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GOP senators to Ford: Show up Monday or we vote on Kavanaugh
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- The overarching message from Republicans Wednesday to Christine Blasey Ford: Show up or we’re heading to a vote.“She said she wanted to appear but if she changes her mind and refuses to appear, there's not much we can do,” the number two Republican in the Senate, John Cornyn of Texas, said of the California professor who alleges Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they both were in high school.“We can't force her to do that," Cornyn said. "And so nothing really else would remain of the investigation and background of the judge and we...
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Trump says hard for him to imagine Christine Blasey Ford's allegation against Brett Kavanaugh is true
Win McNamee/Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump says he wants to hear from the accuser of his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh but said it's hard for him to "imagine that anything happened," referring to the sexual assault allegation brought by professor Christine Blasey Ford."If she shows up and makes a credible showing, that will be very interesting and we'll have to make a decision," President Trump said. "But I can only say this, he is such an outstanding man. Very hard for me to imagine that anything happened."Asked directly by ABC News' Jonathan Karl if Ford's allegation is...
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Christine Blasey Ford's high school classmate: Brett Kavanaugh controversy has felt 'personal'
ABCNews.com (WASHINGTON) -- Samantha Guerry, a former classmate of Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when they were both in high school in suburban Maryland decades ago, said it’s “just not possible” that her friend is mistaken on his identity.“I find that very, well frankly it makes me angry,” Guerry said on ABC News’ “The Briefing Room.”“It's really a way of dismissing her and suggesting that her memory isn't clear," Guerry said. "I think that when you have someone's hand over your mouth and you think that you might die by accident...
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Trump calls Florence 'one of the wettest we've ever seen from the standpoint of water'
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- President Donald thanked first responders in a Twitter video where he described Florence as “tough” one of the “wettest” hurricanes ever. "This is a tough hurricane," he said. "One of the wettest we've ever seen from the standpoint of water."He added: "Florence has been a nasty one. A big one like that area certainly has never seen before.” The storm has claimed at least 37 lives.Posted to the president's Twitter account Tuesday afternoon, a day before he was scheduled to visit North Carolina for a briefing on the hurricane, the video also includes the president’s appreciate of...
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'I don't have an attorney general,' Trump says in interview
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- President Trump on Tuesday launched a fresh attack at Jeff Sessions, his beleaguered attorney general, saying in an interview that he "doesn't have an attorney general." Trump made the remark in an interview with The Hill. According to the news organization, the president repeatedly expressed his "disappointment" with Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia collusion investigation. Asked whether he'll fire Sessions, Trump replied, "We'll see what happens.""A lot of people have asked me to do that," he continued. "And I guess I study history, and I say I just want to leave things alone, but...
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Anita Hill advises Senate to 'push the pause button' on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh
Marla Aufmuth/Getty Images for Texas Conference for Women (WASHINGTON) -- Nearly three decades after Anita Hill testified about her own sexual harassment allegations against now-Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, she says the Senate Judiciary Committee should "push the pause button" on high court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "My advice is to push the pause button on this hearing, get the information together, bring in the experts and put together a hearing that is fair, that is impartial, that is not biased by politics or by myth and bring this information to the American public," she said.Hill said whether Christine Blasey Ford...
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Trump directs release of declassified surveillance warrant on Russia probe
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Here's what you need to about FISA warrants, some of the most closely held secrets in the U.S. government. What is FISAFISA, which stands for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, is the law that governs how the U.S. government can collect foreign intelligence using its considerable surveillance capabilities.To conduct foreign intelligence surveillance, the FBI must submit a FISA warrant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) and obtain approval. The FISC is made up of 11 federal judges who work on a rotating basis in a secure area of the Justice Department and can authorize applications for these...
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Congresswoman, first to talk to Kavanaugh accuser, calls her 'honest person'
U.S. House of Representatives (WASHINGTON) -- Rep. Anna Eshoo, the California Democrat who was first approached by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser over the summer, describes Christine Blasey Ford as a “gentle, honest person who may change people’s minds.” Eshoo told ABC News' "Powerhouse Politics" podcast host Jonathan Karl that she met with the college professor for almost two hours face-to-face over the July Fourth holiday when she wanted to share her story.“My constituent is not a creature of Washington, D.C.," Eshoo said. "That's not who she is.” Eshoo, who said Ford discreetly called her district office, recounted how...
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Kavanaugh accuser wants FBI investigation before testifying: Lawyer
Holton Arms School Yearbook (WASHINGTON) -- The woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault when both of them were in high school will not testify before the FBI investigates the matter, one of her lawyers, Lisa Banks, said Tuesday night.In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, reported first on CNN and obtained by ABC News, lawyers for professor Christine Blasey Ford, said "a full investigation by law enforcement officials will ensure that the crucial facts and witnesses in this matter are assessed in a non-partisan manner, and that the Committee is fully...
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Sen. Mazie Hirono's message to American men: 'Just shut up and step up'
Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call via Getty Images (WASHINGTON) -- Back in 1991, when Anita Hill came forward with allegations of sexual harassment against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas, it was an all-male Senate Judiciary Committee that grilled her as the nation watched.On Tuesday, reporters asked Sen. Mazie Hirono, one of only four women on the current Senate Judiciary Committee, if having women on it now will shape the way the recent allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is handled.The Democrat from Hawaii sighed, and then laughed."Of course it helps that there are women on that committee, but you know...
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Trump 'dossier' stuck in New York, didn't trigger Russia investigation, sources say
iStock/Thinkstock (NEW YORK) -- President Donald Trump and his allies have long insisted that what he calls the “fake dirty dossier” was wholly “responsible for starting the totally and discredited witch hunt” by special counsel Robert Mueller.But, beginning in July 2016, that so-called “dossier” actually sat for several weeks inside an organized crime unit at the FBI’s New York field office, even as counterintelligence agents in Washington, D.C. – unaware of the new allegations – were already investigating Russian efforts to hijack American democracy.Trump doubled down on his “dossier” accusation this week, ordering the Justice Department and U.S. intelligence community...
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Senators united that Kavanaugh accuser should be heard; divided on how and where
iStock/Thinkstock (WASHINGTON) -- Senators on both sides of the political aisle seemed to agree Tuesday that the sexual assault allegation from Professor Christine Blasey Ford against Judge Brett Kavanaugh ought to be discussed and included as part of the body of information lawmakers will use to inform their vote on Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination.But Republicans and Democrats also appear divided on how to proceed, with Republicans asserting that a Judiciary Committee hearing, scheduled for Monday, is the best venue, and some Democrats calling for the FBI to open and complete a full investigation before the Senate proceeds.“We don’t know what...
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