Progressive Briefing for Monday, October 1

Trump accused of rigging FBI's Kavanaugh probe, Sanders demands FBI investigate whether Kavanaugh committed perjury, Las Vegas strip to go dark on one-year anniversary of worst mass shooting in U.S. history, and more.


‘This is a farce, not an investigation’: Trump accused of rigging FBI’s Kavanaugh probe by imposing ‘outrageous’ limits

Just 24 hours after caving to pressure from the Senate and requesting an FBI probe into the sexual assault allegations against his Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump is reportedly already working to impose strict limitations on the scope of the investigation—a move that has been denounced as a flagrant attempt to further rig the process in Kavanaugh’s favor.

Citing multiple anonymous officials briefed on the matter, NBC News reported on Saturday that while “the FBI will examine the allegations of Christine Blasey Ford and Deborah Ramirez, the bureau has 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.”

Las Vegas strip to go dark on one-year anniversary of worst mass shooting in U.S. history

To honor the victims of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, hotels and casinos on the Las Vegas strip will go dark on Monday. Resort owners will turn off the lights on their marquees at 10:01 p.m. in a tribute that will last several minutes.

At 10:05 p.m. on Monday, the names of the victims will be read aloud at the Community Healing Garden, a memorial created in downtown Las Vegas to honor the people who were gunned down.

On October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock locked himself into a 32nd floor suite at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas and opened fire on the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the fairgrounds below the hotel.

‘Lying to Congress is a federal crime’: Sanders demands FBI investigate whether Kavanaugh committed perjury

Matt Damon is a sniffing, shouting Brett Kavanaugh on ‘SNL’ season premiere 

Saturday Night Live kicked off its 44th season in a sketch many of us expected in some form or another: a send-up of the emotionally charged hearings into the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

The show skipped any impression of accuser Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony, starting the scene just before Kavanaugh’s entrance.

“We’ve heard from the alleged victim, but now it’s time to hear from the hero, Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” says Sen. Chuck Grassley, played by cast member Alex Moffat.

Sparking Progressive fury, Tom Perez says DNC would continue to back any Democrat who votes for Kavanaugh

Even as he continues to denounce Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh as an enormous threat to women and declare that the judge’s sham confirmation process is a “vivid illustration” of why it’s crucial for Democrats to retake the Senate in November, Democratic National Committee (DNC) chair Tom Perez outraged progressives on Friday by suggesting that the DNC would continue to stand behind any Democrat who decides to vote yes on Kavanaugh.

Asked by Wall Street Journal reporter Reid Epstein if the DNC would “continue to work to reelect Democratic senators if they vote” for Kavanaugh, Perez briefly ducked and dodged before finally answering, “Of course we’re going to continue.”

Cotton: Feinstein to be investigated over leaked letter from Ford

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s office will be investigated to determine whether it leaked a confidential letter from one of Brett Kavanaugh’s accusers, Sen. Tom Cotton said Sunday.

Cotton, an Arkansas Republican, also said lawyers recommended to Christine Blasey Ford by Democrats will face a Washington, D.C., bar investigation for telling her that Senate Judiciary Committee staffers would not travel to California to interview her about her sexual-assault allegation.

“They have betrayed her,” Cotton said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “She has been victimized by Democrats … on a search-and-destroy mission for Brett Kavanaugh.”


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