I am not a fan of Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT). He did not disappoint me in the least when it came to the nomination process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh for the Supreme Court. His tactics and attitude are every bit as dishonest and vile as I would expect. Self-awareness is not Blumenthal’s strong suit.
Last week, sandwiched in between two other senators, Blumenthal stated that Kavanaugh should withdraw from the nomination process because, and I quote, “The bar here is not whether you have not criminally assaulted someone; it’s credibility, trust, integrity.” Which Democrats such as Blumenthal would find lacking in virtually any Republican out there. Blumenthal also described Kavanaugh as “evasive” and “seemingly misleading.”
Mind you, this is a man who lied about his military service and is now attacking a judge with a spotless record who is now besieged by baseless claims from 36 years ago by a woman who can’t recall the year it happened, where it happened, when it happened, who hosted the party, who was there, who brought her or who took her home. Her credibility is swiss cheese.
Forget innocent till proven guilty. The very fact that anyone said anything adverse about you as a Republican should make you slink away with your tail between your legs never to be heard from again according to the left. This evidence-free standard that Blumenthal is demanding is hypocritical in the extreme.
He also went on to say that, because of these allegations, “This nomination will not only cast a shadow over Judge Kavanaugh if he were ever to be confirmed … it will also stain the United States Supreme Court irreparably.” Just as they claimed Clarence Thomas would do. What dishonest hogwash.
Blumenthal, a former federal prosecutor, and state attorney general earlier said he is pressing for a full investigation by the FBI into the charges levied against Kavanaugh. “Otherwise we will be shooting in the dark,’’ Blumenthal said. Shoot away senator because the FBI is not going to investigate.
Let’s go back all the way to 2010 when Blumenthal picked up his Senate seat. It was all over the place that he lied about his military service in the Vietnam War. He claimed he was in combat, but in reality, he got a series of deferments from 1965 to 1970 and then joined a reserve unit. That all but guaranteed he wouldn’t see combat and he remained stateside conducting drills and organizing a Toys for Tots drive instead.
So, let me get this straight. Blumenthal allegedly lied about his military service to get into office but he has the nerve to tell everyone that Brett Kavanaugh doesn’t meet his standards for “credibility, trust, integrity” because he denies a single unproven claim of misconduct in high school. Blumenthal has no qualms about destroying Kavanaugh over unfounded claims and allegations. But then again, look how he got elected.
The overwhelming majority of Democrats, including Blumenthal, have voiced their opposition to Kavanaugh’s nomination. Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI), a fellow member of the Judiciary Committee, quipped that Democrats would be “delighted” if Kavanaugh’s nomination was withdrawn. You bet they would. This is all a delay tactic borne of obstructionism.
Blumenthal stated from the get-go that he would not vote for Kavanaugh. His questioning during the nomination of Kavanaugh centered around abortion and was very confrontational and rude.
Ms. Ford has shown incredible bravery in coming forward. Now that she has made her story public, I am committed to ensuring that she is heard, that her safety is protected, & that she is treated with respect.
— Richard Blumenthal (@SenBlumenthal) September 16, 2018
From the CT Mirror over Kavanaugh’s nomination:
“Blumenthal said the dissent in the Garza case – in which Kavanaugh said his colleagues on the bench had decided “that unlawful immigrant minors have a right to immediate abortion on demand” — was a coded message to the White House. Blumenthal said the phrase “abortion on demand” is used by “the anti-abortion community to refer to repeal of Roe v. Wade.”
“Blumenthal said Kavanaugh wanted to make clear he could pass the “litmus test” President Donald Trump used in seeking a new Supreme Court justice — someone who would give the high court the majority needed to overturn Roe v. Wade.
“Kavanaugh said that was not the case. He said he was chosen to fill the seat of retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy because “various people said I should be considered,” including White House Counsel Don McGahn who sat behind Kavanaugh as the nominee was in the hot seat for more than 10 hours Wednesday.
“I appreciated their support,” Kavanaugh said of those White House staffers.
“Kavanaugh also said the teen’s age in the Garza case was critical to his ruling and that the Supreme Court has upheld parental consent laws that can delay abortions.
“Blumenthal also tried to wrest a commitment from Kavanaugh to recuse himself from any Supreme Court cases involving Trump’s potential criminal or civil liability. Blumenthal said it would be a conflict of interest for Kavanaugh to rule in a case directly affecting the president who named him to the high court.
“We’re in uncharted territory,” Blumenthal said.
“Kavanaugh refused to make any commitment, saying it would undermine his independence as a judge to say whether he would recuse himself.
“Blumenthal said he was “troubled and disturbed” by Kavanaugh’s response.”
And there was much, much more after that. Blumenthal is going all out to block Kavanaugh. Self-awareness and ethics be damned.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal says Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the Supreme Court "should be withdrawn."
— ABC News (@ABC) September 19, 2018
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Newly Released Emails Confirm FBI Tried To Work Deal With State Dept To Minimize Hillary Email Scandal
The insanity never seems to end and once again the great Judicial Watch is doing Congress’ oversight job! It’s time arrests start happening.
