“The View” co-host Abby Huntsman insisted Republican senators could be persuaded to believe sexual assault claims against Brett Kavanaugh — but her colleagues promptly dismissed her naïvity.
The former Fox News broadcaster said she was troubled by the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford against the Supreme Court nominee, but she trusted that GOP members of the Senate Judiciary Committee would consider her claims before voting on confirmation.
“I went to bed last night and I couldn’t stop thinking about her,” Huntsman said. “No one is going to put themselves out there, and that makes her story the most believable. Someone has hacked her email and other things.”
“I also feel for the women in Kavanaugh’s family,” she continued. “There are a lot of women going through some really tough times right now.”
Huntsman said the Republican majority should pause the hearings to allow Ford to testify about her claims, but she insisted no outside investigation was necessary.
“Whether she needs time or not, her story is compelling enough that you don’t even need a background check,” Huntsman said. “If she gets up there, whether it’s next week or the week after that or the week after that there’s enough in her story where you’re going to have (Sen. Lisa) Murkowski (R-AK) and others say we can’t go down the road and support this guy.”
Co-host Joy Behar said conservative lawmakers were so blinded by their ultimate goal of outlawing abortion that they would confirm a credibly accused rapist on the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Here’s the thing, Abby,” Behar said. “I totally disagree with that. I think they are vehemently for overturning Roe v Wade — they want that, the right wing in this country wants it. They’ll say, ‘She says her story, he says his story — okay, I believe him.'”
Behar said Republicans were trying to establish a dynamic to pit Ford’s testimony against Kavanaugh’s — despite the existence of a third witness.
“That’s what’s going to happen,” she said. “There’s no other evidence, there’s no other evidence. It still becomes he said-she said, and they will vote for him.”
Although Ford has said Kavanaugh friend Mark Judge was present and even helped the future court nominee attempt to sexually assault her, Behar said Senate Republicans were hiding behind her reluctance to testify.
“Why don’t they subpoena him?” Behar said. “Too bad — subpoena him.”
Border Patrol blocking Americans from donating toothbrushes and diapers for detained children
On Sunday, Austin Savage and five of his friends huddled into an SUV and went to an El Paso Target, loading up on diapers, wipes, soaps and toys.
About $340 later, the group headed to a Border Patrol facility holding migrant children in nearby Clint with the goal of donating their goods. Savage said he and his friends had read an article from The New York Times detailing chaos, sickness and filth in the overcrowded facility, and they wanted to help.
But when they arrived, they found that the lobby was closed. The few Border Patrol agents — Savage said there were between eight and 10 of them — moving in and out of a parking facility ignored them.
Michael Flynn’s legal team is making bizarre moves — signaling he’s still hoping for a Trump pardon
When disgraced former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn recently hired a new firebrand lawyer, Sidney Powell, it suggested he could be maneuvering to change his legal strategy.
And on Monday, new signs emerged that his legal team is looking to shake things up. Flynn had another status hearing on Monday before Judge Emmet Sullivan as he awaits sentencing for charges brought by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
In the hearing on Monday, Powell, who had been publicly critical of the Russia investigation before joining Flynn’s team, requested a security clearance to review documents in the case. This was a surprising move, because the government said that there was no classified information in the documents it had turned over to the defense.
GOP aide — who was arrested for child pornography — jailed for 5 years
Republican political consultant Carter Ballmann received a five-year prison sentence on Monday.
"A former state legislative aide will spend five years in prison for trying to elicit sex from someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, but was actually an undercover detective," the Columbia Tribune reported. "U.S. District Judge Roseann Ketchmark on Friday sentenced 25-year-old Carter Clinton Ballmann to five years in the Federal Bureau of Prisons on a single count of attempted receipt of child pornography."
At the time of his arrest, Ballmann served as an aide to Rep. Mark Matthiesen, a Republican of Maryland Heights, Missouri.