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Fresh update on "judiciary" discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
"Lo see Immediate review of Security infrastructure interagency process is And command and control. Your after action report is expected in the aftermath of the January 6th riot is thousands of National Guard troops are now deployed to protect the federal district during next week's inauguration. I think in this case Redundancy. May be necessary not too much. But enough FBI is warning of armed protests around the country. In the lead up to the inauguration on Capitol Hill, Jered Halpern Fox knew the Pentagon confirms it's completed the drawdown of U. S forces in Afghanistan ordered months ago by President Trump. Now just 2500 troops remain in country. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham is released a stack of previously classified documents from the FBI's Trump Russia probe, calling the operation one of the most incompetent and corrupt investigations in the history of the FBI and the Department of Justice. No winner in that $750 million Mega millions jackpot last night 850 million in Tuesday's jackpot. Lights. Powerball of poultry. 640 million. The NFL playoffs resumed today. Green Bay Packers begin their playoff push this afternoon at Lambeau Field, is the top seed team in the NFC host the Los Angeles Rams. The Rams upsetting the Seattle Seahawks in the wild card round to advance they'll have Jared Goff had quarterback today, just weeks after thumb surgery, with John Walford sitting out this one with a neck injury kickoff slated for 4:35 P.m. Eastern. That's followed by an NFC divisional round battle between the Baltimore Ravens and the Buffalo Bills. Lamar Jackson getting that elusive first playoff win last weekend against the Tennessee Titans while the bill's earned their first postseason victory in 25 years over the Indianapolis.
Pelosi tells House: Trump 'must go,' calls him 'clear and present danger to the nation that we all love'
"On the House floor. They're in the final half hour of debate on whether President Trump should be impeached for a second time. Nancy Pelosi was the first to speak. He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation also supporting impeachment. New York Congressman Democrat Gregory Meeks. The cameras of history are rolling. We must act we must in peace. Donald J. Trump to show the world that we will stand for. Most Republicans have expressed opposition Georgia's Andrew Clyde. My Democratic colleagues were serious in their efforts to get to the truth. Would convene the House Judiciary Committee and investigate But they're not one Republican, those speaking in favor of impeachment, Washington's Dan Newhouse, he was critical of the president last week there was a domestic threat at the door of the capital. And he did nothing to stop. The article of impeachment is expected to pass any Senate trial, however, may not come until Mr Trump leaves
Fresh update on "judiciary" discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
"It's the latest when you need it on demand from Fox News and Amazon. Alexa retired U S. Army general has been tasked with leading a review of U. S Capitol Security. Retired Lieutenant General Russel Honore will lead an effort to evaluate Capitol Hill security appointed to that job by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Immediate review. Security, infrastructure, interagency processes and command and control After action report is expected in the aftermath of the January 6th riot is thousands of National Guard troops are now deployed to protect the federal district during next week's inauguration. I think in this case Redundancy. May be necessary not too much. But enough FBI is warning of armed protests around the country in the lead up to the inauguration on Capitol Hill, Jered Halpern Fox News Pentagon confirms it's completed the drawdown of U. S forces in Afghanistan ordered months ago by President Trump. Now just 2500 troops remain in country. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham is released a stack of previously classified documents from the FBI's Trump Russia probe calling the operation one of the most incompetent and corrupt investigations in the history of the FBI and the Department of Justice. The winner and that $750 million Mega Millions jackpot last night 850 million in Tuesday's jackpot. Tonight's Powerball of Paltry 640 million The NFL playoffs resumed today. Green Bay Packers begin Their playoff push this afternoon at Lambeau Field, is the top seed team in the NFC host the Los Angeles Rams, the Rams upsetting the Seattle Seahawks and wild card round to advance they'll have Jared Goff had quarterback today, just weeks after thumb surgery, with John Walford sitting out this one with a neck injury kickoff slated for 4:35 P.m. Eastern. That's followed by an NFC divisional round battle between the Baltimore Ravens and the Buffalo Bills. Lamar Jackson getting that elusive first playoff win last weekend against the Tennessee Titans, while the bill's earned their first postseason victory in 25. Years over.
Pelosi names 9 impeachment managers
"Democratic leadership in the house has unveiled this list of Nine democratic congressmen and women they've assigned to basically the proceedings in in the senate trial. If the president is indeed impeach tomorrow will be the house impeachment managers who essentially prosecute the president before the senate the list that we just got. includes Congressman jamie raskin of maryland congressman diana to get of colorado congressman. David selena island congressman joaquin. Castro of texas congressman. Eric swallow of california congressman. Ted lieu of california representative stacey plastic from the us version islands congressman joe goose of colorado and representative madeleine dean of pennsylvania. Again those house managers for the impeachment. These second impeachment of president trump just name tonight by house democratic leadership joining us now. New york congressman hickey jeffries. Who is chairman of the democratic caucus. He of course served as an impeachment manager reading. they're throwing the first impeachment. Trial is member of the house. Judiciary committee and a senior member leadership congressman jeffries. It's nice to see you. Thank you for being here tonight with rachel. I've been trying to keep our viewers up to date as up to the minute as i can on proceedings and what's happening in congress and what's expected to happen. Is there anything that's evolved late tonight that we should know about what expectations should we set or or do you and your colleagues want to set in terms of what people are gonna see happen late tonight and tomorrow. We moving forward with the fierce urgency of now to bring a ballot one singular objective which is to make sure that donald trump is removed from office expeditiously. Because he's a clear and present danger to the health safety and wellbeing of the american people.
Fresh update on "judiciary" discussed on 77WABC Programming
"News. The Centers for Disease Control, Warning This so called Britain, variants of the Corona virus will likely become the dominant strain in the U. S. In a matter of weeks. This has the potential to increase the current search at a time. The nation's hospitals are already stretched thin Atlanta's majors. Safety Net hospital, Grady Memorial has informed ambulance services It's beds are full and cannot accept additional patients as daily covert patient succeed Peak numbers from last summer, the hospital CEO explains. If admissions continue decline, I worry we will face what hospitals and other states grapple with tough choices on providing care. Fox's Jonathan Serrie has the world passes two million total deaths from the virus. U. S government has reason to believe that several researchers inside China's Wuhan Institute of Urology became sick in the autumn of 2019 months before the first identified case of the outbreak. Symptoms consistent with Cove in 19 State Department also says Wuhan lab researchers conducted experiments on Bath Corona viruses 96% similar to covet. As long as four years ago, President elect elect Biden Friday detailing his plans for an aggressive increase in vaccinations. My first day in office almost struck the federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA. To begin setting up the first of these centers. The end of our first month in office. We'll have 100 federally supported centers across the nation. I will ultimately vaccinate millions of people. The president elect says he'll invoke the Defense production act to get the needed supplies like syringes and sterile wipes. Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Senator Lindsey Graham, releasing a raft of documents and transcripts Friday related to the origins and the aftermath of the Trump Russia probe. Calling the operation one of the most incompetent and corrupt investigations in the history of the DOJ and the FBI. America is listening to Fox News. From the Bucks, News Podcasts Network download and listen to the media buzz meter with Howard Kurtz. Besides was charged with 17 counts of espionage and one of computer misuse over the Wiki leaks publication of those thousands of leaked military and diplomatic documents, his lawyers say. Oh, he's acting as a journalist. I'd like to see that testimony corner never regarded you leave a sign that the journalist I don't think it takes the precautions that journalists do think he just tries to do damage.
New York State Bar Association Seeks Giuliani Ban Over ‘Combat’ Remarks
"Bar Association is thinking about expelling Rudolph Giuliani over his remarks at that Trump rally in Washington last week before the U. S Capitol was stormed. Being removed from the association is not the same thing as being disbarred and banned from practicing law. In a statement, the Bar association said Giuliani's words quite clearly were intended to encourage Trump supporters unhappy with the election's outcome. To take matters into their own hands, Unquote. Congressman Mondor Jones, who represents Rocklin. Said in a statement. Giuliani is an embarrassment to attorneys everywhere. Brad oilman who chairs TheStreet. Eight Senate Judiciary Committee has made a formal request to the States Court system to start the process of taking Giuliani's law license away. And Middlebury College in Vermont is weighing whether to revoke an honorary degree given to Giuliani back in 2005.
Fresh update on "judiciary" discussed on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory
"Fox's Jonathan Serrie has the world passes two million total deaths from the virus. The U. S government has reason to believe that several researchers inside China's Wuhan Institute of Urology Became sick in the autumn of 2019 months before the first identified case of the outbreak. Their symptoms consistent with covert 19 State Department also says Wuhan lab researchers Conducting experiments on Bath Corona viruses 96% similar to Cove it as long as four years ago. President elect elect Biden Friday detailing his plans for an aggressive increase in vaccinations. My first day in office always struck the federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA. Began setting up the first of these centers. The end of our first month in office. We'll have 100 federally supported centers across the nation. Will ultimately vaccinate millions of people. The president elect says he'll invoke the Defense production act to get the needed supplies like syringes and sterile wife's Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Senator Lindsey Graham, releasing a raft of documents and transcripts Friday related to the origins and the aftermath of the Trump Russia probe. Calling the operation one of the most incompetent and corrupt investigations in the history of the DOJ and the FBI. America is listening to Fox News. From the Bucks, News Podcasts Network download and listen to the media buzz meter with Howard Kurtz. Assad was charged with 17 counts of espionage and one of computer misuse over the Wiki leaks publication of those thousands of leaked military and diplomatic documents, his lawyer, so he's acting as a journalist. I'd like to see that testimony Court of never regarded you leave aside the journalist. I don't think it takes the precautions that journalists do, but he just tries to do.
