President Trump has chimed in several times with his opinion on the Judge Kavanaugh nomination process controversy. After the hearings, he praised Judge Kavanaugh for his heated and impassioned response. Now, he has stepped into the investigation in a different way.
As of now, the FBI has not received any new instructions from officials at the White House regarding how to proceed with their week-long investigation into Judge Kavanaugh and the Dr. Christine Blasey Ford sexual assault allegations.
Anonymous sources within the White House have said that after the Saturday night tweet from the president his stance has remained the same. He is fine with the FBI investigating whomever they feel is appropriate. Right now this does not include Julie Swetnik who is the most recent sexual assault accuser against Judge Kavanaugh.
NBC News reported,
Also not on the list, the sources say, are former classmates who have contradicted Kavanaugh’s account of his college alcohol consumption, instead describing him as a frequent, heavy drinker. The FBI is also not authorized to interview high school classmates who could shed light on what some people have called untruths in Kavanaugh’s Senate Judiciary Committee testimony about alleged sexual references in his high school yearbook.
The sources said nothing would preclude the FBI from asking Kavanaugh’s high school friend Mark Judge, who is on the witness list, about Swetnick’s allegations, but the sources stressed that this is not a top priority.
Separately, a White House official made clear that the White House is the client in this process. This is not an FBI criminal investigation — it is a background investigation in which the FBI is acting on behalf of the White House. Procedurally, the White House does not allow the FBI to investigate as it sees fit, the official acknowledged; the White House sets the parameters.
Trump announced on Twitter late Saturday that the White House had placed no limitation on the FBI’s ability to investigate the allegations against Kavanaugh.
“I want them to interview whoever they deem appropriate, at their discretion,” Trump tweeted in response to an NBC News report citing multiple people familiar with the process who said the White House was limiting the scope of the reopened background investigation of Kavanaugh.
While the FBI will examine the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, the bureau had not been permitted to investigate the claims of Julie Swetnick, who has accused Kavanaugh of engaging in sexual misconduct at parties while he was a student at Georgetown Preparatory School in the 1980s, those people familiar with the investigation told NBC News.
A White House official had confirmed earlier Saturday that Swetnick’s claims would not be pursued as part of the reopened background investigation into Kavanaugh. Trump described that as incorrect in a tweet late Saturday. The Wall Street Journal had also reported that Swetnick’s allegations would not be investigated.
Trump said the FBI had “free rein” in the investigation.
“They’re going to do whatever they have to do,” he said. “Whatever it is they do, they’ll be doing—things that we never even thought of. And hopefully at the conclusion everything will be fine.”
The New York Times reported Saturday night, after Trump’s tweet, that the White House has authorized the FBI to interview four witnesses: Judge; Leland Keyser, a high school friend of Ford’s whom she said attended the party but was not told of the assault; P.J. Smyth, another party guest; and Ramirez, the Yale accuser.
Ford said in Senate testimony Thursday that she was “100 percent” certain that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were both in high school. Ramirez alleged that he exposed himself to her when there were students at Yale. Kavanaugh has staunchly denied allegations from Ford, Ramirez and Swetnick.
Instead of investigating Swetnick’s claims, the White House counsel’s office has given the FBI a list of witnesses they are permitted to interview, according to several people who discussed the parameters on the condition of anonymity. They characterized the White House instructions as a significant constraint on the FBI investigation and caution that such a limited scope, while not unusual in normal circumstances, may make it difficult to pursue additional leads in a case in which a Supreme Court nominee has been accused of sexual assault.
The limited scope seems to be at odds with what some members of the Senate judiciary seemed to expect when they agreed to give the FBI as much as a week to investigate allegations against Kavanaugh, a federal judge who grew up in the Washington DC area and attended an elite all-boys high school before going on to Yale.
President Donald Trump said on Saturday that the FBI has “free rein” in the investigation. “They’re going to do whatever they have to do,” he said. “Whatever it is they do, they’ll be doing — things that we never even thought of. And hopefully at the conclusion everything will be fine.”
The president also said he thinks Flake’s role in delaying the vote is fine. “Actually this could be a blessing in disguise,” Trump continued. “Because having the FBI go out, do a thorough investigation, whether its three days or seven days, I think it’s going to be less than a week. But having them do a thorough investigation, I actually think will be a blessing in disguise. It’ll be a good thing.”
“I don’t need a backup plan,” Trump said, adding that he thinks Kavanaugh is “going to be fine.”
Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said Saturday that he supports the week-long scope of the investigation. “The FBI works at the direction of the White House in investigating the background of an administration nominee like Judge Kavanaugh,” he told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes at Global Citizen Festival in New York. “So it’s the White House Counsel or the president who says, ‘This is the scope of the further investigation.'”
