What would happen if Republicans in the Senate push through the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, seating him on the Supreme Court in time for the new court term that begins on October 1, only to have a later investigation find that more evidence of his alleged violent sexual assault of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford?
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow took on that topic on Thursday night, and explained how even if Kavanaugh makes it through the confirmation process he could still be removed from the bench and thrown in jail for the assault.
“There is no statute of limitations for a felony like this in Maryland,” Maddow said of the state where Kavanaugh’s alleged sexual assault took place. “Local authorities in Montgomery County, Maryland now say that while this allegation does pertain to their jurisdiction, the reason they have not opened a criminal investigation of this mater is because they have not received a criminal complaint of the alleged victim in this case—I don’t know that it will always be this way.”
Even if he was confirmed, Maddow said “there would remain the possibility—indefinitely” that Kavanaugh could be charged.
“She could, at any point, make that criminal complaint to the police in Maryland,” she said. “Such a complaint count start a criminal investigation of a sitting Supreme Court justice for felony attempted rape… there is no rule against indicting a sitting Supreme Court justice. There is not even a Justice Department policy against indicting a sitting Supreme Court justice as there is for, say, a sitting president.”
Trump could turn on Hope Hicks just like Michael Cohen: Trump family biographer warns
Trump family biographer Emily Jane Fox explained that she didn't think that the president would turn on long-time aide Hope Hicks, but then again, it was the same thought about Michael Cohen as well.
In a panel discussion about Hicks' testimony during MSNBC's Brian Williams' Wednesday show, Fox recalled that Micahel Cohen once said that he would take a bullet for the president. Once it appeared that Trump would throw him under the bus, Cohen began looking for a way out.
The same scenario seems to be happening with Hicks now.
"She works at new Fox, which is a company run by a Murdoch son," Fox said. "It's a company that's brand new. She's the head of communications there. And there are shareholders who would take issue with the fact that a senior member of this company is being put in this situation and being thrust on the world stage."
Trump jumped to Speaker Pelosi’s defense in marathon Fox News interview
In a strange twist, President Donald Trump appeared to defend House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity Wednesday.
Hannity began by saying to Trump that he believes Pelosi has lost control of her own party, as officials like Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Ilhan Omar (D-MN) continue to call for impeachment.
"I say Nancy Pelosi is the speaker in name only," Hannity told Trump, calling Ocasio-Cortez the real start.
But what Trump said was the unusual point.
"I think Nancy Pelosi probably has control of it, I hear different things, but I think she does," Trump said, appearing to defend the Speaker. "She knows what she's doing. We will see how it all comes out."
Trump spokesperson goes down in flames up against progressive reporter: ‘All you do is lie!’
President Donald Trump's spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany went down in flames up against Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks during a CNN panel Wednesday.
McEnany went on to try and spin the president as some sort of great leader for Black Americans. She said that the campaign is very "proud" of the president's record on issues involving people of color.
"He also just said he wouldn't change his position on the Central Park Five," cut in Cuomo.
McEnany tried to cut in, but Cuomo cut in. "Now, he said we'll leave it at that. Come on."
"Chris, you come — come on, you," McEnany shot back. "We've been talking about the Central Park Five and racism and all of these things going back to the 2016 election, problem -- American people didn't believe it."