his country, reveals his escape from detainment

The people of Venezuela are victims of genocide and the first- narco-dictatorship of the 21st century, claims prominent opposition leader and former political prisoner Antonio Ledezma. “This is a premediated massacre, the worst of its kind because it is against its own people,” the 63-year-old exiled politician told Fox News on Monday, ahead of a speech at the Oslo Freedom Forum in New York. “The worst part of it is seeing the children dying of malnutrition, and the women dying of breast cancer because they can no longer get cancer medicine.” Ledezma said another 300 children are expected to die this year due to malnutrition alone, and maintains several hundred, possibly thousands, of people have been shot dead since protests began almost five years ago. And from February to May of last ye...

Great white shark lair in Pacific Ocean discovered by scientists

Researchers from Monterey bay Aquarium and Stanford University have discovered,  between California and Hawaii, an area the size of Colorado that appears to be a “White Shark Café” — but it is unclear if the sharks are there for food or sex. The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday authorities are trying to determine why these sharks spend months on an annual pilgrimage, in winter and spring, to the deep sea. Scientists say that it appears the sharks are out there to feast on the abundant amount of squid and small fish in the region. “They are telling us this incredible story about the mid-water, and there is this whole secret life that we need to know about,” Salvador Jorgensen, a research scientist for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and one of the expedition’s leaders, told the paper. The ...

Trump says Russia probe documents need to be declassified for ‘total transparency’

In his first on-camera comments since ordering the declassification of secret documents related to the Russia investigation, President Donald Trump on Tuesday argued his move was in the interest of “total transparency” while making clear his primary target is the “terrible witch hunt.” “What I want is I want total transparency,” Trump said. “This is a witch hunt. Republicans are seeing it. The Democrats know it’s a witch hunt, too, but they don’t want to admit it because that’s not good politics for them.” Trump noted that his order was based on requests from lawmakers on the House Intelligence and Oversight committees, and wouldn’t answer directly if he plans to declassify even more items in the future. On Monday, Trump directed that more of the FBI’s warrant application to se...