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Old 09-29-2018, 03:22 PM   #41
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Rod Rosenstein is not acting director of anything. He is deputy attorney general. There is a director of the FBI, Christopher Wray. Rod Rosenstein will have nothing to do with this investigation.

I stand corrected.

Yet, I believe the justice department and the FBI have a symbiotic relationship via mutualism. Further, Trump has insulted and cast aspersions on so many American institutions that involve justice and national security, their team leaders tend to blur for me.
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Shocked? Not shocked.

White House limits scope of the FBI's investigation into the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/pol...-brett-n915061

Trump told FBI it can’t seek records of when Mark Judge worked at grocery store that would confirm Blasey Ford account

https://www.rawstory.com/2018/09/tru...y-ford-report/
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Senator Jeff Merkeley (D- Oregon) filed suit in Federal District Court to stop the SCJ Nomination process on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018.

Not sure if my state Democratic Senator's actions will be taken seriously, but Merkeley does make an point about senators not being able to have complete access to Kava-Not's records (which go as far back as the Bush administration, etc).

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"Americans deserve a justice whose lifetime appointment is not tainted by political gamesmanship and whose appointment comes after full release and examination of his records," declared Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, which is representing Merkley, along with the firm Mehri & Skalet.

"We are witnessing a U.S. Supreme Court nomination process that, from its onset, is an executive branch power grab giving the president unchecked authority over choosing this important lifetime appointment without a vigorous review of the nominee's records," she added. "At every turn, this process has been one shrouded in secrecy and is discordant with the process as laid out in the Constitution" ~ Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyer's Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.
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After Latest Sexual Assault Allegation, Sen. Merkley Announces Lawsuit Against McConnell and Trump to Halt Kavanaugh Nomination
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I am listening to Amy Goodman on Democracy Now news cast online and followed journalistic endeavors, all weekend long, to give those who know this SCJ candidate and spent countless hours of time with Kava-Not at Yale social gatherings, which included snapshot accounts of the candidate's conduct.

Kava-Not apparently has an long established conduct record which is opposite of what he has stated under oath.


None of the people who have come forward with information about Kava-Not has anything to gain politically, other than to present accurate accounts of his prior behaviors concerning sexual assault, drinking behaviors, bullying behaviors, behaviors that do not exemplify what is expected of candidates who seek executive branch seats of power (in this case, it's the Supreme Court Justice).

I think there is ample evidence to impeach Kava-Not from his seat of power as an Federal District Court Judge, as well as to stop the SCJ nomination too, based on committing perjury under oath.

On one hand, we have clear examples of Democracy in action when people speak up and participate in democratic ways. We have Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, then two or three other women who came forward to speak to the manner in which they spoke to behaviors which are connected to the case of sexual assault behaviors (etc). On top of the sexual assault discovery, we also have evidence entered into the public realm which speaks to the fact that Kava-Not is lying about his drinking behaviors, to the extent that, separate from situations of sexual assault, one man came forward to state that at an certain party, Kava-Not was so drunk that the incident escalated into an kerfuffle (of bar room brawl drama) which led to one of that specific group of friends being jailed.... when it was Kava-Not who landed the punches and walked away without consequences for his behavioral choices.


As far as I can see, Kava-Not has basically bullied his way to power. Kava-Not has not been held accountable for his long practiced ability to lie, lie, lie about anything X, Y or Z.


I worry, like many other's I imagine, that if the corrupt GOP confirm Kava-Not in light of serious, egregious sets of behaviors set forth in the Senate Judiciary Committee time-line of events, which goes back as far as Kava-Not's college days at Yale and from there forward, then indeed, an grave injustice will be committed against the will of the American people and an irreversible threat to what shreds of democracy exist in the wake of an corrupt Supreme Court Justice nomination process.



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For those interested in listening and viewing today's news broadcast by Amy Goodman @ Democracy Now, here's an link to headline news from earlier this morning concerning Kava-Not's track record on the DC Circuit Court:

Report Finds Judge Kavanaugh Ruled Against Public Interest in Almost All of His District Court Cases
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This man is so obviously a creep and a lied within minutes. Not to mention his childish behavior. You never see RBG on TV crying and screaming like a maniac! The coverage was exhausting.
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Brett taught a class at Harvard <<< they fired him maybe because 1 of his best friends confirmed Brett's alcohol behavior in college.
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There's not much new I can add toward the ongoing conversation about the Kava-Not hearings, except to say that since yesterday, the ACLU finally came forward formally to oppose the nomination of Kava-Not to the seat of the SCJ (Today's News Cast is found here).

In today's news broadcast by Democracy Now, anchors Amy Goodman and Juan Gonzales presented an extensive compelling news interview with Bill Bardot (Bardot organized the GeorgeTown Prep Petition) to include people who knew Kava-Not back then and may have credible information pertaining to allegations presented in the ongoing Senate Committee Nomination Hearings. (Video Link Here).

Yesterday, Democracy Now featured an "Web Exclusive" interview: An compelling interview with Lisa Graves (Link to part 1 and part 2 video interview found here).