Trump may face 2nd impeachment after deadly Washington, DC riot
"Less than two weeks to go before President Trump leaves office, Democrats in the House are still moving to impeach him for his role in inciting the mop that attacked the capital. Majority Whip James Clyburn of South Carolina, said today that they do plan to take a vote this week with a single article of impeachment being introduced on the House floor tomorrow. It can go directly to the floor and it may not go through the regular will be called regular water through maybe the Judiciary Committee. So it may be Tuesday, Wednesday before action is taken, but I think it will be taken this week. However, Clyburn also tells CNN state State of the union that House Democrats may wait to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate until after President elect Joe Biden takes office and installs key members of his administration.
GOP senator: Trump 'committed impeachable offenses'
"Appears to be growing for a push to impeach President Trump again. In an interview today with Fox News, Republican Senator Pat Toomey said he believes President Trump has committed impeachable offenses tonight. We're gonna give you both sides of the story. California Democratic Congressman Ted Lieu says 180 lawmakers have co sponsor an article of impeachment drafted yesterday. He says House judiciary members will introduce the legislation on Monday. While some Republicans have called for the president's removal from office. Many GOP lawmakers are not expected to vote to impeach the president. Majority leader Mitch McConnell adjourn the Senate until at least January 19th, meaning it's highly unlikely that the Senate will take up the articles on the floor before President elect Biden's inauguration. According to our news nation research team. Impeachment could have major implications on the president's ability to run for office again if he chooses to do so in 2024. Article one Section three of the Constitution says If a president is impeached and convicted, the Senate can disqualify him or her from future office. However, it would come down to what happens in the Senate Senators have never convicted. Or removed as sitting president from office.
Iraq issues arrest warrant for Trump over Soleimani killing
"Iraq's judiciary says an arrest warrant has been issued for outgoing president Donald Trump in connection with the killing of an Iranian general and the powerful Iraqi militia leader last year the warrant was issued by judging by that's investigative court tossed with probing the Washington directed drone strike that killed the general Qassem Soleimani and Abu Mahdi al Muhandis they were killed outside the capital's airport loss January of my hand this was a deputy leader of the state sanctioned popular mobilization forces an umbrella group composed of an array of militias including Iran backed groups formed to fight the Islamic state group soleil money headed the expedition cubs force of Iran's revolutionary guard corps I'm in Zaria shockingly
Iran general warns US: Military ready to respond to pressure
"As the days of president trump's administration begin to wane tensions between Tehran and Washington remain high the top commander of Iran's notorious paramilitary god has said that his country was fully prepared to respond to any U. S. military pressure general Hossein salami speak at the ceremony at Tehran university commemorating the upcoming one year anniversary of the killing of revolutionary guard general Qassem Soleimani by U. S. forces today we have no problem consent I don't retention tool in countering any palace we will give a final words want enemies on the battlefield without mentioning the U. S. directly at the time Iran retaliated by launching a ballistic missile strike on a military base in Iraq the cool spring concussion injuries to about one hundred U. S. troops likewise the head of Iran's judiciary and Brahim racy said all those who had a role in Sunday money's killing will not be able to escape law and justice even if they were U. S. president I'm Karen Thomas
FTC and states sue Facebook, could force it to divest Instagram and WhatsApp
"Ftc is suing facebook along with forty six states attorneys general. This is a huge lawsuit. They contend that. Google or sorry. Facebook made things anti-competitive when they purchased instagram and whatsapp promising to maintain privacy standards but knowingly rooting them over time of obviously facebook purchase instagram and twenty twelve for a billion dollars spent. I think nineteen billion dollars on whatsapp two years later. This is been a longtime coming. There have been whispers of this lawsuit coming for for a long time. In fact facebook has been unifying services. They've unified the back end messaging. Api's for facebook messenger. Instagram and whatsapp. They've launched Both end to end encryption and more robust two factor authentication across all of its services but that was probably to prepare themselves for this exact thing so jerry this is not this is not news to anybody of they have to see Started looking into facebook a year and a half ago there have been finds that the company have had to pay But this is a massive salvo against facebook One of the biggest ad suppliers in the world one of the biggest tech companies in the world one of the big employers in the world. At this point what do you think it says that all of these states are on the same page as the ftc regardless of what side of the aisle they're on. And what does it mean for facebook. Will they actually have to break up from instagram and whatsapp. I think that the states and it's it's great to see that. This is mostly bipartisan. Because you know our government should look out for all of us regardless of what political party we you know. Look too but they they. They've seen enough evidence to convince them that. This really needs investigated. A you know a lot of little things. Add up when the house judiciary was interviewing all. The ceo's a lot of what they had to say zuckerberg was about the instagram acquisition. And how from the outside. It looked like you know facebook. Strong-armed instagram into finally saying yes. That was like a. You know an advertisement for the ftc to look into it and it's good it. It needs to be checked and made sure that facebook is doing the right thing for its customer and even though we don't pay where the customer on the facebook side i don't think they're gonna have to sell off any of these services but if you remember there was google before there was an alphabet and the way they did that was alphabet is a corporation and it has subsidiaries and other corporations under its umbrella so i could see you know a facebook corporation that also has a facebook side and instagram side whatsapp oculus etc. That operate mostly independently. But they're still under the same basic group you know. I don't know what that's called. I'm not a business man. But you know some master that controls all the other groups right umbrella okay. That was right the first time then. Yeah yeah that makes sense. So i guess the question here that that people wanna know is i think we talk about facebook as a direct to consumer company right. They make products that you and i interact with either willingly. Begrudgingly refusing lee. Whatever they also hardware right and they have the portal of the portal smart displays and webcam they make oculus which has become an increasingly vital part of the vr community and facts. The oculus quest to is one of the most popular products. That people are buying this christmas. We know this because we wrote a lot about it over black friday and prime day. We know that it's been sold out for months or it was sold out for months. They got their their their production line up to speed so facebook has a lot of tendrils and a lot of areas of our lives. And as much as i may dislike the core products. I still use instagram. i still use. What's whatsapp and what the fcc. Maintaining here is that facebook bought both of those companies knowing that it would suppress competition in fact. It bought instagram instead of with instagram. And then right after its acquisition. It recognized in whatsapp a rise in user in user stats it. Bought of a vpn called onalfo that would give people basically asked users to install own apple. Gave them free vpn access in exchange for data about what apps they were using. They found out that people were using whatsapp. They then decided to spend a lot of money. Nineteen billion dollars in twenty thousand. Fourteen on whatsapp again. To quash the competition that whatsapp would have been been giving facebook messenger which was a product that facebook was investing a lot in at the time and then over the years. The ftc contends that facebook shutdown api access for companies that had direct comp competitor's products with facebook so they had to sign agreements saying that they would not build directly competitive products if they were integrating into facebook's various. Api's all of that brings us to today where the company is being sued by basically every state in the us and the federal trade commission. This is a bigger deal than google's lawsuit That that the justice department filed against them around search. Explain why that is. They're going after the big guy. The nobody's suing alphabet just because they're alphabet. They're suing the alphabet corporation over. How google handles search. That's one small part that does make a lot of money. It's a big part of the business but it's just one division among many where facebook. It looks like they're just going right at the throat but also what facebook did is more integral to its business and impacts more of his business because since facebook has acquired instagram. And what's up. It's just been pushing and pushing to get all of it together. They want to. They want instagram to become facebook. Which is why they started emerging messaging between all of them and and we want to see. Oh we we hope that they really cook facebook's goose and make him the line that's what we want but you can't really blame facebook. They didn't do anything illegal. What they did may have been unethical. But there are corporation. They did it to make more money and they got away with it because they didn't really break any laws yet now. The ftc is gonna decide if what if they went too far. It was worth the gamble. They probably made a lot of money. Even if they're forced to sell off an asset or diversify and one of the things that. I think a lot of people are not really thinking about from a business perspective. I mean i. I would love to have an instagram without facebook. Integration but one of facebook's i strongest advantages as a as a content platform is even though it's it's had some Some problems with in the past. They have a really really strong team of of content. Moderation you know making sure things that aren't illegal aren't ending up on their services and an just keeping anything that that doesn't follow their guidelines off of their platforms if if instagram twitter from facebook again. They're going to have to basically rebuild their own moderation system from scratch like they're gonna lose everything that facebook has already invested. So much money into right. I that the question though is has facebook even done. it's due diligence. In that area we've had many reports saying that. The companies hired out to third party contractors. Those people have been inundated with horrible and and just traumatic imagery. It had to quit. The companies have had to apologize. They've they've facebook a severed ties with many of these third party. Contractors as results. The the circumstances that you know this is not only facebook's issue we'll talk about google and moderation in a bit but facebook has had to hire thousands of condom moderators because of the scale of its business and the argument here is that would facebook have. It's with the scale of facebook. Be what it is if it hadn't purchase instagram and whatsapp if it had had to develop all these features on their own instead of acquiring these two companies and then really spending as much effort as possible integrating them. So if you're a whatsapp user your inevitably a facebook user if you're an instagram user. Your inevitably a facebook user.
Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani admitted to hospital with Covid-19
"On Chuck's Iverson. The surgeon hospital patients with covert in the US as of now, today includes this very famous one. President Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani was admitted to Georgetown Hospital Sunday in Washington after testing positive for covert 19, according to sources familiar with the matter. It's not exactly clear when Giuliani tested positive or the details of his condition. He was last seen publicly Thursday in Georgia before the States Senate Judiciary Committee where he continued to pursue his claims of election fraud. Only some of the state senators in the room with him warm asks Margaret Malard, ABC News and Thursday,
Trump supporters rally in Atlanta as Georgia Senate Judiciary subcommittee holds hearing on election integrity
"Remains a centerpiece of the election challenges with national attention focused on the state's two Senate runoff election. Supporters of President Trump rallied outside the Georgia capital as the state Senate committee held hearings on election integrity is Georges to Republican U. S. Senators head toward January run offs against Democratic challengers Pro Trump attorney Linwood is trying to pressure them into joining calls for a special session of the state legislature to overturn the results of the presidential election. But South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham says he spoke with the president who says this is a bad idea. Some Republicans fear divisions among conservative voters will give Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff's and advantaged Fox's Jonathan Serie A. Wayne County
Washington DC council member lays out his expectations for new police chief
"For police reform is is spelling spelling out out what what he he wants wants in in a a police police chief chief to to replace replace Peter Peter Newsom, Newsom, who who was was announced announced plans plans to to become become police police chief chief in in Prince Prince William William County County Ward. Ward. Six Six council council member member Charles Charles Allen, Allen, the the chair chair of of the the judiciary judiciary in in Public Public safety safety committee. committee. Says Says the the nation nation is is changing changing and and law law enforcement enforcement in in the the district district must must change change as as well. well. Along Along with with what what the the city city expects expects from from a a police police chief chief Mayor Muriel Bowser has not yet announced to search for a new chief. But Alan says what's needed is to tackle systemic racism that exists in D C and within policing culture, and Alan says a public health approach is what's needed to eliminate violence, particularly on O
Feinstein will not seek Senate Judiciary Committee leadership
"Don't always Senator Dick Durbin says he plans to go for the top Democratic position on the Judiciary Committee. The committee's top Democrat, Dianne Feinstein, says she will not seek the post bail. This 87 year old will remain on the panel. Durban, thank Feinstein for her distinguished leadership and praised her work on gun safety and reproductive
Feinstein will not seek Senate Judiciary Committee leadership
"Senate committee is losing its chair. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, announced Monday that she's stepping down as the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee after groups on the left criticized her handing of Amy Cockney Barrett Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Feinstein came under scathing criticism after she hugged Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham at the end of Barrett's confirmation hearing and praise his handling of it. She sparked outrage on the left after she thank grand For quote. One of the best sets of hearings I've ever participated in and praise or GOP colleagues were fairness and the opportunity of going back and forth Bernie Bennett in Washington, Joe
Feinstein will not seek Senate Judiciary Committee leadership
"Will not be looking to keep her spot is ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee when the next Congress convenes. California senior senator is served in the position since 2017 but had been the target of fire from within her own Democratic Party. After the rushed confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Amy Cockney Barrett. There's no official word on who might replace her. President
Durbin seeks to become top-ranking Democrat on Judiciary panel
"Feinstein, the Democrat from California, was stepping down. As the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee. She was criticized after praising Lindsey Graham's handling of the most recent Supreme Court nomination hearings for Amy Cockney Barrett, and now we're getting word that Senator Durbin, who was ranking third on the committee, says he will seek the ranking position there. He would be ranking behind right now. Feinstein and Patrick Leahy. They both have chaired the committee in the past, so On DIT. Both are quite a bit older than Dick Durbin, Durbin saying Now that he will seek the ranking committee status for the judiciary. Of course,
Michigan's largest county certifies election results
"Largest county certifies election results after the canvassing board. Republicans initially voted against it. Biden is vetting rep deb holland for secretary of the interior giuliani's law license could be in jeopardy. Nancy pelosi secures the nomination for speaker of the house. The trump campaign pays for a partial recount in wisconsin trump's conspiracy theories lose georgia and the house judiciary files to re calendar the more grand jury materials case with supreme court.
Senate Republicans appear to congratulate Kamala Harris in Washington, D.C.
"Kamila Harris back of the nation's capital for the first time in her new role yesterday, casting an important vote and accepting congratulations in some cases from Republicans with more on the incoming V P and other news from the nation's capital. I'm joined by Maybe season as delicate terra. It has come to Harris even got a fist bump or two yesterday. Tell us about her day at the Capitol. Got straight. She did get a few fists on one of them from Senate Judiciary chair Lindsey Graham yesterday as they were quizzing the grilling rather, the big tech CEOs of Twitter and Facebook during that Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. She did return to the capital for the first time as vice president elect, and probably the most interesting thing to come out of that with the fact that she received a classified intelligence briefing in her capacity of senator which is interesting because she So far in her capacity as vice president elect has not been able to receive those briefings because the General Services Administration refuses to recognize her and Joe Biden as the president elected by President elect the General Services Administration being the body that kind of overseas the transition, so because of that, she and Joe Biden have not been able to receive that class of those classified intelligence briefings. But she did get a briefing yesterday in her capacity of Senator is does the GS to act on their own earthy at the behest of the president, who has refused to concede or accept the fact that this is a new administration coming in? So they technically act on their own. But there is certainly concerns. There are concerns that there could be you know political influence there and that the G s a is kind of doing that the president's bidding and then until President Trump decides to concede that they won't do it, either, But they do maintain that they are One of their own thing on act independently. I was Senator Chuck Grassley, who has said President elect Biden should be getting those classified intelligence briefings from the Trump administration. We learned yesterday has tested positive for covert 19. That's right. Yes, that's some bad news there. Senator Chuck Grassley, who is the most senior Republican in the Senate. He's just the second oldest senator of the oldest actually being Dianne Feinstein, who's just a few months older, but he is the most senior Republican. He's 87 years old, so high risk demographic there for covert 19, but his office does say he's not experiencing any symptoms. So that's good news. They don't know how he contract ID the virus. The concern is that he was on the floor of the Senate voting on Today, and he was also part of Ah closed door hearing or meeting rather with Republican leadership. People who were in that meeting, though, said that you know, Grassley has been really good about wearing a mask that everybody in that meeting was wearing a mask. But they're not too concerned about having contracting the virus. But he is, you know, the second this week that has announced that he is now isolating. After a possible covert exposure. The first being Republican Senator Rick Scott of Florida, certainly wish them the best. Thank you so much as always say, and that's a bee season as delicate era in Washington. Come
Georgia's secretary of state says Graham suggested throwing out ballots
"Graham. The current chairman of the senate judiciary committee appears to have pressured georgia's secretary of state to throw out legally cast mail in ballots. Here's reference burger georgia's secretary of state explaining the conversation he had with graham to wolf blitzer on cnn. Boy acid the balance could be match back to the voters and I got the sense implied that Then you can throw those out of any rookie look at the counties with the highest frequent air of signatures. So that's that's the impression i got the you know. We've got signature match in place. We have signature match when you request about about and then we have signature match when it comes in and then with our new online after the battle portal. That has photo. Id and so we feel very confident that the election tissues have done their job and that's what they're charge to do is do their job. Emission signature
"judiciary" Discussed on Amicus with Dahlia Lithwick
"Is that a problem? Is there a way to frame that question where you don't pull back a bloody stump? Difficult for me to answer that question because I don't know who you're talking about. Exactly right like I like Efraim it in a way that you won't get hit. On bigotry charges by WHO right both sides. But I mean Dianne Feinstein got shellacked by on the left and the right for a religious test and for inappropriately probing in Coney Barrett's writing. So I just I'm trying I guess what I'm asking is the hypothetical is, is there any way to ask a judge who has written that? Of course, religion affects my judging does religion affect your job but I think you ask it exactly that way like I. To, answer it wasn. Yes. Of course, there is a way to do that. No matter how you do that there will be bad faith people on the Republican side who accuse you I mean no pun intended but there will be bad faith people who accuse you of acting in bad faith and no matter how you frame it there will be cowardly chicken liver liberals. We're like, no matter what you do. You're going to get that from both sides because the Republicans act in bad faith and the Liberals Act with cowardice. So it's impossible to frame it in a way that appeases both of those extreme wings but in terms of kind of being able to sleep with yourself at night knowing that you have done right of course, there is a way to ask that question. You have to ask that question you have to bring it up because she herself has brought it up. Right. There are Catholic nominees out there who do not make their faith a particular issue in their judicial opinions, right? Like Neil. Gorsuch Piscopo, alien raised Catholic. I didn't know what religion you'll gorsuch was until he already been on the court for like two years all right I like like I had problems with Neil gorsuch based on his writings. I have problems with people like AC based on their writings. It just so happens that Seb's writings make an explicit tie between her religious views and her traditional views and the other the other thing that's worth saying I think in this context is that I care about views like I, I, you know I don't I don't begrudge her believing what she believes as a matter of faith I begrudge her imposing it on me. That, that's that's that's always the issue I have no problem with a person who says because I am X. I believe why in the law I have no problem with that. Whatever problem with is when you take because I believe X. I believe why in terms of law and you must as well that's what I'm like. Well, well, don't don't tell me why Jesus doesn't want me to have an abortion. Tell me why the ninth amendment of the Constitution doesn't allow me to have abortion because we can't do that. You can't do anything for. That's where that's where the argument is against this issue, and of course, there is a way to frame it as such but no matter what Republicans. Are GonNA say that you're being bigoted and Democrats are going to be scared about it. Also, I just don't know how much utility there is to asking such a question because the federalist society has spent forty years now building up a kind of secular justification for many extreme rulings that might be viewed as the acrostic. For instance, denying women control over their own bodies rolling back reproductive rights, you do not see e judges or Conservative attorneys justifying this on the basis of faith right? They say, oh no, you don't understand. The Fourteenth Amendment does not protect unrenumerated rights or the unborn children have a compelling like there are all of these other things that everyone can raise if they are ever. Accused of using their faith to judge, and so there is no point in accusing someone i. think of using their faith judge because there's always a neutral justification, a neutral response and like we both agree alley Republicans will pounce on it and claim that it's anti Catholic bias and a lot of Lily livered Democrats will say Oh. Yeah you're right this went way too far. The the issue is I think were both marketing also agreeing is that like there's no point engaging at all like there's there's no point having hearing. There's no point in lending legitimacy to an illegitimate process by having a sit-down hearing about her issues because it honestly doesn't Matt so sweet stop. Stop Stop because I absolutely was one of the people who said. Democrats, in the Senate shouldn't even show up for Neal gorsuch hearing because there should be yellow crime scene tape around Justice Scalia seat, and it was fascinating. You covered the hearings and like I think that the Democrats in the Senate were sort of both they're under protests and they're fighting on the merits and so there'd be lots of like lengthy passionate speeches about how we shouldn't even be here and this is illegitimate but also talk about the frozen trucker and I think you know if we really are quite serious I like the three of us are quite serious that to. Engage in this hearing on the merits is to bless this hearing on the merits is the tactic to just not show up or chain yourself to the Senate floor in which case let me just add parenthetically you're playing right into.
