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The Morning Briefing: Strzok Grilled on the Hill Today and Much, Much More

Peter Strzok walks to gives a deposition before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Good Thursday morning.

Here is what's on the President's agenda today:

  • The president participates in a multilateral meeting of the North Atlantic Council with Georgia and Ukraine
  • President Trump participates in a multilateral meeting of the North Atlantic Council with Resolute Support operational partner nations
  • The president departs the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Headquarters en route to Melsbroek Air Base
  • President Trump and the first lady participate in a meet and greet at the U.S. Embassy in London
  • The president and the first lady depart London, England, United Kingdom en route to Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
  • President Trump and the first lady attend a gala dinner, Oxfordshire, England

Trump SCOTUS pick Kavanaugh scandals surface

We made it through the second day of the post-Kavanaugh SCOTUS announcement event and the media have been hard at work destroying the new nominee. They have unearthed two "scandals" for your consideration.

The first is that the degenerate judicial nominee described himself as the treasurer of the "Keg City Club — 100 Kegs or Bust" club in high school. (I was secretary of the strawberry Boone's Farm club and co-founder of the Bartles & Jaymes wine cooler alliance so I know about such organizations.)

AND IT GETS WORSE. "Judge Brett Kavanaugh's entry also included references to the 'Beach Week Ralph Club' and 'Rehoboth Police Fan Club.'"

"He was more mature than the rest of us," childhood friend Scott McCaleb said of Kavanaugh in high school. "He was always the guy who was going home to do his homework." He sounds like a monster.

The second scandal is that Kavanaugh blew cash money on baseball and went into debt to do so.

Brett Kavanaugh's financial disclosure forms that are available for review show he reported up to $200,000 in debt he piled up on three credit cards — Chase, Bank of America and USAA — and a loan by the year 2016.

The Washington Post quoted White House spokesman Raj Shah as saying that Kavanaugh built up the debt by buying Washington Nationals season tickets and also attending playoff games for himself and a “handful” of friends. Shah said some of the debts were also for home improvements, the Post reported.

Kavanaugh's financial disclosures show that he either paid off the debt or that the amount he owed fell below federal financial reporting guidelines. Shah told the Postthat Kavanaugh’s friends reimbursed him for their share of the baseball tickets and that the judge has since stopped buying season tickets.

Horrifying stuff, simply horrifying.

Related:

The left is outraged over a WaPost piece humanizing Judge Kavanaugh

Trump admin tightens asylum threshold

The Trump administration has released new asylum guidelines "that will result in potentially thousands of asylum seekers being turned away before they can plead their case in court."