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NBC Releases All Former Employees from Their Non-Disclosure Agreements so They Can Bring Charges of Sexual Misconduct

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On Friday, NBC made a big announcement.

Following the recent release of Catch and Kill — Ronan Farrow’s book accusing the Peacock of squashing stories and trying to cover up claims against Matt Lauer — NBCUniversal has said they’ll release all alleged victims of sexual shenanigans from their non-disclosure agreements.

As per a statement read by Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, all former employees will be released upon request.

Here’s the statement, in part:

Any former NBC News employee who believes that they cannot disclose their experience with sexual harassment as a result of a confidentiality or non-disparagement provision in their separation agreement should contact NBCUniversal and we will release them from that perceived obligation.


Rachel also clarified, oddly, that there was nothing in the NDA to start with that would legally prevent any whistleblowing where sexual misconduct is concerned.

Ronan’s charged the network of killing the Harvey Weinstein story (which he later took to The New Yorker) — please see here.

However, NBC says there was already a twelve-page report done on their handling of the Weinstein situation, and there will be no further review:

Over a year ago, NBC News released a twelve-page, transparent accounting of the Weinstein reporting. … Once again, we stand by it.

But some in the media are calling Hogwash: Several notable women — including Megyn Kelly, Linda Vester, Addie Zinone, Greta Van Susteren, Eleanor McManus and Gretchen Carlson — have signed a letter touting further investigation:

Certain network executives have enabled a corporate culture of widespread sexual harassment and abuse, and are still trying to cover it up today. [NBC parent company Comcast] must prove to its shareholders that it will pursue the truth on behalf of NBC staffers. If necessary, it should remove executives who have abused or silenced women.

NBC’s 2017 internal probe after Matt Lauer was fired found no “contrary evidence” that he’d done anything wrong prior to November 27th — 48 hours before he was fired.

As pointed out by The Daily Caller, reporter Sil Lai Abrams, who charges that NBC muted her rape allegation, took to Twitter Friday to give a tenth of a High Five to the network, with the remaining ninety percent still pending:

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here.

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It’s #MeToo’s second birthday. Should you celebrate?

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It was just about two years ago that Alyssa Milano sent out her #MeToo tweet, setting off an avalanche of (mostly) women sharing their stories of sexual assault and harassment. Many famous and influential men in both entertainment, banking and the media were brought down, while others were accused but either turned out to be innocent or were largely forgiven. (See Chris Hardwick for an example of the latter.) With some time to put all of this in perspective, was it all worth it?

That’s the question being tackled by Joanna Williams of the University of Kent, UK in the Daily Mail this week. While acknowledging that the movement has dragged legitimate abusers out into the light and made it easier for women to come forward, she argues that #MeToo also developed a dark side that can’t be ignored.

Two small words. That’s all it took to create a new religion — one that has sparked witch-hunts, ruined reputations and fostered a climate of suspicion that shows no signs of waning…

While it is true that the movement has made it easier for women — including Hollywood stars Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Cara Delevingne, plus many thousands more worldwide — to speak out about sexual harassment, I firmly believe that its second birthday is not something to celebrate unquestioningly.

It may have made some men think twice before behaving like lecherous idiots, but I fear it has also had a ruinous impact on everyday relationships, undermined our centuries-old justice system and led to the suicide of a British politician.

Williams goes on to point out that what started with credible accusations of sexual assault and harassment sometimes veered off into rumor and hearsay. She points out that we witnessed a tidal shift in online debates where the only acceptable response to each allegation was “to believe, without question or criticism, the accuser.” In short, #MeToo set up a court with tens of millions of judges and jurors, but no defense attorneys, where everyone was guilty until proven innocent.

The author points out another negative consequence of all this in the form of the definition of sexual assault being undermined and eroded. Do you remember what happened to comedian Aziz Ansari? Williams summarizes it as follows:

In one of the most frivolous cases to go viral, comedian Aziz Ansari almost had his career ruined after a woman he once dated complained online she felt his pattern of behaviour was coercive.

Among her claims were that he left a restaurant too early, poured her red wine instead of white and tried to kiss her when her ‘non-verbal cues’ told him she wasn’t up for it.

Williams also tells the story of MP Damian Green, whose career was upended when a female journalist accused him of “fleetingly touching her knee” a decade earlier. The list goes on.

