Republican political operative Brian Robinson says that even if every allegation against Judge Brett Kavanaugh is true, the conservative Supreme Court nominee should still be confirmed.
Robinson, the former spokesman for Gov. Nathan Deal (R-GA), claimed on CNN that the allegations by Prof. Christine Blasey Ford do not even constitute a crime.
“Let her tell her story, because we’re going to confirm him, he is going to be on the Supreme Court,” Robinson predicted.
“Let me come back to this statement from you, that nothing she alleged disqualified him from the Supreme Court, even if it is true, even if he sexual assaulted her when he was 17 and she was 15, that’s not disqualifying?” CNN’s Victor Blackwell asked. “He should be confirmed?”
“This was not a rape, everybody was fully clothed,” Robinson answered.
“Is it inappropriate? Absolutely. Is that how any young man should treat any young woman? Absolutely not,” he continued. “But if you went back, put this in a larger context, they were 17-years-old, no crime was committed, something terribly inappropriate that we should teach young men not to do for sure, this is not something for a 17-year-old should disqualify them when they are in 50s and have shown to be responsible adults.”
“One sexual assault is a gimme?” Blackwell asked.
“Look, there are gradations, different grades are sexual assault,” Robinson answered. “I think we need to be careful about criminalizing 17-year-old’s behavior.”
“This is an acceptable level of sexual assault?” Blackwell followed-up.
“It is a not crime,” Robinson claimed.
‘It’s all distractions’: CNN panel obliterates GOP for totally refusing to discuss Trump’s conduct
A CNN panel on Thursday obliterated House Republicans for once again completely ignoring the substance of allegations against President Donald Trump and instead throwing out numerous distractions intended to deflect attention from the president's actions.
"It's been distractions about the Bidens, it's been distractions about conspiracy theories about Ukraine's involvement in the election," said CNN legal analyst Carrie Cordero. "Yesterday, it was distractions about FISA and FISA so-called abuse. It was distractions from Congressman Gohmert reading calls from 1943! It's been all distractions and they won't wrestle with the actual conduct."
CNN’s Jake Tapper does line-by-line fact check of Jim Jordan’s nonstop misleading statements during impeachment hearing
Host Jake Tapper did a special web fact-check for CNN.com where he looked line-by-line into Rep. Jim Jordan's (R-OH) claims about the impeachment proceedings.
He had four specific talking points that were disingenuous and outright false.
1. Jordan: "There was no quid pro quo in the transcript"
There absolutely was evidence in the summary of the transcript. Tapper began by explaining that Americans still haven't seen the full transcript or a recording of the July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
"If you read the summary of the transcript it clearly shows that after a discussion of U.S. military support for Ukraine, President Trump said the relationship is not 'reciprocal' and he asks Zelensky for 'a favor,'" Tapper said. "The favor? To investigate a conspiracy theory into the 2016 election and later in the call he says, 'one other thing,' he wants Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter."
‘I am not yielding!’ Rep. Pramila Jayapal shuts down Jim Jordan’s attempt to hijack impeachment hearing
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) stood her ground at an impeachment hearing on Thursday after Republicans tried to derail her arguments in favor of removing President Donald Trump.
Jayapal began her remarks by pointing out that Florida Republican Matt Gaetz was wrong to suggest that President Donald Trump was invested in Ukraine's fight against Russia.
"Why then did he decide he was so concerned about 'corruption' that he was not going to release military aid?" Jayapal said, prompting Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio to demand that she yield the floor.
"I am not yielding!" Jayapal exclaimed. "I am not yielding. I am not yielding."