Graves, Former Chief Counsel for Nominations for the Ranking Members for the Senate Judiciary Committee and Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Dept. Of Justice, penned an explosive Op-Ed in the publication titled Slate (see link to article below) attesting to the fact that Kava-Not lied about documents stolen from the server, documents with protected status as to not compromise formal proceedings back in 2004 and again in 2006. Kava-Not denied twice to the current Senate Committee about his role in the stolen documents. Graves is calling for the impeachment of Kava-Not, based on the fact that he is lying, keeps lying, etc. Graves Op-Ed speaks for itself (Link to article found here)



I'm glad that key people have stepped forward to offer valid, credible information which reveals the breadth and depth of deception, out right lies and unethical behaviors of Kava-Not:

I believe Lisa Graves.

I believe Bill Bardot.

I believe Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.




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(IMHO)
The trouble with high ranking politicians, judges or celebrities who suffer from problems with alcohol or drug addiction is that privacy or anonymity might be dicey in groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.
Because all 12-step groups contain new members, they may not have learned the essential need for anonymity in the programs.
If they enter either program with serious money issues or remaining addictions, seeing a high profile member in the group may be seen as easy money, ripe for the picking. One call to a tabloid rag, accompanied with one easy to snatch cell phone picture could be worth thousands of dollars to a rat.
I think it's the reason George W. Bush never received treatment for his alleged alcoholism, and the same goes for Judge Budweiser.
If Bush truly did go cold turkey without a program, he was presiding over the executive branch as a dry drunk. Rumor has it he never went totally dry, but those allegations have not been proven. Regardless, Google, "dry drunk" and check out the symptoms.
As for Judge Budweiser, I suspect he won't be confirmed to the SCOTUS, but if he is, I pray that voters will change the make-up of the legislature from a GOP to a Democratic majority, at which point, everything Trump has fucked up can be erased like an Etch-a-Sketch.
Please vote on Nov. 6, or earlier if your country offers it.
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* The UK's problem is that we have the second best government that money can buy. Sadly,our Tory party seem to be doing their best to try to be as awful as Trump. Luckily, they're not quite managing it.[/QUOTE]

Not to worry, dear, if they collected every nutcase who's ever served in the Parliament, they could never match Trump for sheer batshit craziness.
He's like a toddler with ADD and ADHD from the waist up. From the waist down, he's the reason Viagra was a terrible idea. His lemming followers will wind up on the wrong side of history; many won't be re-elected because they enabled the Russian puppet to wreak havoc on America for such a long time. It's been an awful ordeal, but I suspect special prosecutor Robert Mueller will pounce on November 7 or 8--the moment election results come in.
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It's looking better for Kavanaugh. If the FBI only interviewed nine witnesses, there might not be much there. The question now is can Flake and Murkowski stand up to the pressure? Collins will vote to confirm. I feel sure of it. There's definitely no smoking gun, nothing to shame regular Republicans into not voting for Kavanaugh. And the son of a bitch is now a folk hero among the base. Well, it will be bad if he's confirmed, but it might further energize Democratic voters to get out on November 6th. Not much solace for having such a malevolent crackpot on the Court.
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It's looking better for Kavanaugh. If the FBI only interviewed nine witnesses, there might not be much there. The question now is can Flake and Murkowski stand up to the pressure? Collins will vote to confirm. I feel sure of it. There's definitely no smoking gun, nothing to shame regular Republicans into not voting for Kavanaugh. And the son of a bitch is now a folk hero among the base. Well, it will be bad if he's confirmed, but it might further energize Democratic voters to get out on November 6th. Not much solace for having such a malevolent crackpot on the Court.
I don't know if your hunch is right or not, because the news changes as often as Trump changes his mind.
It may sound nuts, but my theory is the GOP leaders are banking on Flake and Murkowski to fall on the GOP sword and vote no on Kavanaugh to allow the rest of the party to save face with those creepy base Trump supporters.
I think any sentient human who watched even a few minutes of Kavanaugh's epic meltdown, with the sobbing and lipping off to Senators, knew he was ineligible via temperament and partisan bias alone to take any seat on any bench, much less the Supreme Court.
Then when Sen. Klobuchar started grilling him about his drinking and possible blackouts, his defensiveness was outrageous-- right of Shakespeare. I think that was the end of it for him.
But because the entire GOP legislature seems to be afraid of arousing Trump's volcanic fury, I think they are stuck pretending to want what Trump wants, without noticing that Trump has lost interest in the guy. You think Trump respects a man who cries over his drinking-- in public? i think Trump likes he-man dictator/tyrant types, not weak little crybabies who went to Yale. Your thoughts?
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Collins is saying the investigation was "thorough" and Flake saying there is no corroborating evidence - all of which I think is complete bullshit. It wasn't thorough and was severely limited in scope. So all the "undecideds" needed was a very flimsy - and may I say trumped up excuse - to vote yes. The whole thing was a complete sham.

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Here is what I think about the Kava-Not situation, as it stands currently:


We have an group of megalomaniac proportioned individuals who have sat for years as reigning GOP senators, who espouse the values of antithetical means (ie, the very embodiment of anything that directly opposes the common good for every person - locally, nationally, globally).

