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.@nycsouthpaw: When career prosecutor Rachel Mitchell asked #Kavanaugh about his drinking & the July 1 party where Judge and Smyth were in attendance – a key date that aligns with Ford's account – Republican senators then came to his rescue and benched her yahoo.com/news/kavanaugh…
American Bar Association: delay #Kavanaugh confirmation vote until an FBI investigation is completed into the sexual assault allegations against him #KavanaughHearings cnn.com/2018/09/27/pol…
"For the good of the country and the future credibility of the Supreme Court in a world that is finally learning to take reports of harassment, assault and abuse seriously, it is time to find a nominee whose confirmation will not repudiate that lesson."
Flake proposes one-week postponement of floor vote to allow FBI probe into #Kavanaugh

Trump calls Ford a "very fine woman" and a "very credible witness," says he will defer to Senate on whether to open an FBI investigation and delay a floor vote
🚨🚨 wsj.com/livecoverage/k…
Sen. Lisa Murkowski joins Sen. Jeff Flake in backing delay in Senate vote on #Kavanaugh pending an FBI investigation #KavanaughHearings #DelayTheVote

Senator Joe Manchin supports Sen. Jeff Flake's call for one-week delay of full Senate vote on #Kavanaugh to allow an FBI investigation #DelayTheVote on.wsj.com/2DMPB8e
Mark Judge has the same casual relationship with the truth as Bart O'Kavanaugh.
12 years before #Kavanaugh's unhinged, partisan, conspiratorial rants prompted the ABA to urge senators to #DelayTheVote, it had expressed serious concerns over “his professional experience and the question of his freedom from bias and open-mindedness” washingtonpost.com/politics/2018/…
"The FBI moved immediately given the short time frame. Agents had sought to schedule an interview with 1 of 2 other women who, after Ford went public, made accusations of their own about alleged assaults dating to #Kavanaugh’s days in high school and Yale" latimes.com/politics/la-na…
i don't why men are so emotional must be that time of the month
Good rundown of #Kavanaugh's dissembling, distortion and diversion during the #KavanaughHearings.

2018, when the venerable New York Times metamorphosized into the Urban Dictionary. What a time to be alive. nyti.ms/2OjXsOA
Trump, today: The FBI has "free reign" in the investigation; "they’re going to do whatever they have to do."

Also today: White House limits scope of the FBI’s #Kavanaugh investigation, will not permit agents to investigate accuser #JulieSwetnick's claims nbcnews.com/politics/polit…
"The limited scope seems to be at odds with what some members of @SenJudiciary seemed to expect when they agreed to give the FBI as much as a week to investigate allegations against #Kavanaugh"

cc @JeffFlake @Sen_JoeManchin @lisamurkowski @SenatorCollins
So Trump's promised "thorough investigation" excludes
#JulieSwetnick's "train" allegations
• verifying Judge's employment at Safeway (i.e., #July1st1982)
• why #Kavanaugh’s account of his drinking at Yale differs dramatically from those of former classmates.

Guilty af.
"Led by Don McGahn, the White House counsel, Trump’s advisers are helping direct the scope of the background check."

The 4 witnesses: Mark Judge, Leland Keyser, P.J. Smyth & Debbie Ramirez.

The FBI does *not* plan to question Julie Swetnick. #Kavanaugh
The #Kavanaugh Cover-Up.

"The White House has asked that the F.B.I. share its findings after investigators complete those interviews, and at that point, **Trump and his advisors would decide whether to have the accusations investigated further.**"
Another notable omission from the witness list: Mark Judge's former girlfriend Elizabeth Rasor, who is willing to testify that he told her about an incident at the time involving him & other boys taking turns having sex with a drunk woman (i.e., a "train")
Searing, provocative symbolism from Bruce MacKinnon @CH_Cartoon
#Kavanaugh #MeToo

#ChristineBlaseyFord's legal team said Sunday they have not yet been contacted by the FBI despite the narrowing time frame for the #Kavanaugh investigation abcnews.go.com/Politics/chris…
"Elizabeth Rasor has not been contacted by FBI despite repeated offers to cooperate.

