- Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson said that a long-running plot by Socialists to take over America was fueling recent allegations of sexual assault against President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court.
- “There’ve been people in this country for a very long time….who don’t like what this country represents,” Carson told an audience of conservative activists.These forces he said, were now “like wet hornets” and “out of control.”
- Carson also expressed concern that the allegations against Kavanaugh might cause people to think twice before accepting positions in government to avoid “their reputation being sullied.”
In written testimony sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee, a third named witness has rejected the allegations made by Judge Kavanaugh’s accuser. Having been asked by a Senate staffer to comment on the charges advanced against the nominee, a lawyer for Leland Ingham Keyser wrote:
Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.
In a letter to the committee, Ford’s lawyers said that she had accepted the request to provide “her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual misconduct next week” after Republicans on the committee set a 2:30 p.m. deadline for her to say whether she would do so. Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, had said a vote would proceed in the absence of a response from Ford’s team by the cutoff time.
Garrett Ventry, 29, who served as a communications aide to the committee chaired by Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, had been helping coordinate the majority party’s messaging in the wake of Christine Blasey Ford’s claim that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago at a high school party. In a response to NBC News, Ventry denied any past “allegations of misconduct.”
Shawn Richard Christy, 26, surrendered after being tracked down to a ravine just north of Route 30 in Mansfield, Ohio, about 4:30 p.m., just three hours after the day’s search began, officials said at a press conference.
Walmart, the biggest U.S. retailer, warned the Trump administration the newest round of tariffs on imported Chinese goods could prompt it to raise prices on products from shampoo to bicycles to food.
“This round of tariffs could impact a significant number of common consumer items that are not easily replaceable,” Sarah F. Thorn, a senior director for global government affairs at Walmart, wrote in a Sept. 6 letter to the U.S. Trade Representative. “The immediate impact will be to raise prices on consumers and tax American business and manufacturers. “
President Trump addressed supporters at a Make America Great Again rally in Las Vegas on Thursday. His campaign-style event came after he canceled a series of rallies last week in the wake of impacts from Hurricane Florence.
Mr. Trump addressed supporters amid ongoing concern over his pick to fill a vacancy on the the United States Supreme Court. The president has spent much of the week defending Judge Brett Kavanaugh as he faces allegations of sexual misconduct stemming from his time as a high school student in the early 1980’s. He told reporters on Wednesday that Kavanaugh was an “extraordinary man” with an “unblemished record.”
It didn’t take long for Kavanaugh apologists to put on their tin foil hats as part of their feverish effort to exonerate Trump’s latest Supreme Court nominee. On Thursday afternoon, the Washington Post published an opinion piece wondering if Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is so “mixed up” that she confused the judge with someone who looked exactly like him. “As crazy as that sounds, it wouldn’t be unheard of,” columnist Kathleen Parker wrote of a possible mistaken identity.