We (the general we) have seen credible professional individuals take an stand and act in ways which exposes the bald faced lies purported and supported by law makers; credible news agencies airing first hand accounts in opposition to seating Kava-Not as an SCJ, which the FBI limited "investigation" has not given priority to (example: interviewing credible leads which expose Kava-Not for lies other's already know he has committed, etc). We have the Press to thank for showing leadership in standards of accountability. So far as I can see, we don't have any reason to value any 'report' or 'investigative results' via an tersely limited scope of an so-called independent investigation performed by the FBI.


What I see is an grave injustice being committed against the will of the people (…).






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I don't know if your hunch is right or not, because the news changes as often as Trump changes his mind.
It may sound nuts, but my theory is the GOP leaders are banking on Flake and Murkowski to fall on the GOP sword and vote no on Kavanaugh to allow the rest of the party to save face with those creepy base Trump supporters.
I think any sentient human who watched even a few minutes of Kavanaugh's epic meltdown, with the sobbing and lipping off to Senators, knew he was ineligible via temperament and partisan bias alone to take any seat on any bench, much less the Supreme Court.
Then when Sen. Klobuchar started grilling him about his drinking and possible blackouts, his defensiveness was outrageous-- right of Shakespeare. I think that was the end of it for him.
But because the entire GOP legislature seems to be afraid of arousing Trump's volcanic fury, I think they are stuck pretending to want what Trump wants, without noticing that Trump has lost interest in the guy. You think Trump respects a man who cries over his drinking-- in public? i think Trump likes he-man dictator/tyrant types, not weak little crybabies who went to Yale. Your thoughts?
I dunno, Wheat, I hear what you're saying but I'm not sure so much matters to Trump right now. He's more concerned with getting a lackey on the SC bench to protect himself from impeachment/legal prosecution and Robert Mueller. Trump gives not a whit, or any real respect, for anyone except himself (I happen to think he is completely devoid of any kind of self respect, too). He'd tolerate, admire or befriend a million weak, sniveling, sobbing crybabies if he thought it would get him out of his "tight" with Mueller. Yeah, he's just that pathetic.

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Trump attacked and mocked Ford. He ridiculed a sexual assault victim. The crowd chanted "lock her up". They laughed with Trump. They laughed at her.

Trump sympathized with Kavanaugh.

"Trump also expressed sympathy for Kavanaugh, casting him as a victim of false allegations whose life had been ruined as a result. The judge's "life is in tatters. A man's life is shattered. His wife is shattered, his daughters," Trump told the crowd. The president also emphasized that he does not view himself as advocating for Kavanaugh for personal reasons."

Trump then went on to warn everyone about false allegations against men.

This is not the actions of a man who wants nothing to do with Kavanaugh.

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Yup... and worse yet... I heard this morning that the Republicans have gotten energized too so the midterms may not swing the Dems way as it was looking a few weeks ago. F*ck!


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It's looking better for Kavanaugh. If the FBI only interviewed nine witnesses, there might not be much there. The question now is can Flake and Murkowski stand up to the pressure? Collins will vote to confirm. I feel sure of it. There's definitely no smoking gun, nothing to shame regular Republicans into not voting for Kavanaugh. And the son of a bitch is now a folk hero among the base. Well, it will be bad if he's confirmed, but it might further energize Democratic voters to get out on November 6th. Not much solace for having such a malevolent crackpot on the Court.
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I've heard the same things. I have this pain in my side that says the POS is going to be confirmed.

Heard too yearly this week... wish I could recall who said it... that the Supreme Court was the last bastion of non-partisanship in the U.S. government … now that's gone too.


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Collins is saying the investigation was "thorough" and Flake saying there is no corroborating evidence - all of which I think is complete bullshit. It wasn't thorough and was severely limited in scope. So all the "undecideds" needed was a very flimsy - and may I say trumped up excuse - to vote yes. The whole thing was a complete sham.

If it turns out I am wrong I will be overjoyed.
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I've heard the same things. I have this pain in my side that says the POS is going to be confirmed.

Heard too yearly this week... wish I could recall who said it... that the Supreme Court was the last bastion of non-partisanship in the U.S. government … now that's gone too.
I think my prognostcating efforts are going increasingly out of whack.
Perhaps I need to go on a strict news diet, where I avoid it entirely and instead watch old reruns of Bob Ross's Joy of Painting show. When he uses huge house painting brushes to pound fluffy little clouds onto friendly little skies, it never fails to make me laugh.
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I think my prognostcating efforts are going increasingly out of whack.
Perhaps I need to go on a strict news diet, where I avoid it entirely and instead watch old reruns of Bob Ross's Joy of Painting show. When he uses huge house painting brushes to pound fluffy little clouds onto friendly little skies, it never fails to make me laugh.
if u put all Bob Ross' paintings in a row and run past them it will look like "Make America Great Again" lolol all kidding aside ~ seeing threw his eyes bring back a feeling of content.
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