"judiciary" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"Impeachment drafted pass by the committee but the investigation of the president's actions and its administration including these Ukraine issues is actually ongoingly of news tonight. On how new evidence is just hit into the judiciary committee record. We'll explain today. The Judiciary Committee formerly recommended impeaching Donald Trump for abusive power and obstruction of Congo's but the investigation into the freezing of that military aid. Ukraine continues in the investigating committees as well as in. This is interesting in the courts tonight. We have an update on some evidence entered into the record last night the center for a public integrity sued in federal court for documents related to the Ukraine scandal. And this is what they've got. Aw they won in court but what they got were heavily redacted documents. Why because the president doesn't want these documents to to see the light of day? I ask for unanimous consent chairman to enter these directions for the record and now we're joined by Dave Leventhal editor at large for the Senate Republican tax. which did sue the administration as mentioned? What did you get? What more do you need? We didn't get much in the sense that as you saw right there from the clip that the documents that we did about one hundred and forty-six pages worth of them were heavily redacted and many of the conversations that were happening between members of the the Department of Defense and the White House Office of Management and budget conversations. That could have been tantamount of some very interesting stuff directly related to the Ukraine situation. And we just don't have access to. We went back to court. Today filed a motion to effectively. Tell the judge. Hey look we gotta keep working on this and come Tuesday. We're going to have another bite at the apple. Are the Democrats also using their congressional subpoenas to try to get the same stuff. Yeah indeed in fact I had the these documents been released without the reductions. We may have had more information information than even congressional investigators have had an and then speaks to let me get you one of the point here because folks may have heard the White House finally put out an alternative out of explanation to why the money was frozen and said it wasn't to get the Biden's it was for legitimate foreign policy. Yada Yada it would seem that if these reductions were removed ooh the underlying material. If it's valid could show whether that's an after the fact sort of lie or whether if it were true there was contemporaneous letters like I supported it from the time I mean. Is that part of your argument well. Donald Trump earlier this year. Ra said that He is the most transparent president in the history of the United States. It seems like this would be an opportune time for him. If in fact that is the case and that is true for him to compel his own administration to release this this information that would shine a great deal of light and provide a great deal of transparency into an issue. That's at the heart of the impeachment inquiry and the ultimate impeachment. That's is going to happen next week of the president. He hasn't done that at this point. And we're going to continue to fight in court in order for the public to have the right to know what this information in in fact entails Dave thank you so much for joining six months ago before Donald Trump even called the president of Ukraine to ask for.
"judiciary" Discussed on The 11th Hour with Brian Williams
"Debate. I think that's actually pretty good word for it. You had Democrats trying to elevate the conversation here a little little bit. Make this about the constitution historical moment something. They didn't want to do but felt they had to. There are a lot of biographical speeches from some of these members. He's trying to describe how they got to this point where they're ready to impeach a sitting president and the Republican strategy was interesting to assign from a couple of members. What you heard by enlarge large was not a debate about this specific facts in Ukraine case but rather than trying to make a case that this was inevitable the minute the Democrats regained control of the House after the two thousand eighteen midterms that Democrats? They said we're trying to keep a promise to their base. Made starting back in late twenty. Sixteen that they would impeach this as president but this was not a lot of the procedural hijinks. This was not as nasty as what we will probably see tomorrow when they resume the markup and get into this four this process of exchanging amendments on a set of documents that let's be clear will not be amended. They will come out of this committee the same way they went in But we're GONNA see a whole lot of I think much more bitter fighting about the wording of these documents Republican efforts to to to change them before the die is cast and the votes are taken taking tomorrow afternoon sometime. That's one point. I wanted to make for any of the kids majoring in government. Who might be watching tonight? I'm not proud of the fact that I have been to markups before and I remember them as marking up documents submitting wording having it accepted or rejected tonight was was kind of preambles. So you're saying tomorrow. Are we actually get down to wording and maybe amending the nine pages that we've seen so far. Yeah that's the idea. Because this is such a momentous Sir resolution really only about nine pages but so important. They stretch this process out over two days. They justed member opening statements tonight. The real. You'll work happens tomorrow with the mark but again this is not a you know a spending bill or an authorization bill that you'll have tons of small amendments that might get accepted opted or changed or language tweaked. This is something that was painstakingly put together by committee chair people and by the Democratic leadership by the speaker and sort of locked Kim before it ever made its way back to the Judiciary Committee the amendments that will be offered we'll becoming from Republicans. Some of them might be Germane to impeachment. Some of them might not not have anything to do with impeachment all on purely designed to slow down the process tomorrow. Democrats want their document to get through. They've got the votes it will but this there's one last opportunity for Republicans to gum up the works here a little bit and when you're in the minority In the house. That's really all you can do is slow something like this down and Garrett as we mentioned tomorrow night a lot of them are heading out to Andrews to get on government planes to fly to Europe to mark the seventy fifth anniversary of the battle of the bulge for any of our viewers wondering why the calendar has been compressed into a Thursday markup session Garrett Hake get some rest thanks very much for hanging out with us so late at night after the long day you've had Garrett Hey covering Capitol Hill for us another break.
"judiciary" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"Trump directed Rudy Giuliani to smear his political rival. Donald Trump fired an anti corruption ambassador. You're who stood in his way. Donald Trump withheld three hundred ninety one million dollars in aid that was essential to Ukraine and Donald. Donald trump withheld a White House. Meeting and less Ukraine's president would do him a favor in this scheme. Donald Trump was not an incidental player. He was the central player and anything we don't know about what Donald Trump did is because donald trump continues to this moment to block us from knowing Donald Trump used his office to abuse his power to re elected himself. Barb mcquaid what did you make of that summary of the case against Donald Trump. I thought congressman swallow did an excellent job of summarizing the case. They're just did in the questioning in yesterday's it's hearing where he asked the Council for the Democrats in a similar way. He asked a series of questions all of which elicited the same same answer. You know who was it. who hired Rudy Giuliani to smear Joe Biden president trump? Who Was it who withheld the president trump? Who has it who withheld the White House meeting eating president trump and so focusing that this was not a rogue Rudy Giuliani? This was not underlings at the State Department. This was president trump utilizing. His is office to put his own personal political interests ahead of the interests of the country. And I think when you frame it that way it really makes the question of impeachment a very compelling telling one Lisa graves we heard a vast array of irrelevant things thrown into the mix by Republicans. Tonight my favorite included D- dragging in Robert Deniro and Kathy Griffin and complaining about how the President of the United States has suffered so much watch including negative things said about him by Robert Deniro and Kathy Griffin. It's harder that that to me is the best description of the emptiness of the defense case that we were hearing tonight. I think that's right in one of the things that really struck me is just how little Republicans have to say. They were subdued tonight but they lied and they continue obviously for this president and the idea that this president is so thin skinned that they're lament is over him being insulted when he the insult. So many people on a regular basis is astonishing to me but also in in that way think denigrates the importance of this matter. This is about our democracy about our or constitution and those Democratic senators in that committee or Party. Democratic Representative Committee spoke so eloquently about the evidence the only evidence we have before us is compelling testimony under oath showing time and again all the support for this. NPR these impeachment a piece. Because it's clear there's evidence substantial substantial evidence to impeach the president and the president has mounted no defense and his allies have basically just continued to skate and try to misdirect the American people and Iran claimed. It didn't seem like with your experience in the way. These hearings are organized. It did seem like there was an organizing principle in the Republicans approach tonight because totally and I really mean mostly just the volume part of it and the lack of emotion in it was unusual for them. They quieted down They kind of rushed through their statements. They they weren't leaning very hard on any particular part of this Jim Jordan was not not a memorable entry. Even in this discussion tonight. And that seems like a coordinated decision of some. Yeah I think from their perspective. They're trying to make AAC what happened over on the Senate side Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the. I report the news of the day but I think Lawrence that's going to be a very very failed effort. I mean we've only had a president get to this stage of the impeachment process four times in the two hundred and thirty your history of this country and nothing that happened today. The Senate Judiciary Committee is is going to change the historic nature. What's happening in the house? Tonight change the historic significance of the houses action move towards impeachment and certainly none of in any way shape or form relevant to the conduct houses looking at today so I think they've got a very tactical approach here for a very historic moment. And I think they've missed the mark once again very badly. Jill do expect the Republicans to continue with this particular with this strategic approach of just. Let's let's do this kind of in a muted and quiet way and rush through it as much as we can. I don't see what choice they have. They don't have any exculpatory evidence. If they did they would have presented long ago. So if you can't argue the facts and I wrote an op Ed in Doc Tober with sixteen of my Watergate colleagues and we basically predicted where we are. We said the Congress shouldn't wait that there is a prime facial case that that means there's a case in plain sight for all to see and that was long before we had the hearings with live witnesses testifying to what Donald Trump himself had done putting it right in his hands. It's just like the June twenty third smoking gun tape. Jill one banks Barbara mcquade. Lisa is a great for unclaimed. Thank you all for starting off tonight. And when we come back today congressman. Jim Jordan was invited to attend a luncheon in the Senate with all of the Republican senators presumably to discuss the defensive Donald Trump in the Senate impeachment trial congressman. Jim himes joins US next to explain what Jim Jordan doesn't and seem to know about the evidence against.
