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Sen. Graham: I'll Green-Light Mueller's Testimony

'That request will be granted,' says the South Carolina Republican

(Newser) - This time, Sen. Lindsey Graham is willing to listen. The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday he'll let Democrats call Robert Mueller to testify before the committee, the Washington Post reports. Graham had rejected such calls before but appeared to change his mind after Mueller penned a...

Why People Are Saying Barr Must Resign
Barr Is 'Slicing
the Onion Very,
Very Thinly'
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Barr Is 'Slicing the Onion Very, Very Thinly'

And other reactions from the media universe

(Newser) - Reaction to William Barr's appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee is no calmer than anything else these days. "He must resign as attorney general," states NBC News analyst Mimi Rocah. "William Barr torched his reputation," cries the Washington Post . On the other side: "No,...

'I Didn't Exonerate': Barr Goes Before the Senate

Attorney general appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee

(Newser) - Into the lion's den. Attorney General William Barr is now appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in what is the first time he is facing lawmakers' questions since he released the Mueller report. A couple hours in, the AP reports that "private tensions between Justice Department leaders and...

Grassley Explains Lack of Women on Judiciary Committee

The veteran senator says it might be 'workload'

(Newser) - "It's a lot of work—maybe they don't want to do it." So says Sen. Chuck Grassley on why the Senate Judiciary Committee that supported Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination had no female Republicans, per the Wall Street Journal . "My chief of staff of...

He Passes: Senate Panel Advances Kavanaugh
Kavanaugh Advances,
but a New Snag Emerges
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Kavanaugh Advances, but a New Snag Emerges

Senate Republicans agree to a one-week delay in floor vote for an FBI investigation

(Newser) - On to the full Senate, eventually. The Judiciary Committee on Friday voted to advance Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination, but not without some last-minute drama and confusion. The panel voted along party lines, 11-10, but just before the roll call, Republican Jeff Flake asked for a one-week delay in...

Kavanaugh's Prospects Just Got Much Brighter

GOP's Jeff Flake will back him, making approval likely in Senate committee Friday afternoon

(Newser) - After Thursday's high drama , the Senate Judiciary Committee looks poised to advance Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination to the full Senate. The vote is scheduled for 1:30pm Eastern, reports NPR . Going into the day, the main suspense had been whether Republican Jeff Flake of Arizona would side...

GOP Is Going Ahead With Friday Vote on Kavanaugh

Jeff Flake says he's still making his mind up

(Newser) - The future of Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination is unclear after Thursday's dramatic hearing —but Republicans still plan to hold a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Friday. GOP Sen. John Cornyn said after a Thursday night meeting that the plan is to hold a vote Friday, paving...

Big Day of Testimony Begins in Senate
Prosecutor to Ford:
'I'm Very Sorry'

Prosecutor to Ford: 'I'm Very Sorry'

Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination hangs in the balance in Senate testimony

(Newser) - She's positive it happened. That's one big theme emerging from Christine Blasey Ford's highly anticipated testimony Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Ford told senators she has no doubt that it was Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh who accosted her on a bed at a party in...

5th Accusation to Hit Kavanaugh Is Recanted

As he calls the 4th 'total Twilight Zone'

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh firmly denied a fourth and a fifth allegation of sexual misconduct—one of which was later recanted—in a Tuesday conference call with Senate Judiciary Committee investigators, according to a transcript released late Wednesday. In one claim, made in an anonymous letter sent to Republican Sen. Cory Gardner,...

Kavanaugh Accuser Submits 4 Affidavits Backing Her Claim

But nominee's lawyer complains Christine Blasey Ford hasn't submitted polygraph

(Newser) - Lawyers for Christine Blasey Ford say they have submitted sworn affidavits to the Senate Judiciary Committee from four people who say she told them she had been assaulted in high school. The four sworn affidavits are among the information the committee is considering on the eve of Ford and Supreme...

GOP Hires Female Prosecutor to Question Ford, Kavanaugh
Senate GOP Hires Woman to
Question Ford, Kavanaugh
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Senate GOP Hires Woman to Question Ford, Kavanaugh

Rachel Mitchell has experience prosecuting sex crimes

(Newser) - Brett Kavanaugh and accuser Christine Blasey Ford are expected to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday—but viewers will not see Ford questioned on her sexual assault allegations by the 11-strong, all-male Republican contingent on the committee. Instead, they have hired Rachel Mitchell, an Arizona prosecutor with experience...

Lawyers: Kavanaugh Accuser Has Received Death Threats

She wants an FBI investigation before she testifies

(Newser) - The woman who accuses Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her doesn't want to relive the "traumatic and harrowing incident" until the FBI has carried out an investigation. Lawyers for Christina Blasey Ford released a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday saying an investigation...

Anita Hill to Senate Panel: Don&#39;t Blow It Again
Anita Hill Offers
Advice to Senators

Anita Hill Offers Advice to Senators

Have a neutral investigation done, and don't rush

(Newser) - The Senate Judiciary Committee has invited Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, to testify on Monday . Too soon, writes Anita Hill in the New York Times . In an op-ed offering senators advice on how to proceed from her unique perspective, Hill suggests that senators first employ a neutral,...

Brett Kavanaugh Explains This Viral Moment

Says he didn't recognize Parkland school shooting victim's dad

(Newser) - Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh says he would have shaken the hand of a school shooting victim's father during a break in last week's Senate hearing had he recognized him before being whisked away by security detail. Kavanaugh's explanation for the encounter with Fred Guttenberg, captured in...

Booker Releases New Batch of Kavanaugh Records

He says they raise 'concerning questions' about Supreme Court nominee's honesty

(Newser) - Sen. Cory Booker released a new batch of confidential documents about Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh Wednesday night, even after a conservative judicial group referred his earlier disclosures to the Senate Ethics Committee. The 28 new documents from Kavanaugh's time in the White House counsel's office during the...

On Eve of Hearing, Lawyer Releases 42K Pages on Kavanaugh

Schumer slams 'least transparent SCOTUS process in history'

(Newser) - Tuesday is the first day of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh—but only those who were able to review 42,000 pages of documents overnight will be fully prepared, according to Sen. Chuck Schumer. The Senate minority leader blasted the "absurd" process Monday night...

McConnell Won't Let Senate Vote on Bill to Safeguard Mueller

His reasoning is that it's unnecessary

(Newser) - "I'm the one who decides what we take to the floor," Mitch McConnell said Tuesday in a Fox News interview during which he explained that bipartisan legislation intended to safeguard special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Trump won't make the cut. "We...

Questioning of Judicial Nominee Does Not Go Well

Matthew Petersen struggles with some of the basics

(Newser) - The confirmation hearing of a judicial nominee is getting way more attention than such a hearing typically would, for the wrong reasons. Matthew Petersen is a lawyer on the Federal Election Committee, but he has no trial experience, notes the Washington Post . That fact caught the attention of GOP Sen....

Trump Judicial Pick Made 'Glaring Omission'

He failed to mention wife is a White House lawyer

(Newser) - One of President Trump's nominee for a federal judgeship is taking flak from Democrats for failing to mention a potential conflict of interest—the fact that his wife, Ann Donaldson, is one of Trump's senior White House lawyers. Brett Talley failed to mention in the Senate questionnaire for...

DOJ: Sessions May Appoint Special Counsel for Clinton

Attorney general wants federal prosecutors to 'evaluate certain issues'

(Newser) - Attorney General Jeff Sessions is leaving open the possibility that a special counsel could be appointed to look into Clinton Foundation dealings and an Obama-era uranium deal , the Justice Department said Monday. In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee, the Justice Department said Sessions had directed senior federal prosecutors...

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