So as you reflect on the Me Too movement two years on, it’s certainly worth applauding all of the legitimate culprits have been brought to light (and in some cases prosecuted) and all of the women who were able to get some closure and realize they didn’t need to suffer in silence. But at the same time, we should remain aware that every rich meal can come with a few poison pills if we’re not careful. And #MeToo has had its fair share of those as well.

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MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Takes On His Own Network Over Harvey Weinstein

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While I expect that very few people around these parts are huge fans of Chris Hayes, you do have to appreciate it when someone steps up and shows courage in the face of their employer’s negligence. In this particular case, Hayes gave a closing monologue on his show, All In w/ Chris Hayes, to discuss NBC News’ spiking of Ronan Farrow’s Harvey Weinstein story.

Hayes does take a swipe at President Donald Trump and the Republican Party, but notes that when it comes to ignoring the abuses of your own side, it’s not limited to Republicans.

As Huffington Post’s Yashar Ali notes in the tweet above, Hayes is doing this despite it being his own news network he’s speaking out against and the fact that at least one of the top guys as NBC News doesn’t seem to like him or his show.

Hayes is referring in this clip to Ronan Farrow’s new book, Catch and Kill, which details not only the story of Harvey Weinstein and other top abusers in the entertainment world (like NBC’s Matt Lauer), but the story of how NBC News pressured him to drop the story, afraid of the pressure that a powerful man like Weinstein could put on their company.

Farrow’s work in this area has been eye-opening to the abuses of women by men in power, and how much entire industries are willing to cover for in order to continue getting power, influence, and money. The reporting was so thorough that the supposed lack of evidence NBC News cited was apparently enough evidence to get people to turn on Weinstein, speak out against him, reveal his multitude of other abuses, and force him to flee public life.

Not sure what else NBC News actually needed.

Regardless, as good as Farrow’s reporting on the subject has been, it is good to see someone who is high profile under the NBC News banner taking a stand against the company’s cowardice in the face of an explosive and horrifying story like Weinstein’s.

Good on Chris Hayes for making the statement. I hope others at NBC follow his lead.

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From the International Journal of Social Robotics: Sex Robots Should be Programmed to Reject Their Owners in Order to Fight Rape Culture

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Do you touch couches inappropriately? Have you molested a footstool? Do you say shameful things to blenders?

You probably told your stove it was hot, you animal.

Well, a couple of university intellectuals wanna liberate you from your wiley ways by training you to always ask for consent from inanimate objects — or at least inorganic ones. In fact, if you master respect for the mechanical, you just might incorporate it into liaisons with the living.

Meet Pim Haselager and Anco Peeters.

Dr. Pim is an associate professor at Radboud University’s Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition, and Behavior in Nijmegan, Netherlands. Anco was a research assistant at Radboud and is currently a PhD student at Australia’s University of Wollongong.

The two fans of “virtue ethics” have teamed up to create an 11-page treatise on sex robots and their use in building a better world.

As the piece — published in the International Journal of Social Robotics — states, “We propose that virtue ethics can be used to address ethical issues central to discussions about sex robots. In particular, we argue virtue ethics is well equipped to focus on the implications of sex robots for human moral character.”

Their “evaluation develops in four steps”:

  • [W]e present virtue ethics as a suitable framework for the evaluation of human–robot relationships.
  • [W]e show the advantages of our virtue ethical account of sex robots by comparing it to current instrumentalist approaches, showing how the former better captures the reciprocal interaction between robots and their users.
  • [W]e examine how a virtue ethical analysis of intimate human–robot relationships could inspire the design of robots that support the cultivation of virtues. We suggest that a sex robot which is equipped with a consent-module could support the cultivation of compassion when used in supervised, therapeutic scenarios.
  • [W]e discuss the ethical implications of our analysis for user autonomy and responsibility.

How might it assist in the “cultivation of virtue”?

Well, like this:

One way of preventing unwanted behavioural patterns is by providing sex robots with a module that can initiate a consent scenario. Like consenting humans, a robot and its human partner will have to communicate carefully about the kind of interaction that will take place and the human will be confronted by the subject-like appearance and the behaviour of the robot. And like in a relationship between humans, this communication could potentially result in the robot sometimes not consenting and terminating the interaction. Such interaction with a robot might prevent the practice of unidirectional behavioural habits and a resulting increased objectification of other humans.

