Less than 10 seconds into the Kavanaugh hearing, Senator Chuck Grassley was being interrupted by Democrat Senator Kamala Harris. When she stopped talking her colleagues started, and one right after another they interrupted the Kavanaugh hearing like clockwork. Then came the screams and rants from wild audience members. Members of the audience screeched preplanned chants and interrupted at key moments, even earning the ire of Democrat Senator Pat Leahy at one point. It turns out they were scripted too.
Over the weekend, Sen. Schumer and Sen. Durbin hosted a conference call where they coordinated circus like protests from activists. As the cops dragged one protester out, another one as if on cue would start ranting and raving. Dozens were arrested for the interruptions and refusing to leave. At one point Kavanaugh’s daughters were ushered out as the protesters became more radical and insane in their disruptions.
Kavanaugh is going to be confirmed. The question is how low Democrats will sink in the mud to express their disapproval.
Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward are once again forming a one two punch in journalism, but their claims have drawn intense criticism. Bernstein was caught last week lying about his sources when he reported that Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen had dirt on Trump. It turned out, Bernstein’s secret source was Lanny Davis, who later denied that Cohen had any info. Bernstein also lied about reaching out to Davis for comment.
Woodward is being rebuffed by several people quoted in his book, including chief of staff John Kelly. Others have denied purported quotes by Trump about Jeff Sessions among other things. Trump was not interviewed for the book.
Evidence has now come out that DOJ employee Bruce Ohr and dossier author Christopher Steele worked together to try to get Russian oligarchs to implicate Trump in Russian collusion. Ohr’s relationship with Steele has been under the microscope because Ohr continued to funnel information from Steele to the FBI even after the FBI fired Steele. Texts between the two seems to indicate that they had a system down for funneling fake info about Trump to the FBI to keep FISA warrants active.
The new revelation could show not just sloppy and suspect intel gathering practices, but direct obstruction of justice. Ohr’s wife worked for Fusion GPS during this time as well. The question investigators will have to figure out is if the team of Ohr and Steele thought these oligarchs colluded with Trump or if they were just trying to create that dirt to influence the election. The more the idea of Trump Russian collusion slips away, the more the latter seems likely.