"judiciary" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"All during this breaking news night. We can't tell you right now for sure exactly who will be joining us in this hour because as the House Judiciary Committee continues its work session tonight on the articles articles of impeachment. Some of the members of that committee might be able to join us this hour. If they get their work done we definitely will be joined by a member of the Senate Senate Judiciary Committee who asked some of the most important questions in today's hearing with the Justice Department. Inspector General Senator Amy Klobuchar kept the focus on the big picture in that hearing hearing today and she will probably be taking a new oath in January. It is the oath. The Senate Administers Two senators when they act as jurors And an impeachment. Trial the house judiciary. Committee's articles of impeachment being debated tonight are based on the investigative work of the House Intelligence Committee and Carson. Jim Hines as a member of the House Intelligence Committee. He is one of the people who will definitely be joining US tonight. The House Judiciary Committee is now working toward voting on articles of impeachment. Tomorrow The Standard Procedure the Judiciary Committee and most committees is from the chairman and ranking minority member to make opening statements only but tonight for for this momentous hearing chairman allowed each member of the committee Democrat and Republican to make opening statements. After Chairman Nadler began the historic session with these words. Today we begin consideration of two articles of impeachment against President Donald J trump. The I started charges that the president used the powers of his public office to demand that a foreign government attack his political rivals the second second article charges that the president obstructed the congressional investigation into his conduct. Other presidents have resisted congressional oversight but President. Trump's stonewall was complete absolute and without precedent in American history taken together the two articles charge charge president trump with placing his private political interests above our national security above are free and fair elections and above above our ability to hold public officials accountable. Most of the Republicans did not did not mention any of the evidence referenced in the articles of impeachment impeachment But we will. Now go to the hearing as congressman. Joe Negotiates makes his opening remarks listening and watching who may disagree agree with the steps. This committee is taking. I hope that you will understand that. We are proceeding on this path..
"judiciary" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"Well we will begin tonight with the breaking news articles of impeachment and we will later get to the Justice Department. Inspector General's report released today which did find political leanings among the FBI officials involved in the investigation of the Russian attack on our presidential election. But the Inspector General's report says that the political opinions of F. B. I.. Officials else did not affect any FBI officials judgment about the investigation including including the judgment of the FBI special official agent who revealed to the Inspector General under oath that he was thrilled but Donald Trump won the presidency because he thought Hillary Rick Clinton was a criminal. The Inspector General's report also found a stunning connection between Christopher Steele. And someone he used to call a friend and vodka trump the breaking news. The night is that specific articles of impeachment might be announced by House leadership tomorrow morning. The chairs of the four house. Awesome pitchman inquiry. Committees had a meeting with Speaker. Nancy Pelosi tonight in her office and when the House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman. Eliot Engel left that meeting. He said there will being announcement tomorrow. Morning on impeachment with the relevant committee chairs asked if this announcement would be about articles of impeachment Chairman Angle said. Yeah everything everything in today's impeachment. Hearing in the House Judiciary Committee House Intelligence Committee counsel Daniel Goldman presented the intelligence committees case against Donald Trump. And in making that case Daniel Goldman made a factual statement that every Republican in the room today and every Republican in the House and the Senate has refused fused to admit president trump got caught by early September. The president's scheme was unraveling on September ninth. The intelligence oversight and Foreign Affairs Committees announced an investigation into president trump and Mr John Giuliani's efforts in Ukraine. And later that same day the Intelligence Committee learned that a whistle blower had filed a complaint nearly a month earlier related to some unknown issue but which the president and the White House new related to Ukraine had been circulating among them for some time and then two days later on September eleventh in the face of growing public and congressional scrutiny. President trump lifted the hold on security assistance to crane as with the implementation of the hold. No reason was provided but simply president trump got caught so he released the president trump got caught so oh he released the aid every Democrat making the case against the president should say that every time not one republican admits That president trump got caught every republican pretends that Donald trump out of the goodness of his heart decided to release the aid. That's how every Republican tells the story the Republicans do do not rebut the specific evidence against Donald Trump in their defensive. Donald Trump. That's what they would have to do in a courtroom to win not guilty for Donald Trump and a courtroom the Republicans. I would have to take on every piece of incriminating evidence and at minimum create. A reasonable doubt about that evidence. No Republican has attempted to do that with the evidence against Donald Trump. Whatever Republican does is ignore? Evidence is impossible for a Republican to tell the story of Donald Trump's dealings with Ukraine rain without ignoring the most incriminating evidence. Beginning with what the White House transcript. The president's phone call to the president of Ukraine actually says here is the full Republican Defense of Donald Trump in thirty four seconds and it can be recited in thirty four seconds because of all of the important incriminating evidence that the Defensive Donald Trump ignores to transcript is complete inaccurate shows is no quid pro quo no conditionality. That's number one number two. There was no pressure Bozo. Linski and trump has said that repeatedly President Alinsky said that it United the United Nations on September twenty fifth said Subsequent News Articles on October sixth in October tenth and December first number three Ukrainians Alinsky did not know about the pause innate. At the very least at the time of the call and number four no investigations were announced. I was released number one. There is evidence in the phone call. The president did make investigating. Joe Biden a condition for receiving military. Ed there is is much more evidence of that from other witnesses including ambassador Gordon solid who spoke to president trump about it and ambassador William Taylor number two there is clear evidence. The presence Alinsky Skin Ukrainian government officials felt tremendous pressure to publicly announced investigation of Joe Biden and his son. Gordon son testified repeatedly to putting that pressure on presence Kalinski and President Presence Alinsky staff himself for president trump's personal benefit number three. There is very clear evidence that presence Alinsky and Ukrainian officials knew that there was a hold on the military aid at the time presence. Alinsky was on the phone. With president trump number four presence alinsky planned to announce announced an investigation of Joe Biden in an interview on CNN which was cancelled only after the military aid was released and the military aid it was released only after president. Trump got caught. We want to go straight to our important guests tonight for more in the breaking news about articles of impeachment that the the House of Representatives could be revealing articles of impeachment tomorrow morning against President Trump. We're joined now by two members of House. Representatives who are in the verge of casting the most historic votes votes of their careers of vote on the impeachment of the President Democratic Congressman David Selenium Rhode Island is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and was in today's hearing and Democratic Congressman Mike Quigley of Villain Oi he's a member of the House Intelligence Committee and Carson Swinney. What can you tell us about what's going to happen tomorrow morning? Well Lawrence we finish the hearing today today. We heard in detail. The conclusions of the Intelligence Committee investigation where the president clearly put his own personal and political interest ahead of the national interest and attempted to persuade foreign leader to interfere in an American presidential election and leverage taxpayer funds. That have been appropriate bread Congress to accomplish that objective we also heard in in detail about the presence effort to prevent the investigation of this misconduct. And it really strikes at the very heart of our democracy of the right of people able to decide their own future to select their own political leaders. We were here all weekend. We have been engaged in robust discussions. About what the specific articles should look like. We met today after the hearing as a committee to go over the evidence again that we heard. We're GONNA meet again first thing in the morning and continue our work until we have articles of impeachment impeachment ready for consideration by the full committee. Curzon Quigley NBC. News is reporting tonight that they have five sources telling them that there will be probably who articles of impeachment abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The intended to bring those two articles but the sources are cautioning us. Yes that that could change that. This isn't absolutely locked in at this point. Is that your understanding of where where it stands tonight. Look I can make that case. The president's averted. US foreign policy toward Ukraine undermined our national security for personal political gain..
"judiciary" Discussed on Can He Do That?
"Intelligence Committee led by Chairman. Adam Schiff to the house. Judiciary Committee led led by Chairman Jerry Nadler. The Democrats are continuing on E. Speedy timeline for this inquiry. That would set a full house. Vote on articles of impeachment for just before the house breaks breaks for the end of December holidays. That shift means. There's a few key moments to pay attention to this week. The House Intelligence Committee released its report Tuesday on findings from the impeachment inquiry. The report says President trump pleased his political interests above national interests in his conduct towards Ukraine and that trump quote engaged in an unprecedented campaign of obstruction.
"judiciary" Discussed on Impeachment: A Daily Podcast
"Next week and then they'll begin to likely draft debate and vote on articles of impeachment at the Committee level and the vote that they take it's basically ultimately whether or not to recommend the full House vote on those articles of impeachment And if they voted in the affirmative -firmative to make that recommendation we could see the house house in the final days before Christmas You know potentially You know the same the same calendar day on which they Impeached impeached president. Bill Clinton a couple of decades ago. you know voting on this and then jetting out of town. The one caveat I will add is that there's also government government Funding deadline coming up On December twentieth. So they also have to figure out how to keep the government open And not repeat last year's Christmas time government shutdown so it's certainly going to be a complicated busy and fraud time on on Capitol Hill For this holiday season Nicholas Nicholas von Dose Congressional correspondent for The New York Times. Thank you so much pleasure. Thanks some of you know that we've been inviting listeners to impeachment a daily podcast to write and record one article of impeachment of your own. What language would you use to charge trump under the constitution? And this is last call will close this out on Thursday and turn the page and invite trump defenders to call in the next round and say why not to impeach but here is an article of impeachment from one of you. The president violated his duty to take care that the laws be faithfully executed the to section three clause five of the United States constitution by taking too many vacation days spending too much time on twitter and watching instead of doing his job by mine voluminous sleep and by causing substantial tansel harm to the international station of the United States. Thank you for taking the time to write and record that from the bay area of California and and now is the judiciary committee moves toward their articles of impeachment. This is last call yours. They can be about Ukraine or not and next week we'll invite trump supporters. There's two right for the defense now. Article of impeachment voicemail is eight four four seven four or five talk eight four four seven four five eight two five. I five eight four four seven four five talk impeachment. A daily podcast is excerpted from my live daily radio show which we also invite you to listen to. It's it's the Brian Lehrer show ten. AM to noon eastern time streaming live then at WNYC dot. Org See you tomorrow..
