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Kavanaugh drama rattles GOP support

Republicans signal they will wait to pass judgment on the Supreme Court nominee until hearing from him and an accuser later this week.<p>Senate Republicans have gone from confidently predicting the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court to a new message: It all comes down to Thursday.<p>The …

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Kavanaugh denies sexual assault allegations on Fox News

Judge Brett Kavanaugh on Monday took to cable news to offer another forceful defense against allegations of sexual assault from his time in high school and college that are imperiling his odds of ascending to the Supreme Court.<p>“I’m not going anywhere,” Kavanaugh, accompanied by his wife, Ashley …

Hillary Clinton

Most GOP lawmakers silent about Rosenstein's future

Most Republicans on Capitol Hill had little to say Monday as conflicting reports swirled about the fate of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the ongoing Russia investigation helmed by special counsel Robert Mueller.<p>President Donald Trump's top allies, who have long excoriated Rosenstein's …

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Ford to Grassley: ‘My fear will not hold me back from testifying’

Christine Blasey Ford told Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) in a personal letter penned Saturday that her sole motivation in bringing a sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh is “to tell the truth” about what the Supreme Court nominee did.<p>Ford’s letter to Grassley, …

Chuck Grassley

Women's caucus rebels against Pelosi's grip

A battle is underway for control of a group of House Democratic women as it tries to assert itself against President Donald Trump.<p>Nancy Pelosi for years has quietly installed her allies at the helm of Democratic groups in Congress — another show of her complete command over the House Democratic …

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Kavanaugh confirmation in renewed peril after second assault claim

In a statement the nominee made to The New Yorker and released by the White House, he called the allegation a ‘smear’ that ‘did not happen.’<p>Brett Kavanaugh's prospects of being confirmed to the Supreme Court suffered another major setback on Sunday night when a second woman accused him of sexual …

Republicans

House GOP rushes to adjourn by Friday

Republican lawmakers want to be home campaigning for an increasingly challenging midterm, but Trump could be a wild card in their plans.<p>With the Supreme Court drama dominating the headlines, House Republican leaders are quietly preparing to adjourn at the end of this week until after the midterm …

Republicans

Kavanaugh accuser agrees to testify before Senate panel

Another allegation of sexual assault by the judge emerged Sunday evening.<p>The Senate Judiciary Committee on Sunday officially scheduled a Thursday-morning hearing for Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh to publicly testify about Ford’s sexual assault allegation against the Supreme Court …

Republicans

Hirono: 'I believe' Kavanaugh accuser

Sen. Mazie Hirono said she trusts Christine Blasey Ford’s account of a sexual assault by Brett Kavanaugh more than three decades ago and that she and many of her fellow Senate Democrats don’t trust everything he told them.<p>“I believe her, let’s put it that way. There’s credibility to her story,” …

Chuck Grassley

Graham: Ford’s testimony won’t change my vote

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sunday the testimony of Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser won’t change his mind, no matter what she says.<p>“You can’t bring it in a criminal court, you would never sue civilly, you couldn’t even get a warrant,” Graham said on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace. “What am I supposed …

Lindsey Graham

Woman denies attending party where alleged Kavanaugh assault occurred

A woman whom Christine Blasey Ford said was at a party where Ford claimed she was sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh is denying that she knows the Supreme Court nominee.<p>In an email to the Senate Judiciary Committee sent Saturday evening and obtained by POLITICO, Leland Keyser said she does not …

Senate Judiciary Committee

Senate Judiciary Committee tentatively agrees to Thursday hearing with Kavanaugh accuser

Details remain, but Christine Blasey Ford has accepted a deal to testify on her allegation that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school.<p>The Senate Judiciary Committee tentatively agreed to a hearing on Thursday with Christine Blasey Ford regarding her allegation …

Senate Judiciary Committee

Rosenstein's Hill tormentors surprisingly cautious after bombshell report

Some Republicans fear it would only help Democrats in the midterms if he's fired now.<p>Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s critics on Capitol Hill aren't calling for his head — at least for now.<p>President Donald Trump’s top congressional allies have spent months building a case for Rosenstein’s …

House Intelligence Committee

GOP aide working on Kavanaugh confirmation resigns amid past harassment claim

Garrett Ventry, a Senate Judiciary Committee spokesperson brought on to help shepherd Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination, has resigned amid a past allegation of sexual harassment, a committee spokesperson confirmed.<p>“Garrett was one of several temporary staff brought on to assist in the …

Sexual Harassment

Hill leaders consider $1.5 billion in aid to Carolinas

Capitol Hill leaders are in talks to send more than $1.5 billion in immediate disaster aid to North and South Carolina as soon as next week, according to three people familiar with the talks.<p>Lawmakers from both states, which have been heavily flooded by Hurricane Florence, are pushing for a rapid …