Senator Jeff Flake who is from Arizona, and a well-known flip-voter, came in at the 11th hour and indicates that he wanted an FBI investigation completed before a vote takes place on the Senate Floor. His Democratic colleague Senator Whitehouse indicated he wanted an investigation to include adequate staffing as well as rapid immunity and subpoena decisions.
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Sanders To Cut Staffer’s Hours To Pay $15 Min Wage – This Is His Plan For America
It should be glaringly apparent what a flaming, red hypocrite comrade Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is. He has demanded a $15 an hour minimum wage and more unionization for years. He has unionized his workers and is now paying them $15 an hour – he’s also cut his staffers’ hours to compensate for this move. Note to Sanders: that’s not what your supporters wanted.
The union contract that Sanders negotiated resulted in a flat annual salary of $36,000 for field staffers. In a normal 40-hour work week, that would pay about $17 per hour. But some staffers say they work up to 60 hours a week, meaning their pay ends up being about $13 per hour. Thus, Sanders will limit staffers’ hours to ensure they get at least $15 an hour. In the end, this means they will make less, not more working for the elderly socialist. Doing Moscow proud.
“We look forward to continuing those discussions and obviously are disappointed that some individuals decided to damage the integrity of these efforts before they were concluded,” said Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir in a statement to Newsweek. “As these discussions continue, we are limiting hours so no employee is receiving less than $15 for any hours worked.”
Do these guys realize just how bad this makes them look? I doubt it… self-awareness is not their strong suit, to say the least. It never is for communists.
Bernie Sanders says his campaign will limit the hours staffers work so they are paid the equivalent of $15 an hour. “I’m very proud to be the first presidential candidate to recognize a union and negotiate a union contract,” he told me. https://t.co/IBJdMiIIIu
— Brianne Pfannenstiel (@brianneDMR) July 19, 2019
From The Daily Wire:
“Shakir also told Newsweek that the campaign had offered to give field organizers a raise — to $42,000 annually, but the offer was rejected because staffers would have had to work six days a week. That salary also would have forced them “to pay more of their own health care costs,” Newsweek reported.
“The Des Moines Register reported that Sanders complained that staffers were going to the press instead of keeping their concerns internal.
“I’m very proud to be the first presidential candidate to recognize a union and negotiate a union contract,” Sanders told the outlet. “And that contract was ratified by the employees of the campaign, and it not only provides pay of at least $15 an hour, it also provides, I think, the best health care benefits that any employer can provide for our field organizers.”
“It does bother me that people are going outside of the process and going to the media,” he added. “That is really not acceptable. It is really not what labor negotiations are about, and it’s improper.”
I can't stop thinking of how stupid this is. Limiting hours so you can raise wages has literally no effect on how much your employees make. Only benefit is you being able to say you pay them $15 an hour. Beyond cynical. https://t.co/UdlxUBIhvA
— neontaster (@neontaster) July 21, 2019
“Sanders had previously expressed his dismay with press leaks ahead of his trip to Iowa this weekend.
“We are disappointed that some individuals have decided to damage the integrity of these efforts. We are involved in negotiations. And some are individuals that have decided to damage the integrity of that process before they were concluded,” he said.
“What Sanders is experiencing is exactly what he wants to foist onto millions of Americans and their employers. His staffers were salaried, but hourly workers will also see their hours cut in order to ensure they’re paid $15 per hour. As for negotiations, those demanding better working conditions routinely go to the press. They also sometimes hold strikes that are guaranteed to get media coverage. For Sanders to complain about how things are going in his campaign shows he hasn’t truly thought through the consequences of his policies.”
This reminds me of that take about how farmers in the USSR had more vacation time than people in the US now.
The point of raising the minimum wage is that so PEOPLE MAKE MORE MONEY, not make the same amount of money and have 3 days off a week, you dolt. https://t.co/QZlu9cNtDD
— neontaster (@neontaster) July 21, 2019
What’s a socialist to do? They want higher pay and free healthcare. In fact, they don’t really even want to work. They want their student loans paid and wages given to them whether they earn them or not. These people are worthless and hopeless. Sanders would set the minimum wage at $15 an hour for all Americans causing unemployment to soar if he got the chance.
Sanders’ minions are not happy and conservatives are savaging him over this:
“For the first time in his life, socialist Bernie Sanders practices economics and, buddy, the results are hilarious,” wrote columnist and humorist Stephen Miller. He added: “Why won’t millionaire Bernie Sanders, who owns 3 homes, instead of cutting hours, pay his staff a living wage? People are starving.”
Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw lambasted the discord in the Sanders’ campaign and says it is beyond parody: “So does this fall under the category of hypocrisy, irony, or poetic justice?” Crenshaw asked. “All three? Can’t make this stuff up.” Lol.
“This situation is an instructive example of the downside of more than doubling the minimum wage,” wrote The Blaze’s Aaron Colen. “Companies don’t just suddenly get more money to pay employees. They have to make tough decisions; usually either cutting hours or worse, cutting staff.” Gee, reality bites… doesn’t it Bernie?
“This is just *chef’s kiss*.” Ben Shapiro wrote, “In which Bernie Sanders learns about economics.” Too true, except he’ll never learn.
Speaking on “America’s Newsroom,” Charles Payne said Sanders “blew a hole in his own $15 an hour minimum wage argument,” adding that he is paying his staff “what the market would bear.”
“There is a maximum amount of time you can work, some people may lose their jobs, I think Bernie may actually blew a hole in his own $15 an hour minimum wage argument,” Payne said.
“Needless to say, I think Bernie learned a valuable lesson, and by the way, his campaign doesn’t generate revenue.”
No, he didn’t. Of course, Sanders sees this as some form of communist morality… not a dollars and cents issue. And that is exactly why he will never be president thank goodness.
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General Hospital Star Asks Ivanka If Her Daughter’s New Puppy Is A Nazi Yet
It seems that the left can’t ever stop their lunatic behavior. Here we have a woman who we’ve never heard of claiming to be a star. She wants her 15 minutes.
It’s amazing how the left connects having a dog to being a Nazi and that America never had a border until President Trump got elected. This is how stupid these people are, folks.
These people are getting worse every day. Their hatred for Trump literally has them foaming at the mouth. This psychotic behavior is only strengthening our side. Just wait until the landslide victory in 2020.
Soap star Nancy Lee Grahn reiterated her disdain for the Trump family in a tweet posted Sunday, smearing White House Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump as a Nazi after she posted a picture of her family’s new dog, Winter.
Trump tweeted a photo of her family’s newest furry addition – or what she called “Arabella’s birthday dream come true” – in a tweet to her 6.7 million Twitter followers Saturday. Grahn pounced and went on the attack.
“How darling. I see you skipped a rescue and went straight to an Aryan breeder. Does it sit and sieg heil yet?” Grahn said, making a clear Nazi reference.
How darling. I see you skipped a rescue and went straight to an Aryan breeder. Does it sit and sieg heil yet?
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) July 21, 2019
The General Hospital star has long been an outspoken opponent of the Trump family. Last week, Grahn called Trump an “evidenced lunatic” who has “mortifyingly not been impeached yet” due to Republicans in the Senate.
Shouldn’t have to say this, but the ONLY reason an evidenced lunatic has mortifyingly not been impeached yet is entirely due to every Republican in the Senate sans 1. They are what’s wrong with us.
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) July 17, 2019
Last month, the Santa Barbara actress came under fire after posting a picture of kids in migrant shelters wrapped in aluminum blankets and blaming it squarely on the Trump administration. Some social media users, however, quickly noticed that she cropped out the date, hiding the fact that the photo was taken during the Obama administration.
“Trump administration is forcing children 2 sleep on cement floor with an aluminum blanket & lights on all night,” she tweeted. “Sarah Fabian from DOJ argued in court that it was good enough & soap was unnecessary. Companies making 750 a kid a day to torture them.”
Trump administration is forcing children 2 sleep on cement floor with an aluminum blanket & lights on all night. Sarah Fabian from DOJ argued in court that it was good enough & soap was unnecessary. Companies making 750 a kid a day to torture them. pic.twitter.com/XuNIVZwkJW
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) June 21, 2019
Your words seem to be a direct misrepresentation of the photos.. pic.twitter.com/BorgxQESRY
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) June 24, 2019
Oh look, the time stamp. pic.twitter.com/KgN4OlLXpn
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) June 24, 2019
Grahn eventually admitted that the photos were taken during the Obama administration but refused to back down.
“Had I noticed that, I would’ve clearly realized that it was from the Obama administration because he, unlike Trump, didn’t have a policy of separating children from their parents. Only a monster would do that,” she tweeted in part.
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) June 25, 2019
Trump signed an executive order ending family separations last June, telling reporters: “We’re going to have strong, very strong borders, but we’re going to keep the families together.”
“I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated,” he added.
Despite the cries from Grahn and other left-wing celebrities, the “cages” the left frequently refers to were set up and utilized by the Obama administration.
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