"judiciary" Discussed on The Beat with Ari Melber
"Should be investing what I've red herring that is people with nothing to gain have come forward and said what they saw and let me say this. I represented many rape victims especially leave victims who were intoxicated or given date rape drugs. They don't remember what happened but an eyewitness. That's incredible incredible credible evidence several eye-witnesses slam dunk evidence. I agree that what this shows is that to go back to the process. The process was incredibly flawed and that's what this is highlighting. That's what the calls for impeachment are highlighting that this was a rushed process there were numerous witnesses who were not interviewed by the FBI who should have been interviewed and what the public expects is that when there's a rush process it's a result driven process. It's a rigged process and so all of these old wounds are being reopened and now because there was no confidence in the integrity of this process and so now we need to go back and of course people are going to ask questions nations that these interviews be conducted and these are not complicated or lengthy interviews to be conducted. This wouldn't have to drag on for months. These are basically tell tell me what happened kinds of interviews when he's when he is testifying under oath he has an obligation to tell the truth about everything or in that process he can try to decline to answer things. If that's his preference right there are questions of a personal nature that don't involve misconduct about say someone's dealings with their own wife that they make answer that question right there are traps but he did go had I answered things which also are called into question by some of these witness accounts take a look. You're asking about blackout. I don't know have you. That's not happened. Is that your answer yeah. I'm curious. If you have passed out would be now but I've gone to sleep but I've never blacked out whether you've ever gotten aggressive aggressive while drinking the answer to that is basically no never had foggy recollection about what happened. Is that correct Sir yes or no that's. That's what I said did he. In your view failed all the truth based on what is publicly known or that still needs to be investigated. I think it I think it's very questionable what he said. I think it was questionable at the time get what everybody was saying about his conduct and in college in particular that he had never been drinking to the point of excess that caused him to to pass out or blackout and it sounds though people at the time were disputing that when he was testifying to that so I think it does need to be investigated. It's very different. It's very difficult to prove proved. Somebody has lied you know in in that type of context when they're saying because he can always say I just don't remember it was testifying to the best of my recollection but it's a very questionable Josh statement. How do you think the press should handle this as I as I reported there's been criticism of aspects of the way this reporting came out in the I think the press assess to leave no stone unturned? There's nothing more important than the Supreme Court and the Republicans understand that the courts actually make more law than Congress and they have packed the courts with political operatives sexist racist their writings and their own behavior has indicated this and and it takes it's going to take drastic action. He should be impeached and the press should vigorously speak to these witnesses and tell their accounts because it's important that we know who sits on the highest court in the land. That's GONNA decide gerrymandering voter suppression. If there's ever a another Gore Bush versus versus Gore the politicizing the courts is incredibly damaging to our democracy. The Republicans have done that they denied Obama his constitutional the two Sional right to appoint a Supreme Court justice they shoved Brad Kavanagh down our throats in a very questionable way very questionable investigation and the press needs to step up the Democrats need to step up to we can't just sit back and say oh well. We can't do anything about it. We have to impeach him and then we have to consider adding judges and justices to the Supreme Court to balance the fact that they've been packed by the Republicans Nancy Aerosmith and Jamie Nowadays Oh day on the law and the facts. I appreciate you joining me what we're GonNa do now is bringing a US senator on this who question Judge Cavenaugh when he was a judge when we're back in thirty seconds skits we're back delving into this reporting about Justice Brett Cavanaugh and I want to turn now to a US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse. He's on the Judiciary Committee. He questioned Kavanagh last year right in the center of these new controversies. Thanks for joining US tonight good to be with you. Ari Your reaction to what is new in these accounts and what should be done. I think it heightens the urgency of an investigation Shen of the Cavanaugh investigation. I think that after Dr Blasi fords allegations were public the second. FBI investigation negation that followed was a bogus investigation you see Chris wray trying to walk away from it and ascribe it to the White House you see the people like Max tire being told that their evidence isn't welcome at the FBI which is exactly the opposite of the way you know. Investigative agencies ordinarily behave with information. Let's jump on that point. You're mentioning one of the students who was named former student in this reporting there was this twenty nine August letter which you were a part of saying in our experience it's not the practice of the FBI to declined to pursue credible leads investigation failed interview accuser user and the accused. Is there a mechanism then in your view given given those details to go in and have someone interview those individuals should that be the FBI should be the house where Democrats are in control of the Senate is not going to approve it if I were to do this in logical order the first thing I'd do is to have the House Judiciary Committee you investigate the FBI investigation and find out what they did you could take the FBI investigation and compare it to a real FBI investigation and you'd be able to Z. Multiple discrepancies between the way the FBI ordinary ordinarily investigates a legitimate criminal investigation and this thing that they did at the White House's behest and if I were looking at the first thing I'd look at is the so called tip line as people were coming to us on the Judiciary Committee saying I've got evidence. I've got a friend who has evidence. I have a client who has evidence. Where do we take it to the FBI and so when we asked the FBI where should this evidence come to they kept saying not me not this no not here and senator? You're you're not yet backing impeachment of him. Is that correct. I think you've got investigate instigate. I there are some steps a prosecutor before you ask for the verdict and your office told us your tight on time so I appreciate you making time my follow up question then is given your position. Do you think that some of your colleagues in the Democratic Party have moved too quickly to backing impeachment if this is about the judiciary committee in the process going forward with due process assist for all. Do you disagree with those Democratic candidates well. I have a view which is that we need to get these investigations under way so that we can go oh forward and unreal evidence make a determination about what the next step should be whether that should include impeachment but the first step obviously is expose actually took place with this oppose it. FBI investigation once the allegations were out and then finally my last question sorry my last question for you is he's if Justice Cava ultimately is found to have perjured himself before your committee what happens Americans are trying to understand. What does it mean if both was confirmed that was a vote counting thing off but then also in this process if it is found later by fact finders that he perjured himself then one well? We get to make a decision about whether that's a high crime and misdemeanor understood on a busy night senator appreciate you making time. We'll have you back. Appreciate it good to be with you. Yes Sir Still Ahead there. Are these rising tensions with Iran. We had a leading diplomat who worked under Obama former ambassador. Samantha Power Live on the beat coming up off with a whole lot more when we come back new jitters really across the world tonight about what the United States might do to respond to this major attack in Saudi Arabia and a moment will turn into a very special expert on this topic President Obama's. UN Ambassador Samantha Power while also served in the National Security Council all of it ran pretty differently under the prior administration. Today's is often forced to make policy on the fly in response to tweets like President Trump's announcement today that the US is quote locked and loaded for a strike and he says it's quote looking like Iran is responsible for hitting one of the world's biggest oil facilities in Saudi Arabia. US into until confirmed the attack was they believe from Iran Iran still denies any involvement larger questions here are classic dilemmas. How do you make policy with imperfect information when Must America Act to save lives and try to prevent the next atrocity without making things worse well long before the power was tackling those issues in the Obama Administration? I WANNA give you the context she was actually exploring reporting from Bosnia as a foreign correspondent and then charting the failure of governments to prevent genocide her Pulitzer Prize winning book the problem from Hell in fact it was that work that you're into Obama's orbit originally when he was entering the US Senate and she made the journey from idealist on the outside to a public servant on the inside taking up the post of America's top diplomat the UN that is of course in arena for some of the great foreign policy performances in our postwar era from Fidel Castro's four hour speech beach in one thousand nine hundred sixty to call Powell's misleading case for starting the Iraq war in two thousand three and you know who a president sends the UN actually can reveal their whole policy towards the world consider a controversial diplomat who you know because he just left the trump administration John Bolton he was actually President George. W are you Bush's recess appointment to the UN quite a contrast. There is no United Nations. There is an international community that occasionally candy lead are the only real power left in the world and that's the United States wanted suits are and Chris and when we can get others to go along that make no mistake the engagement of women in peace and security does not reflect a desire for disengagement by men men the principle that guides us is respect for the rights and dignity of all just as all benefit from peace so all must help to create peace now we'll we'll hear from our expert our next guest making her debut in the beat Samantha Power. The new book is the education of an idealist. Thank you for joining US great to be here her. Let's start with the book and then we can get to Iran and all the other trump stuff you detail assert approach to these often life and death questions. It's the way you detail. It is your journey and what you learn but also following the lead of this president so reading briefly from your book you say Obama at times would seem restless on on satisfy satisfied as he heard from his key advisers but he also gave little hint of the course of action he favored if he laid out his thinking those who disagreed might silence themselves elves or what he said could also land in the press what was important about that well President Obama famously said he wanted to create a kind of team of rivals and initially that meant bringing his Democratic Primary Opponent Hillary Clinton into the cabinet but throughout his presidency it meant ensuring that he heard the full range of viewpoints from people who worked on National Security and for instance one of the stories they tell them the book is if I came into a meeting and I was on the backbench bench the first four years as his human rights adviser I would think that I was bearing a poker face and not indicating one view what you know one away the other given that I wasn't at the table and he'd say I see Samantha frowning over there. What's on your mind? You know welcoming something that was critical of what was being said in order for somebody else else to respond to that in order to try to land in the best place all things considered and God knows the president is considering or at least back then was considering all things so and then of course he didn't WanNa make policy or announced policy publicly until we brought our allies on board until we build coalitions that would enable us never to be going alone on but to be catalyzing coalitions and being the best position we could to succeed you focus a lot on the role of idealism there are all kinds of criticisms of obviously American foreign policy and the projection of power all the hypocrisies and yet you seem to write about a time time when it was at least understood that there was value in reaching for idealism even when we do fall short and so with that in mind we put together a little bit of a a recent presidents talking about diversity and inclusion on the global stage take a look America counts millions of Muslims amongst our citizens and Muslims make an incredibly valuable contribution to our country. I've come here to Cairo tyrod to seek a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world one based on mutual interest and mutual respect. How important was that messaging and that leadership in your work and where do you see it lacking in today's administration where to start I think when you start trying to build trust partly for its own sake is just generally a good idea to be trusted in the world to be have the respect of other people's else to not be alienating people which can be a source of radicalization in some quarters but trust is also money in the bank?.