Charles Ludington, a former varsity basketball player and friend of #Kavanaugh’s at Yale, will deliver a statement to FBI detailing violent drunken behavior by Kavanaugh"
"@PressSec Sanders said an investigation into Swetnick’s claims & whether #Kavanaugh may have misled lawmakers in his Senate testimony would not be acceptable."

Investigating sexual assault and perjury are "not acceptable"? To whom?
"Chad Ludington said he frequently saw #Kavanaugh “staggering from alcohol consumption” during their student years ..

#Kavanaugh often became “belligerent and aggressive” while intoxicated, including "starting a fight that landed a mutual friend in jail"
Text messages show #Kavanaugh was tampering with potential witnesses, seeking to undermine Debbie Ramirez's allegation before it became public nbcnews.com/politics/supre…
Text messages show #Kavanaugh was tampering with potential witnesses, seeking to undermine Debbie Ramirez's allegation before it became public.

One of them, Kerry Berchem, has tried to get those messages to the FBI but has yet to be contacted
"The texts also demonstrate that #Kavanaugh and Ramirez were more socially connected than previously understood and that Ramirez was uncomfortable around Kavanaugh when they saw each other at a wedding 10 years after they graduated"
Letter signed by 400 law professors: "We have differing views about Judge #Kavanaugh's other qualifications. But we are united in believing that [he] did not display the impartiality & judicial temperament requisite to sit on the highest court of our land" wsj.com/livecoverage/k…
#pt h/t @Shoq

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Oct 5, 2018
93% of his records withheld from the American people

43 witnesses barred from corroborating Ford's account & proving he perjured himself

2,400+ law professors oppose his confirmation, citing his partisan, conspiratorial rant which betrayed a clear "lack of judicial temperament"
Any one of these would be disqualifying for a Supreme Court nominee.

Taken together, they are evidence that Kavanaugh is unfit to serve on ANY bench.
American Bar Association reopens evaluation of #Kavanaugh's "well-qualified" rating, based on his unhinged performance during a Senate hearing last week pbs.org/newshour/polit…
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Sep 29, 2018
“We cannot continue to make people keep suffering in pain over and over and over again for a debt that’s already been paid.” 

Excellent #longread on the people behind Florida's #RestoreTheVote campaign, inc a GOP lobbyist convicted in the Abramoff scandal
"A report by Washington Economics Group, whose clients include businesses like Nascar, projected that automatic restoration of voting rights would lead to $365 million/year in gains for Florida's economy, from lower prison costs and increased productivity"
Amazing statistic: the recidivism rate for people who had their voting rights automatically restored under Gov. Crist is 12.4%, vs a state average of 30%.

Also noteworthy: Charles and David Koch's network has declared support for Amendment 4.
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Sep 26, 2018
You thought the world was laughing at him yesterday - they are in absolute stitches at today's epic embarrassment.

Trump addresses a Kurdish reporter as "Mr. Kurd" #25thAmendmentNow
Trump says he rejected a one-on-one meeting with Justin Trudeau at the #UNGA, threatens tariffs on Canada auto exports: "We're going to tax the cars coming in, and we'll put billions and billions into our treasury .. Canada has treated us very badly"
Aside from his economic illiteracy (Americans pay the tariff, not foreign exporters), his personal animus towards Trudeau and Canada – neighbors, close allies, brothers and sisters – is senseless and destructive.
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Sep 22, 2018
“Tell me what boy hasn’t done this in high school.”

Boys that were not raised by Republican women like these to think rape is ever normal or acceptable. This is abhorrent.
.@djrothkopf thread nails why the Kavanaugh episode is so disturbing - and what it reveals about the nihilism of the modern Republican Party. #EndAC
As several people (@martindvassolo, @realshawnbrandt, @AdamWeinstein) have documented, these aren't random "Republican voters," as @CNN would have you believe, but well-connected GOP candidates, operatives & activists.

Salena Zito-level misrepresentation.
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