The Senate Judiciary committee held a vote Friday on whether embattled judge Brett Kavanaugh would be appointed to the Supreme Court, after a series of sexual assault allegations threatened to derail his nomination.
Democrats slammed their colleagues for rushing a vote without conducting a thorough investigation after highly credible testimony from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a woman who’s accusing Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school.
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) gave a powerful statement decrying Republicans’ rush to vote, as well as the fact that they spent more time attacking and blaming Senator Feinstein for her handling of Ford’s allegations than seriously investigating the claims.
“Not one senator, as far as I know, has had the opportunity to question Deborah Ramirez … They are right that we should not rush to judgment, and it’s not fair to assume Judge Kavanaugh is guilty without gathering the information,” she said.
“But it’s equally unfair to have heard from a credible, poised, and brave witness and simply ignore what we heard and move forward immediately,” Feinstein said.
“Dr. Ford provided credible, powerful testimony that deserves to be considered, and not dismissed” she declared. “I hoped we would do better.”
She observed that Republicans’ strategy has not evolved much from the Anita Hill hearings.
“The Republican strategy is not longer attack the victim. It is ignore the victim.”
“I can believe we can do better and I hope we are better,” she concluded.
Stephanie Grisham claims Trump is ‘healthy’ and ‘without complaints’ after surprise visit to hospital
The White House announced that President Donald Trump is healthy after an unscheduled trip to Walter Reed Hospital.
“After a quick exam and labs, the President is headed back downtown," press secretary Stephanie Grisham said.
"The President remains healthy and energetic without complaints, as demonstrated by his repeated vigorous rally performances in front of thousands of Americans several times a week," she argued.
Trump has been holding one or two political rallies a week, where he regularly speaks for well over an hour.
More female Republicans will lose in 2020 as ‘misogynist’ Trump wages a ‘war on women’: Ex-GOP candidate
President Donald Trump's actions will harm female Republicans at the ballot box in 2020, according to a former GOP counsel for the House Oversight Committee.
Sophia Nelson, who ran for Congress as a Republican, made her argument in The Daily Beast.
"Donald Trump has attacked so many women in so many ways for their looks, their age, or their position it can be hard to keep track," Nelson wrote. "But the president took his attacks on strong, accomplished and independent women even further in his attacks on his own U.S. ambassador, Marie Yovanovitch, telling Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that 'the former ambassador from the United States, the woman, was bad news.' That was in the now infamous phone call that led to the impeachment hearings that began this week, and Friday, in the middle of Yovanovitch’s testimony there, he tweeted that 'everywhere Marie Yovanovitch went turned bad.'”
Trump’s hearsay defense goes out the window as House Intel releases transcripts of two first-hand witnesses
The House Intelligence Committee released two new transcripts on Saturday from first-hand witnesses who were on the line for President Donald Trup's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The transcripts are from the depositions of Deputy Assistant to the President Timothy Morrison and Vice President Pence’s special adviser on Europe and Russia, Jennifer Williams.
The chairs of the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees released a joint statement on the testimony.
"The testimony released today shows that President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky immediately set off alarm bells throughout the White House. Both witnesses provided the Committees with first-hand accounts after personally listening to the call in the White House Situation Room," the chairs said.