"judiciary" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"Member of Jerry Nadler's judiciary committee, but this situation with Don Mcgann affects all of the committees, the intelligence community that you're on where you release the Michael Cohen testimony today. I wanna I get your reaction to chairman Landers letter and then we'll talk a little bit about, Michael Collins, testimony. Right. Well chairman Nadler is right. And people need to understand how completely unprecedented, Donald Trump's strategy. Here is you said, at the close of the last segment that he is claiming an absolute right? To say no to the congress. No president in two hundred and forty years of history has ever claimed that Richard Nixon when ordered to turn over the tapes, and the conversations in the Oval Office turned over the tapes of the conversations in the Oval Office, Bill Clinton didn't imagine that he would say, I'm not going to be interviewed by the Starr investigation team. He was interviewed there was a negotiation, but he was interviewed. So look, just as in the case that we were talking about earlier. The president is not on any way shape. Perform on legal ground. And, you know, so Mcgann must show up that is what the law will say. No look, we can have a conversation about executive privilege executive privilege is important in the sense that any president should have the right to believe that the the private conversations. He has with advisors about policy. We'll be protected but remember bottom line when it comes to the law, congress need not recognize executive privilege. No, that's not where we are. We will recognize that. But when you certain executive privilege, you come before the congress, and he'd say, look, I'll talk about everything other than that, which the White House wants to assert executive privilege on. And so that's the right way to do this. But, you know, look at the end of the day, this is going to be just another example of the White House, offering up a completely novel in absurd legal strategy to protect the president and Carson on Michael Cohen. Testimony released today. Here he is very clearly you are in the room when he gave that closed door. Testimony. It's very clearly saying, J Secolo, the president's lawyer told me to say things that were not true to congress. And that's what the accusation of that. He pled guilty to lying to congress was about that testimony. Yeah. And look, let's, let's stipulate that a man who is now in prison for lying to congress is in not your very best witness. But Michael Cohen as is his habit showed up with receipts just as he had canceled check signed by the president to stood to reimburse the payments for stormy Daniels. He has. And I believe they either are or will be released the emails that went back and forth with all of these attorneys, as they were crafting his statement now. Now, remember, it's his statement, and that in and of itself is sort of interesting. Right. Michael Cohen is in jail because he was inaccurate he lied about his statement. His statement was whatever else you think Michael Cohen was created by all sorts of attorneys coming together and offering? Comments. And when you see the transcript is, I suspect, you have you will see that Abbe Lowell is offering up comments about whether he should be talking about vodka Trump. I mean, again, remember this is Michael Cohen statement, and it was drafted by a collection of lawyers on his behalf acting not on Michael Cohen behalf. But acting on in the defense of Donald Trump. Joy Bex, I want to get your response to Jerry Nadler's letter which is the new entry in what is a triple document day. I a memo from the Justice department saying that Don Mcgann has complete immunity from a congressional subpoenas doesn't have to testify. Then the president ordering Don Mcgann not to testify against lawyer, then letter to Jerry Nadler, saying he's going to testify presence say doesn't have to just department says he doesn't have to Jerry Nadler comes back tonight with this very powerful letter filled with legal citation beyond the Justice department citations, first of all the office of legal counsel opinion in my opinion. Is extremely weak. It is built on one thing and one thing only, and that is prior office of legal counsel opinions. There's only reference to one district court opinion. And that one said there is no such thing as absolute immunity. So there is no absolute immunity. Jerry, Nadler's response..
"judiciary" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell
"Sixty seconds praising the question, and it was such a brilliant question until finally be was don't praise my question. I don't need to be thanked just answer my question. But obviously they are being taught to filibuster. So what we thought we would do is each member would have five minutes to question. And there would be thirty minutes where the Republicans would be able to question in thirty minutes where the Democrats would be able to question. And as you're pointing out there's great. Edition precedent for that. And it's up to us. And suddenly, we have the attorney general trying to dictate to us how we're going to run our committee. And I know chairman Nadler, the members are not gonna accept that. Julian Epstein knowing the rules of the committee the way you do what's going to happen here? Well, I think there's a standoff right now. And the committee certainly has the rules under the house rules to be able to have staff ask questions. It's exactly what we did during the nineteen ninety eight hearings with Ken Starr, where we had our investigators asked questions in your setup piece. Obviously, you talked about all the other precedents around contra Watergate, so on I think some of this. There's no question about precedent. It's question about staff asking Senate confirmed cabinet officials to be able to testify that's well established and president. And I think some of this conversation misses the forest for the trees, this is really the opening shot in a longer term game that both the Justice department, and the House Judiciary committee, you're playing the Justice department has theory on the case their theory on the cases that we can ignore all the norms and the precedence and just kind of thumb our nose at the committee and say see us in court, and we can tie this thing up in court for months if not years, and in the meantime, House Judiciary committee, you've got about as much evidence as your. Probably going to get if you think the president obstructed Justice and violated the law. Call the question on peach man, I dare you to that's bars theory on the case, the judiciary committee's theory on the case is you know, what we've probably got a better legal argument to get access. Not just to be able to conduct hearings the way we want to. But there's other issues here. They're even bigger issues. I don't think bar testifying on Thursday is going to advance the knowledge that much because I think he knows how to dance around the questions, but the bigger issues here are whether the judiciary committee will be able to get the redacted portions of the bar report. And we'll be able to get access to witnesses on the Enderlein material, and the judiciary committee's theory here is that we've got a stronger case in court ultimately. And if you wanna take us to court and tie us up in court for the next several months or even year, guess what we're going to Benghazi you, and we're going to be God's you with a whole bunch of hearings because the the bar report. The Muller report is a rich tapestry of a foreign government attack on the. United States that the Trump administration and the Trump candidacy cheered and benefited from. So we'll have those hearings, and that's the Tableau that's being set right here. And I wouldn't bet against I've worked with Jerry Nadler for years during the Clinton impeachment. I've know Jamie Raskin for decades, I wouldn't bet against the skies in that fight these guys know whether they're doing their methodical, they know how to set up hearings at and this is a game that long-term game that I think the Trump White House is going to end up losing they're going to carry this issue rather than putting this issue away in the next six months. They're going to carry this issue in the election, and it's going to cost them you only ever bomb when you're Atlantic cover story came out about impeachment. It was arrested. Everyone's attention. We talked about it here on this program for at least a week or so it created its own sort of surge of interest in impeachment. And then that died down rather dramatically and here it is revived again with the release of the. Redacted version of the mullahs report. And now you see a chairman Nadler every other question, he's asked. Now, somehow includes the word impeachment in that question will this thing that the German general's doing provoke impeachment?.
"judiciary" Discussed on 860AM The Answer
"Judiciary committee voting among party lines to approve attorney general nominee William bar to move forward. He's been cleared by vote to go to the full Senate that's expected next week. Meanwhile, house speaker Nancy Pelosi strongly defending this week's high profile oversight hearings into the Trump administration speaker commenting after the president accused House Democrats going nuts. I think that whatever the president says about us. He's projecting his own unruliness. Several committees are holding hearings this week got among other things. The president's tax returns, the family separation policy, gut laws and acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker. We will not surrender our constitutional responsibility for oversight that would make us delinquent in our duty oversight that the Democrats claim was missing the past two years. Capitol hill. Correspondent Wally Hindes reporting. Acting attorney acting attorney general that is that Winokur says he will not appear before that House Judiciary battle tomorrow unless Dem's present him with a subpoena. Also at townhall dot com. First lady, Melania, Trump, traveling to Maryland to address the community anti-drug coalition of America's annual us leadership forum her signature be best campaign focuses on a number of issues, including the opioid crisis. I have how baby suffering from neonatal abstinence syndrome a result of opioid addiction in pregnant mothers. I have met with mothers like Betty hander son who lost their children to drug abuse. First lady also visiting the office of national drug control policy for a briefing there. A long stretch of I forty in northeastern Arizona affected because of icy conditions. Arizona's Arizona DOT closing eastbound lanes of forty from Hobart over to the New Mexico state line from that storm earlier this week that pushed east across the plains and midwest four.
"judiciary" Discussed on The Lawfare Podcast
"Shorts. January thirty first two thousand nineteen today. An article that we ran this morning on l'affaire entitled what an old Watergate document can teach the House Judiciary committee by me. The chairman of the house committee on the judiciary faced a vexing problem pressure for impeachment was building. But while lots of evidence against the president was public key pieces of it were not they were rather in the hands of a special prosecutor who didn't work for congress. The prosecutor's job was to prosecute crimes not to evaluate the president's fitness for office that ladder job lay with the chairman and his committee who didn't have access to the prosecutor's evidence. So the House Judiciary committee chairman wrote a letter requesting that the evidence be turned over, quote, the house and the judiciary committee are under control. Rolling constitutional obligation and commitment to act expeditiously in carrying out. Their solemn constitutional duty wrote chairman Peter Regino in a letter dated March eighth nineteen seventy four to John, Sarah. The chief judge of the US district court for the district of Columbia. It was Redeina said the quote committee's view that in constitutional terms. It would be unthinkable if this material were kept from the house of representatives in the course of the discharge of its most awesome, constitutional responsibility, unquote. I have a suggestion for Jerry Nadler, the current occupant of regina's old office he should consider taking a page from his predecessors book and formally requesting a referral of possible impeachment material. Not ler. Circumstances are admittedly a bit different from regina's, but the similarities are striking to and regina's course, suggests a way forward for Nadler that is worth serious consideration it boils down to this if Nadler and his committee want the evidence in the hands of special counsel, Robert Muller that is relevant to their performance of their own constitutional function. They should start by formally asking Muller to refer it to them. I ran across regina's letter in a passing reference in my recent research on the Watergate roadmap. The grand jury report that Watergate special prosecutor Leon Jawara ski referred to the House Judiciary committee in nineteen seventy four specifically Ceric mentioned the letter in his opinion approving the transmission of war skis impeachment referral quote. The House Judiciary committee through its chairman has made a formal request for delivery of the report materials the opinion says a footnote in support of this point footnote number four sites the Rudeina letter specifically along with a hearing transcript the national archive has made both of these documents public and we posted them on law. Fair this morning. Let's acknowledge up front the differences between regina's circumstances and Nadler's regina's committee already had an open impeachment inquiry authorized by nearly unanimous four hundred. Ten to four vote in the house of representatives Nadler's committee by contrast has no open impeachment inquiry. Indeed democratic leaders insist they have no plans to impeach President Trump and are waiting on the evidence from Muller before making any decisions about how to proceed as Nadler himself recently. Put it, quote, we have to see what the Muller report says, unquote. He added we have to get the facts, we will see where the facts lead maybe that will lead to impeachment. Maybe it won't it is much too early unquote. Perhaps more importantly Jawara ski. Unlike Muller was ready to provide material to the house, the Watergate grand jury had specifically prepared the report for purposes of transmitting it to the House Judiciary committee in support of the impeachment inquiry by contrast Muller is keeping things. Very quiet. He presumably doesn't want congressional activity to interfere with his investigation. And he's evidently, not look. To jump start congressional investigations that will want to talk to his witnesses. Indeed, it's not even clear if Muller believes he has information that he would want the House Judiciary committee to examine pursuant to its obligations under the impeachment clauses. So if I sit in short to say that at the present time, neither the supply side, nor the demand side of this equation is as mature as it was in nineteen seventy four. And yet as I say the similarities between the situations strike me as alternately more substantial than the differences for one thing. The structural arrangement is very similar once again, the judiciary committee has the impeachment thority, but not the evidence while the prosecutor has the evidence, but not the authority to think beyond the narrowly criminal in critical respects, the current interational of this problem is actually worse than it was in Watergate back then after all the Senate Watergate committee had done its own extensive investigations key witnesses had testified publicly and the broad parameters of the story were thus known..
