Good Tuesday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president addresses the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly
- President Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with the president of the Republic of Colombia
- President Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with the secretary general of the United Nations
- The president participates in a working luncheon hosted by the secretary general of the United Nations
- President Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with the president of the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly
- The president participates in the Security Council Presidency Reception
Yesterday was a busy day with plenty of hand-wringing and grandstanding and finger-wagging and fist-shaking.
First, Brett Kavanaugh and his wife were interviewed by Martha MacCallum last night -- you can watch that below.
I think the interview was pretty good and you have to cringe inside when Kavanaugh starts talking about how he was a virgin in high school and college; it's really just sad what this man has to do to "prove" himself innocent. (Will the left be adopting this new paradigm for all criminal justice cases, where the accused has to prove he/she is innocent? Where is the ACLU on this?) MacCallum really pushed him to talk about the political nature of the harassment claims, but he was careful not to bite.
Now the lawyer for Kavanaugh accuser Ford is objecting to certain features of the testimony scheduled for Thursday. (True story, Bromwich is also McCabe's lawyer. Small anti-Trump world, isn't it?)
Michael R. Bromwich, a lawyer for Ford, said in a letter to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, that the plan for Thursday's public hearing "does not appear designed to provide Dr. Blasey Ford with fair and respectful treatment."
The letter casts some doubt on the deal Ford's team made with Senate Judiciary leaders to appear at a hearing on Thursday.
Of particular concern was the Judiciary GOPers' plan to use a female lawyer skilled in interviewing sex crime victims to interview the accuser. Seems like a smart idea, doesn't it? Seems thoughtful and respectful, right?
Bromwich in the letter pointed to the hiring of "an unnamed 'experienced sex crimes prosecutor,'" warning it could help turn the Judiciary Committee hearing into a "circus."
"[It] is contrary to the Majority's repeated emphasis on the need for the Senate and this Committee's members to fulfill their constitutional obligations. It is also inconsistent with your stated wish to avoid a “circus,” as well as Dr. Blasey Ford’s repeated requests through counsel that senators conduct the questioning," Bromwich wrote.
"This is not a criminal trial for which the involvement of an experienced sex crimes prosecutor would be appropriate. Neither Dr. Blasey Ford nor Judge Kavanaugh is on trial. The goal should be to develop the relevant facts, not try a case," he continued.
You know what it also sounds like? Like this lady and her lawyer don't really want to testify at all. What are the odds this actually happens on Thursday (tell me in the comments or tweet at me). As of today, I'm betting less than 50%.
Senate GOPers also say a vote for Kavanaugh could come as early as this week. Meanwhile, creepy porn lawyer Michael Avenatti continues to agitate from the fringes. "Let me just be really clear about something," Avenatti said in an interview with CNN on Monday night. "They know that I do not traffic in rumor and nonsense. I state facts and I have evidence to back it up. I would not make these allegations lightly."
"I’m highly confident in the accusations that are going to be made by my client," Avenatti said. "As it relates to the woman whose name will be publicly disclosed, multiple security clearances have been issued by the federal government."
Creepy porn lawyer promises his client will come forward in the next 48 hours. What serious person would hire Avenatti? Hard to imagine so I can't wait to find out.
Rosenstein resigns. Wait, no he doesn't
What a bummer this turned out to be. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was rumored to have resigned yesterday or was rumored to have resigned on the phone to Chief of Staff Kelly or he was on his way to the WH to resign or some other story the media was all ecstatic about before it turned to be a dud. That's our media, always reporting the truth. Not so fast.
Indeed Rosenstein had already offered Kelly his resignation on Friday after The New York Times reported that he had suggested secretly recording President Donald Trump and discussed an effort to oust Trump from office via the 25th Amendment. And as he pulled up to the White House on Monday morning -- still the deputy attorney general, his resignation pending -- he expected he would leave a private citizen, fired by President Donald Trump.
So dumbass Rosenstein didn't know Trump was in New York at the UN so he wasn't at the WH to fire him? This whole thing smells really fishy. Trump and Rosenstein are going to meet on Thursday, when I hope President Trump fires him and then has him arrested for his part in the FBI/DOJ coup. Remember Rosenstein signed one of the FISA warrants full of lies. Say, was Rosenstein involved in the Uranium One "investigation"?
Andy McCarthy has a great piece on Rosenstein that is worth reading in its entirety, "Rod Rosenstein's Resistance." Go read it and come back here.
Historical picture of the day:
You will be made to care Ted Cruz heckled by protesters in DC restaurant: video
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!
Is McConnell working a little magic?
The Judiciary Committee has reset the vote on Kavanaugh for this Friday, the day after Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford are due to testify before the committee.
Facebook has removed about a dozen liberal and conservative pages because they violate their anti-spamming policy.
Apparently, all the pages are connected to Laura Ingraham's Lifezette.com.
All of the removed pages had recently, and almost exclusively, been promoting links to LifeZette.com, the conservative website founded by Fox News host Laura Ingraham. It was sold last year to Canadian billionaire Daryl Katz, though Ingraham maintains a minority stake in the company, according to CNN. LifeZette's content continues to be heavily promoted on Ingraham’s social media accounts. (Her Facebook page and the main LifeZette page were not removed by Facebook. The company did not respond to requests for comment.)
The removals come as Facebook says it is in the midst of stepped-up efforts to detect possible policy violations on political pages in advance of the midterms. The takedowns deal a huge blow to a group of once-prominent hyperpartisan publishers on Facebook, and reinforces how much that business has declined since 2016 thanks to algorithm changes and heightened policy enforcement by the social network.
Last week, BuzzFeed News noticed that the now-removed pages had suddenly started sharing LifeZette.com content. LifeZette’s right-leaning stories were even being promoted on liberal Facebook pages such as Truth Examiner.
A Facebook spokesperson confirmed the coordinated sharing activity across pages helped trigger the review and ultimate removal of the pages.
“Our systems detected a set of Pages with administrators who were using fake accounts and violating our spam policies,” the spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. “We've reviewed and removed accounts and Pages associated with this activity."
This is the definition of "fake news," not news that reflects badly on Trump or the Democrats.
There are probably hundreds of similar spam sites out there. While the motive appears to be an effort to monetize a website, more nefarious motives can easily be imagined.
The Bee comes through again: