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Trump aide called GOP operatives to spread Kavanaugh accuser’s name before her story was published

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The identity of the woman who came forward to share her story of being violently sexually assaulted at age 15 by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was given to Republican operatives before the story published, the Washington Post reports.

After preparing the story in which Professor Christine Blasey Ford  told her story, in which she says she worrying that a drunken Kavanaugh might kill her in his attack, the Post contacted the Trump White House for comment, as is standard reporting procedure.

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At that point, the Post now reports, Raj Shah, the Deputy Press Secretary who would be responsible for coordinating an official response reportedly “called a number of Trump allies to warn them about the upcoming story.”

The Post‘s source for the allegations against Shah were provided on the condition of anonymity.

“[Raj Shah] disclosed Ford’s identity to a number of people,” the Post reports.

However, the source and the Post sought to distance Shah from the conduct of Kavanaugh ally Ed Whalen. Whalen, a close friend of Kavanaugh, searched Blasey Ford’s LinkedIn page before the Post’s story was published as part of his research.

Whelen’s research into Blasey Ford culminated in a series of conspiracy theory tweets in which he named another man who was party of Kavanaugh’s social circle that he alleged was the real rapist.

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The White House has told the Post that “neither Kavanaugh nor anyone in the White House gave Ford’s name to Whelan.”

The Post now reports that its anonymous source maintains Shah “did not talk to Whelan.”

It was unclear how the source would know that Shah did not talk to Whalen unless Shah himself was the source.

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Whalen has deleted his conspiracy theory tweets and apologized but refused to tell the Post who contacted him.


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Trump rages at Sally Yates minutes before she testifies in the Senate: Greatest political crime of the century!

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President Donald Trump lashed out at former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates on Wednesday, just minutes before she was set to deliver her opening statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Sally Yates has zero credibility,” Trump tweeted, as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham was speaking at the hearing.

“She was a part of the greatest political crime of the Century, and ObamaBiden knew EVERYTHING! Sally Yates leaked the General Flynn conversation? Ask her under oath. Republicans should start playing the Democrats game!“

Graham is accusing former Justice Department officials of abusing their power by surveilling some Trump’s associates during their investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

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Trump makes pitch on Catholic TV: ‘Catholics like their Second Amendment so I saved the Second Amendment’

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President Donald Trump this week made a pitch to Catholic voters based on his assertion that he "saved the Second Amendment."

In a Tuesday interview with the Catholic TV network EWTV, correspondent Tracy Sabol asked Trump if he had a message for Catholic voters.

"Well, I think anybody having to do with, frankly, religion, but certainly the Catholic Church, you have to be with President Trump when it comes to pro-life, when it comes to all of the things, these people are going to take all of your rights away, including Second Amendment," the president said, "because, you know, Catholics like their Second Amendment. So I saved the Second Amendment."

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‘Jim Acosta is a fake reporter!’ Trump angrily denies reports that he ‘still doesn’t get’ coronavirus threat

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CNN's Jim Acosta must have struck a nerve with President Donald Trump.

Trump angrily denied Acosta's reporting that some members of the president's coronavirus task force were alarmed that Trump kept trying to change the subject during Tuesday's meeting about the deadly pandemic, and sources familiar with the White House meeting feared he still doesn't understand the gravity of the situation.

“He still doesn’t get it,” the source said. “He does not get it.”

As some members of the task force tried to stress the dire nature of the situation to the president during the meeting, the source said Trump repeatedly attempted to change the subject.

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