"judiciary" Discussed on The Beat with Ari Melber
"Pretty component of our significantly restricted funding. Under the under the regulations. Bob muller. Could only be terminated for good cause. And I frankly, it's unimaginable. To me that Bob would ever do anything that gave rise to good cause? Unimaginable. Lawyers are known to be all that imaginative though. And that was not a yes or no bar. Also took a similar tack on another crucial issue. We've been tracking. This is a question that was we know from covering this today suggested to the very top democrat on the Senate Judiciary committee by one of my next guests chairman and congressman Jerrold Nadler, he runs now as I mentioned, the House Judiciary committee. I have two questions from the chairman of the House Judiciary committee. Will you commit to making any report Muller produces at the conclusion of his investigation available to congress and to the public as I said in my statement, I am going to make as much information available as I can consistent with the rules and regulations that are part of the special counsel regulations. With me. Now is as mentioned that congressman Gerald Nadler chair of the House Judiciary committee. Thanks for being here on this day. Did you you put those questions in? They were big at the top of the hearing. What did you think of the answers? I thought the answer was was was not terribly revealing. I mean, the radio he said he would make them public to the extent possible under the regulations the regulations really don't say much about it. So I hope I think it's important that he do the right thing. He comes in under a tremendous cloud or bar. We're coming under tremendous cloud because that memo he wrote applying for the job which expresses great doubt as to legitimacy or the of a large part of the of of the mole investigation. And we certainly hope that he will do what hasn't been done previously. Stand up for them to protect molar stand up to protect the investigation standing up to the president when he tries to intimidate witnesses. When he tries to intimidate the investigation, we hope he will do this. But I don't see any reason really to expect it, and we hope you'll make the report public because the American people need to see that report to know what's going on in to see whether. To know what's going on to see to what extent the president has been compromised compromised and all the questions that that that that we have? And it's important committee needs to see that report to to continue our work. I didn't Mr Chairman he could have said if Bob Muller views the investigation as one that should result in a public report. I will make it public. He didn't say that. You've you this as him laying the groundwork to keep things secret or just trying to keep his options open. I don't really know. I certainly hope he's just keeping his options open. He could very well be laying the groundwork for keeping it secret. That's what his memo would have suggested. But if he wants to go down in history as it depends. What his legacy what he wants his legacy to be. If he wants to go down in history. Someone who helped protect the rule of law in this country. He will wanna make sure that that report is public if he wants to go down. And someone who helped the the degradation of the democratic process in this country. He'll keep it report as privacy. Can he was also pressed about these other investigations the touch on Trump world, including in New York where you are the federal prosecutors at the southern district. Let's look at that exchange chairman. Will you impose any restrictions on other? Prosecutors who were also investigating the president's you're well aware in the southern district of New York..
"judiciary" Discussed on MSNBC Morning Joe
"Ten day to day has been harmful to me and my family to the supreme court into the country. It was nearly nine hours of extremely emotional testimony yesterday from Dr Christine Blasi Ford and supreme court nominee Brett Cavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary committee, will you summed it up on Twitter this morning, writing, quote, in the absence of new evidence? How'd you Collins Murkowski flake at all. Jews between one, a smart poised woman claiming adamantly she was assaulted by Brett Gavin up and to a career public servant with a reputation of integrity and unequivocally. Denying it was him. The committee is scheduled to meet at nine thirty this morning where they are still expected to vote. Welcome to morning Joe. It is Friday, September twenty. Eighth along with Joe Willie and me. We have Republican strategist and MSNBC political analysts, Susan del Rosario, former US attorney for the northern district of Alabama and MSNBC contributor, Joyce fans and Pulitzer. Prize winning columnist and associate editor of the Washington Post and MSNBC political analyst, Eugene Robinson, good to have you all on board what I'll long week. It's been an incredible day, so Emeka. What were your thoughts? And let's start with Dr Ford, extremely compelling, extremely painful. I actually can sum it all up by cried during tiers of my eyes during both opening statements. And let me ask you a question this very socking about yesterday being such an extraordinary day and you were you were you were tearing up there a couple times. I was coughing. Tearing up. When's the last political event? But you can remember where you were tearing up throughout the day. I mean, I've never seen it happen now. Other than of course, every time for it gives us a page. But, but it was such an extraordinary day in and so two. It was so hit why I cried when Brooke gave speeches for completely different reasons. But but yesterday the loan. Yeah, but but what an extraordinary day, what an emotional day and you were hearing up through her testimony. You're tearing up at times through his testimony, just staring at his wife in the on her face. And that was the thing as I was riveted by both saddened by both. Then I would go on Twitter and I would see people like know saying the most horrible things and taking sides, and I felt uncomfortable watching this whole thing, and I, I couldn't help, but to believe every step of the day yesterday that this is exactly what Donald Trump wants and what he's been working for since he decided to run for president, he sows doubt. He defames people and the alums pitting people against each other. And I feel like Democrats and Republicans are falling for whatever whatever joke he has played on this. Entry and I do agree with Bret Cavanaugh. This is a circus and we're not going to get to the truth this way, and I was extremely sad for politics and for the media throughout the day yesterday the bias, actually, if you if you could not watch both of these human beings suffering the way they were suffering and not feel empathy for them than you were so biased. And you were so sold into your political side and you so determined what you were going to believe. Then then you reaction. I shouldn't really shouldn't be replaced, hear what you're saying. But they were you auction to Dr Ford and and the the passion that women feel right now for her. Is due to twelfth. We have a president who has been accused of sexual harassment and assault and claims. He does it and we are, I think, collectively at this point feeling that have to do with what I just said, because one woman is finally stepped up and she's finally being heard, and I think we're collectively responding to everything that has gone wrong in the past few years through her and we believe her we want to hear her. And yet there are facts that are undisputable and here's one of them. There are a lot of questions and challenges to this case. And so it's painful to watch people digging in because I don't think in this arena that we saw yesterday, we will know the truth. And I think the weakness you pointed out in real time was him not saying that he could totally accept an FBI investigation. Okay, let's get to that. I will make my bigger point and I'll say it again..
"judiciary" Discussed on We The People
"Exactly because during that last year of president obama's presidency the senate republicans did a very good job of not doing their job with respect to president obama's nominees most famously when he put forth then chief judge of the dc circuit merrick garland to fill the agency on the supreme court left when justice scalia passed away the senate republicans refuse to give garland a hearing or a vote on his nomination to the supreme court for nearly an entire year leaving this court short during that time so part of the reason there are so many vacancies for trump to fill is because of this obstruction would respect the president obama's nominees now i think that part of the issue that we've seen in this gets a little bit into the weeds of setup procedure but we've had a lot of senators expressed concern that the senate judiciary committee has been in an effort to rapidly confirm these nominees having several court of appeals judges being considered in the same committee hearing the judiciary committee even in some instances nominees going to the judiciary committee even when the home state senators for that seat have not submitted their blue slips which is a senate procedure that indicates that the home state senators have agreed to go forward with these nominees and tradition has been that the senate judiciary committee will not move forward unless you get both blue slips returned from the home state senators so it's a question of both the substance of the nominees that we need to look at it i know we'll talk about that more as well as the process by which these nominees are being confirmed and the constitution sets forth a specific.
"judiciary" Discussed on Diane Rehm: On My Mind
"The two senators from a particular state were a judicial vacancy took place had to consent before the senate judiciary committee would schedule a hearing for a nominee so gave home state senators control at least a veto power over who will become a judge uh in a seat associated with their states and the rules been interpreted differently and enforced more or less vigorously by different judiciary committee chairman but throughout the obama years first under patrick lay he a democrat as chairman and then under a chuck grassley a republican as chairman it was enforced strictly and so that's one of the reasons there were so many openings at the end of the obama years because you had senators like ted cruz in texas who simply would not consent to any sort of compromise pick put up by the obama white house and so the obama white house was not making nominees for judicial seats in texas at all because they would never get a blue slip and so there would be no point in putting someone through that process chuck grassley now that donald trump is president had come under pressure from conservatives to abolish that practice and permit hearings to go forward for trump nominees over the objections or without the consent of home state senators and in fact a wednesday of this week to aid the judiciary committee held a hearing for two p appeals court nominees despite the fact that they did not have a blue slip from one of the senators in there the state where the the judgeship there nominated for comes from and so this is an example of how the white house and its allies in the senate republican majority have assembled and assembly line to keep creating new judges at a very rapid clip and our eliminating potential obsta.