Good Wednesday morning.
Here is what's on the president's agenda today:
- The president participates in a bilateral meeting with the prime minister of the State of Israel
- President Trump participates in a United Nations Security Council briefing on counterproliferation
- The president participates in a bilateral meeting with the prime minister of Japan
- President Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with the prime minister of the United Kingdom
- The president hosts a press conference
- President Trump participates in a dinner with supporters
Gettin' ready for the Thursday Kavanaugh inquisition
Is this Ford accuser lady going to show up or not? I don't think she will and even DiFi doesn't know. DiFI is upset because the Senate Judiciary Committee is finally acting like these newly discovered victims are a stalling mechanism so the committee won't move forward and have scheduled a vote. The Democrats are upset because they want to stall. They want to stall by demanding the FBI investigate non-specific, hazy allegations even though the FBI doesn't investigate sexual assaults. Here's a call for the FBI to investigate . And another one.
But, as Joe Biden told us all in 1991, “The next person who refers to an FBI report as being worth anything obviously doesn’t understand anything. The FBI explicitly does not in this or any other case reach a conclusion … period. So, judge, there is no reason why you should know this. The reason why we cannot rely on the FBI report — you wouldn’t like it if we did, because it is inconclusive.”
Back to DiFi: “For Republicans to schedule a Friday vote on Brett Kavanaugh today, two days before Dr. Blasey Ford has had a chance to tell her story, is outrageous,” Feinstein said in a statement. “First Republicans demanded Dr. Blasey Ford testify immediately. Now Republicans don’t even need to hear her before they move ahead with a vote.”
All this from the woman who hid these accusations for weeks and weeks. How important was it for people to hear these accusations when you were sitting on them?
The Senate Judiciary GOPers have hired a lady to interview accuser Ford
Mitchell, a career prosecutor from Maricopa County, Arizona, will be interviewing Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, a professor who accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were high school students in suburban Maryland.
"The majority members have followed the bipartisan recommendation to hire as staff counsel for the committee, an experienced career sex-crimes prosecutor to question the witnesses at Thursday’s hearing," Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a statement released Tuesday night. "The goal is to de-politicize the process and get to the truth, instead of grandstanding and giving senators an opportunity to launch their presidential campaigns. I’m very appreciative that Rachel Mitchell has stepped forward to serve in this important and serious role.
"Ms. Mitchell has been recognized in the legal community for her experience and objectivity," Grassley continued. 'I've worked to give Dr. Ford an opportunity to share serious allegations with committee members in any format she’d like after learning of the allegations."
Grassley has gone out of his way to accommodate this woman and now, the Democrats won't get the precious optics of a bunch of old, wrinkled white guys questioning a victimized woman.
Rosenstein: how much longer will he have a job?
Tomorrow, Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will meet with President Trump. The meeting will take place after we were told (false alarm?) that Rosenstein had resigned to Chief of Staff Kelly or that he was on his way to the WH to resign. Will Trump fire him tomorrow? The controversial Rosenstein got in some hot water when a report from the New York Times claimed he offered to wear a wire to gather evidence against Trump to pull a 25th amendment and get rid of him. But Trump might keep him around. (NO, NO, NO. Get rid of him.)
President Trump has reportedly told advisers that he is considering keeping Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on the job, after reports on Monday said Rosenstein was expecting to be fired.
The Wall Street Journal, citing people close to the president with knowledge of the situation, reported Tuesday that Trump is "conflicted" about the possibility of firing the No. 2 Department of Justice (DOJ) official.
Get over it and toss this guy, he's bad news.
Meanwhile, the House Freedom Caucus is demanding that Rosenstein come to Congress and testify.
"We took an official position that Rod Rosenstein needs to come in and testify before the Judiciary Committee within the week or he should resign," HFC Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told The Hill on Tuesday evening, adding that he believes "hearings without consequences are a waste of the American taxpayer dollars."
Meadows said he's discussed their call for a hearing with top Republicans in the House, which was met with mixed feedback.
"I approached it with leadership," he continued. "Obviously there are some leadership that are supportive, there are some there are cautious and I think the American people demand action."
Bring it on, freak shows. Steyer would shift funds to Senate races if Rosenstein fired, Kavanaugh confirmed
Historical picture of the day
And that's all I've got, now go beat back the angry mob!
It's pushing midnight here in Central Europe, but one final observation before lights out:
Trump press conference happening now.
He called Michael Avenatti a "low life," saying, "you can't get much worse." Fact Check: True.
And yes, I swear this happened. Jim Acosta said he wanted a woman to ask a question, and then he went on to ask a question himself...
Kirchick is no Trump fan, btw:
This is a point that can't be hammered home enough. The MSM really all believe themselves to still be impartial journalists. It's a state of mass delusion that is easy to keep going because they cocoon themselves in ideological homogeneity. They keep telling each other they're doing God's work so it must be true.
When actually confronted with an alternate reality, they quickly demonize the person presenting it and retreat to the cocoon to have their biases reaffirmed.
The Founding Fathers are weeping.
As Deb noted, Kavanaugh has denied the new allegations. He said they were from the "Twilight Zone."