South Carolina

Biden: Kavanaugh accuser 'should not have to go through what Anita Hill went through'

Former Vice President Joe Biden said Friday that Christine Blasey Ford “should not have to go through what Anita Hill went through” if she chooses to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegation that she was sexually assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.<p>“She …

Senate Judiciary Committee

Biden confronts the ghost of Anita Hill

‘It’s not going to be something he can charm out of. I think in 2018, you can’t just smile it away,’ said one Democrat.<p>Joe Biden began the month by kissing foreheads and preaching unity at a breezy Labor Day march in Pittsburgh. He will end it under question about whether his decades-old record in …

Joe Biden

Trump on Kavanaugh accusations: 'Why didn't somebody call the FBI 36 years ago?'

President Donald Trump on Thursday night questioned why "somebody" did not contact the FBI 36 years ago when Christine Blasey Ford alleges she was sexually assaulted by Brett Kavanaugh, now a Supreme Court nominee.<p>"You could say, 'Why didn't someone call the FBI 36 years ago?'" Trump told Fox News …

Donald Trump

Dems: We'll probe Kavanaugh allegations if we win in November

Congressional Democrats are threatening to investigate sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh from the highest bench in the land should he be confirmed without a probe and the party reclaim Congress.<p>Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) said that “as soon as Democrats get gavels,” the party …

South Carolina lawmaker jokes about sexual assault amid Kavanaugh allegations

Rep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) on Thursday mocked the sexual assault allegation a California woman made against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, joking that the latest update had brought new allegations against Abraham Lincoln.<p>"Did y'all hear the latest, late-breaking news from the Kavanaugh …

South Carolina

Kavanaugh accuser leans on Democratic operative for advice

Christine Blasey Ford is looking to Ricki Seidman, who helped prepare Anita Hill, to help her navigate a potential hearing.<p>Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were both teenagers, is being advised by Democratic …

U.S. Supreme Court

Ex-aides in Hill sexual harassment scandals tell Congress: Finalize a misconduct deal

Seven women who have come forward about experiencing sexual harassment while they worked in Congress made a public plea Thursday for lawmakers to finalize a deal to strengthen Capitol Hill’s misconduct policing system.<p>In a letter to congressional leaders, a copy of which was shared with POLITICO, …

Sexual Harassment

Rubio: Kavanaugh vote should move forward even if accuser does not testify

Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday that the California woman who has accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault should not be criticized if she does not testify on Monday, but he said the Senate must move forward with its consideration of the Supreme Court nominee regardless of her decision.<p>The Florida …

Marco Rubio

Kavanaugh saga sets Washington rumor mill on fire

Activists, reporters and White House officials are consumed with a barrage of rumors, hearsay and tantalizing tips about a Supreme Court nominee and his accuser.<p>It is the tweet that launched a thousand rumors.<p>On Tuesday evening, Ed Whelan, a conservative activist and legal commentator, posted a …

U.S. Supreme Court

Grassley in firing line on Kavanaugh assault allegation

The curmudgeonly Iowa Republican's legacy is at stake as he navigates both sides of the Supreme Court nomination chaos.<p>Sen. Chuck Grassley has cultivated a decadeslong reputation for protecting whistleblowers and fighting for government transparency. Now he’s plunging into the harrowing task of …

U.S. Supreme Court

Democratic rebels try to change rules on Pelosi

A group of House Democrats is trying to change party rules to require 218 Democratic votes alone for their speaker nominee, a shot at Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.<p>The group, led by Reps. Ed Perlmutter (D-Colo.) and Kathleen Rice (D-N.Y.), among others, wants to force a vote on a Democratic Caucus …

Warren slams Mulvaney for donor meeting

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) suggested Wednesday that Mick Mulvaney, acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, may have violated federal law by speaking to a group of donors, in the latest of a series of stinging letters to the Trump administration official.<p>Warren questioned …

GOP presses Kavanaugh vote with accuser's testimony in doubt

Republicans painted Christine Blasey Ford's request to have the FBI examine the allegations as a delay tactic.<p>Republican senators are giving Christine Blasey Ford a stark choice as they prepare to weigh her sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh: Talk to us on Monday, or risk losing your …

Congressional Committees

Kavanaugh crisis bonds Trump with wary GOP

The president has often crossed signals and outright clashed with congressional Republicans and conservative activists, but the fight to save his Supreme Court nominee has them working in unusual unison.<p>The scramble to save the Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination is the first real test of …

Donald Trump

Dems ask McGahn if he knew of Kavanaugh assault claim

Three Democratic senators on Tuesday questioned whether White House counsel Don McGahn knew of any sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh at any time during his nomination process.<p>The senators — Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Doug Jones of Alabama and …

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