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White House denounces ‘smear campaign’ against Kavanaugh

  • 10:00 pm Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As the Senate Judiciary Committee set a showdown hearing for Thursday with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh and a woman who alleges that the judge sexually assaulted her in high school, the White House on Sunday again defended the President’s pick after new allegations surfaced, as Republicans said this was nothing but a coordinated political effort by Democrats to sink the Kavanaugh nomination.

“This 35-year-old, uncorroborated claim is the latest in a coordinated smear campaign by the Democrats designed to tear down a good man,” said White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec.

The White House also released a statement from Kavanaugh, [More]

Senate panel sets Kavanaugh-Ford showdown hearing for Thursday

  • 1:52 pm Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After days of behind the scenes wrangling, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced on Sunday afternoon that the panel will hold a hearing on Thursday to take public testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct at a high school party in the early 1980’s.

The panel had originally set a Monday morning vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination, but after a weekend of talks – which still hasn’t resolved all the details for the hearing – committee Republicans agreed to allow Ford to present her case in a public hearing, [More]

GOP: Claims of Kavanaugh accuser not backed up by possible witnesses

  • 7:19 am Sunday, September 23rd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Even as lawyers for Dr. Christine Blasey Ford negotiated with the Senate Judiciary Committee over the terms of her possible testimony later this week, a series of possible corroborating witnesses did not back up Ford’s allegations that she was sexually assaulted by Judge Brett Kavanaugh at a party in the 1980’s, raising questions about her explosive claims which have delayed consideration of Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.

“Dr. Christine Ford claimed she was assaulted at a house party attended by four others,” said White House spokesperson Kerri Kupec. “Since then, all four of these individuals have provided statements to the Senate Judiciary [More]

Drama continues as Senate GOP gives more time to Kavanaugh accuser

  • 7:35 am Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

After posting a schedule for a Monday morning vote on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the U.S. Supreme Court, Republicans late on Friday night gave extra time to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford to consider testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, still trying to work out an agreement for testimony from a woman who accused the judge of sexual misconduct back when they were teenagers, allegations that have thrown Kavanaugh’s nomination into question.

“It’s not my normal approach to b indecisive,” Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) tweeted late Friday night from his home state of Iowa, as he tried to both [More]

At impasse over testimony by accuser, GOP sets Monday panel vote on Kavanaugh

  • 10:15 pm Friday, September 21st, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Ending several days of increasingly political battles over a woman who accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee declared Friday night that they were unable to reach an agreement for the testimony of Kavanaugh’s accuser, and set a committee vote for Monday over the heated objections of Democrats.

“It’s Friday night and nothing’s been agreed to despite our extensive efforts to make testimony possible,” said Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

Democrats sternly disputed those assertions, charging that Republicans were doing all they could to avoid hearing from Dr. Christine [More]

Republicans press for Kavanaugh vote if accuser won’t testify

  • 8:34 am Wednesday, September 19th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As Democrats called for a full FBI investigation of sexual misconduct allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Republican Senators on Wednesday said that if Dr. Christine Blasey Ford decides not to testify at a hearing set for next Monday, then the GOP should move forward to vote on the Kavanaugh nomination, as Republicans set a Friday morning deadline for Kavanaugh’s accuser to decide if she will tell her story to Senators.

“We’re going to continue to try to hear from Dr. Ford in any format she’s comfortable with,” said Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the chairman of the Senate [More]

Senators wait to see if Kavanaugh accuser will testify

  • 7:26 pm Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As President Donald Trump again defended his Supreme Court nominee, federal appeals court judge Brett Kavanaugh, Senators in both parties waited Tuesday to see if Kavanaugh’s accuser would agree to testify at a hearing set for next week, after accusing him of sexual misconduct back when the two were teenagers in the 1980’s.

“Dr. Ford’s lawyers refuse to respond to our invitations to participate,” said Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), as questions seemed to be raised about whether a politically explosive hearing would take place next Monday as scheduled.

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee said staffers had spoken with Judge Kavanaugh on [More]

Senate moves to avoid shutdown, okays military, education, health spending

  • 1:07 pm Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Approving a deal worked out by Congressional negotiators, the Senate on Tuesday okayed a compromise package which funds the Pentagon, along with money for major domestic health programs in 2019, as lawmakers will leave a chunk of other federal agencies on a temporary spending plan that lasts into early December.

The $712 billion in funding for military operations was paired with funding for popular research agencies like the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, and includes extra money to fund work on the opioids epidemic.

“We are making real progress here,” said Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby.

The [More]

GOP advice with 7 weeks to Election Day – “Do the basics”

  • 4:00 am Tuesday, September 18th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

Facing a recent series of polls which raise questions about their majorities in the both the U.S. House and Senate, senior Republicans are counseling their colleagues to stick to the basics in their Congressional campaigns for November, especially urging them to emphasize economic growth under the Trump Administration as a reason to keep the GOP in charge on Capitol Hill.

“Our economic progress has America in the best economic condition it’s been in for decades,” said Rep. Steve Stivers (R-OH), who heads up election efforts nationally for House Republicans.

“The economy is booming, our policies are working – what’s not to like [More]

Trump stands by Kavanaugh, chides Democrats over last minute allegations

  • 4:02 pm Monday, September 17th, 2018 by Jamie Dupree

As Senators in both parties called for additional hearings into questions about possible sexual misconduct involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump on Monday expressed his strong support for the federal appeals court judge, chiding Democrats for springing allegations of sexual misconduct at the eleventh hour.

“This is something that should have been brought up long before this,” the President told reporters during a White House photo op.

While Mr. Trump did not comment directly on the charge made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, that Kavanaugh had committed a sexual assault on her during a party when they were teenagers [More]