Newly released FBI emails obtained via a Freedom of Information Act request confirm that James Comey’s FBI attempted to work out a quid pro quo deal with the Obama State Department to help cover up the Hillary Clinton private email server scandal just weeks before the 2016 election.
Back in October 15, 2016, Fox News first reported on the deal but full confirmation did not come until this week when the government watchdog group Judicial Watch released FBI communication related to the deal.
“FBI interview summaries and notes, provided late Friday to the House Government Oversight and Intelligence Committees, contain allegations of a ‘quid pro quo’ between a senior State Department executive and FBI agents during the Hillary Clinton email investigation, two congressional sources told Fox News,” Herridge and Browne reported in 2016. “This is a flashing red light of potential criminality,” Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah) told Fox News at the time. “In return for altering the classification, the possibility of additional slots for the FBI at missions overseas was discussed,” he said.
Fox News reported on Monday that over two years later, the allegation that the FBI and State Department floated a “quid pro quo” deal has now been confirmed, and it originated with the FBI:
The trove of documents turned over by the FBI, in response to a lawsuit by the transparency group Judicial Watch, also included discussions by former FBI lawyer Lisa Page concerning a potential quid pro quo between the State Department and the FBI — in which the FBI would agree to effectively hide the fact that a Clinton email was classified in exchange for more legal attache positions that would benefit the FBI abroad, and allow them to send more agents to countries where the FBI’s access is ordinarily restricted.
The quid pro quo would have involved the FBI providing some other public reason for withholding the Clinton email from disclosure amid a Freedom of Information Act request, besides its classification level. There are no indications the proposed arrangement ever took place.
And, in the face of mounting criticism aimed at the FBI, the documents revealed that Comey quoted the 19th century poet Ralph Waldo Emerson by assuring his subordinates, “To be great is to be misunderstood.”
The FBI did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the released emails.
Read the full report via Fox News
WATCH: Trump Slams Pelosi On Wall, Kneeling NFL Players In Pre-Super Bowl Interview
In President Trump’s pre-Super Bowl interview with CBS News, he slammed Rep. Nancy Pelosi on the wall, as well as NFL players who kneel during the National Anthem. He was in fine form. He nailed Pelosi at the beginning of the interview and then took on the NFL and kneeling at the 15:40 mark. Trump also took extreme exception with those who are second-guessing his decision to pull American troops out of both Syria and Afghanistan.
In the interview, Trump also briefly discussed football. He said he would not push his son Barron to play the game, knowing the risk of long term brain injury. He also pointed out that soccer is becoming more popular as a sport.
But it’s his flaying of Pelosi that was riveting. President Trump referred to Nancy Pelosi as “very rigid” and intimated that he may sidestep Congress to get the wall built by declaring a national emergency. Rumor has it that an executive order is ready and awaiting his signature. At least Trump didn’t call Pelosi “frigid” although that certainly came to mind.
“I think that [Pelosi] was very rigid — which I would expect — but I think she is very bad for our country,” Trump told reporter Margaret Brennan. “She knows that you need a barrier. She knows that we need border security. She wanted to win a political point. I happen to think it’s very bad politics because basically, she wants open borders. She doesn’t mind human trafficking or she wouldn’t do this.”
“She can keep playing her games, but we will win. Because we have a much better issue. On a political basis, what she’s doing is — I actually think it’s bad politics, but much more importantly it’s very bad for our country,” he stated.
“You know, there have been plenty of national emergencies called,” Trump explained. “And this really is an invasion of our country by human traffickers.”
Trump wasn’t anywhere near done. She “doesn’t mind human trafficking,” Trump added, torching Pelosi very nicely.
From The Daily Wire:
“As for the kneeling NFL players, Trump believes the recent boost in NFL ratings proves he was right that anti-racism protests were souring Americans on professional football. Trump also believes he’s made progress handling some NFL players’ complaints. “A lot of people in the NFL have been calling and thanking me,” he said, referring to his part in efforts to reform the criminal justice system and grant clemency to a number of federal prisoners serving long sentences for drug crimes.
“You have to respect our flag and our country. I want that as president and I’d want that as a citizen. And I have a very good relationship. I did them a big favor in negotiating the USMCA, which is basically the replacement to NAFTA, which is one of the worst trade deals ever made,” Trump said. “And Roger Goodell, this is a dispute that has gone on for years. Roger Goodell called me and he thanked me.”
“In a final interview, which aired just before the game, Trump touted his plan to withdraw American military forces from Syria and Afghanistan, noting that the United States’ commitment to the two countries won’t be dimmed by a change in troop presence.
“We’ll come back if we have to,” Trump said.
“We have very fast airplanes, we have very good cargo planes. We can come back very quickly, and I’m not leaving,” Trump added, hammering in the possibility that American troops could easily re-deploy to the region. “We have a base in Iraq and the base is a fantastic edifice. I mean I was there recently, and I couldn’t believe the money that was spent on these massive runways. And these — I’ve rarely seen anything like it. And it’s there. And we’ll be there. And frankly, we’re hitting the caliphate from Iraq and as we slowly withdraw from Syria.”‘
This isn’t the first time President Trump has given an interview before the Super Bowl. He’s done it a number of times now. His State of the Union Address this week promises surprises but will also touch on these issues.