So imgaine it: There you are — so pitiful, you need to a robot in order to get lucky. Then you make your move, give it your best shot, but she’s not in the mood.

“Not tonight, I have a core processorache.”

You get shot down by a gadget. One that was solely made to have sex.

But look on the bright side — it’ll teach you to mind your manners with your end table.

And let’s just pretend you don’t even own a vacuum.

Back to your cold fish of a sex machine, the authors say she’s on her way. Or he.

In fact, they’re trusting AI expert and author David Levy, who believes a human will marry a robot by 2050.

From the report:

For the present discussion, we will assume that the physical aspects of these robots can be worked out more or less along the lines which Levy describes. Interestingly, Levy goes so far as to say that “robot sex could become better for many people than sex with humans, as robots surpass human sexual technique and become capable of satisfying everyone’s sexual needs.”

Pim and Anco conclude their piece thusly:

The implications of developing love and sex robots are potentially huge and we have striven to tentatively chart one path, a virtue theoretical approach, within this domain. … We suggest that there is the possibility, worthy to be investigated, that some changes might be for the good. When we realize that the way we design and use such robots is bound to affect us, we can think about ways of improving ourselves through the technology, by careful consideration and monitoring.

So there ya go. Love and robots — it’s coming.

But sex? You’ll have to ask.

-ALEX

 

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Video: Hillary Clinton Accidentally Admits Male Democrats Are Exempt From #BelieveWomen Because Orange Man Bad

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Joe Biden gives Hillary Clinton a long hug. Aug. 2016. Screen grab via CNN.

Whether it’s making excuses for her husband’s lecherous, adulterous, and deplorable behavior when he was POTUS, being actively involved in smearing his accusers, or declaring 20 years later that we must believe all women who accuse men of sexual misconduct, Hillary Clinton is a woman of many, many faces.

She proved it again in an interview she and her daughter Chelsea Clinton, an author, recently did with People Magazine.

Clinton was asked her thoughts about the 2020 Democratic candidates for president, and she noted she was “staying out of it” and planned to support whoever won the nomination.

But when asked about frontrunner Joe Biden and his well-documented overly handsy approach when it comes to women, Clinton rushed to his defense, characterizing his inappropriate touching as “a little annoying habit”:

She said that Biden, 76, who is a leading contender to challenge President Donald Trump in next year’s election, “is a thoroughly decent human being who has served our country honorably and well for decades.”

“You could take any person who sticks their little head above the parapet and says, ‘I’m going to run for president,’ and find something that … a little annoying habit or other kind of behavior that people are going to pick apart and disagree with,” she continued.

Why was Hillary so eager to sing Biden’s praises in spite of the numerous allegations of inappropriate touching and invasions of women’s private spaces? Because Orange Man Bad, of course:

“This man must be defeated,” Clinton told PEOPLE. “People who are putting themselves forward, which believe me, is a really difficult process to undergo, should be judged on the totality of their lives and their service.”

Voters must “get over it” and “vote for anybody” to get Trump out of office, even if that “anybody” likes to brush up behind women when they’re not looking and smell their hair, hug women a little too tightly for a little too long, and kiss women supporters full on the mouth:

“We can pick apart anybody. I mean, that’s a great spectator sport. But this man who’s there in the Oval Office right now poses a clear and present danger to the future of the United States. So get over it,” Clinton said. “Look at the candidates, look at what they’ve accomplished, look at what they have fought for — and vote for anybody to get rid of Donald Trump.”

Watch video of Clinton talking about Biden below:

Hillary Clinton defends yet another handsy Democratic male from criticism over his unseemly behavior. Who coulda predicted that?

Flashback –>> Andrea Mitchell lovingly narrates a clip of then Vice President Biden giving Hillary a looong hug, and notes he’s the touchy feely type (“nothing pervy here”, she states) – but that it’s no big deal because it’s just Joe Biden:

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#BelieveWomen: Juanita Broaddrick Has Questions for Omar and Warren After They Tweet Support for Blasey Ford

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Because it’s been a year since Christine Blasey Ford testified in the show trial witch hunt Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Brett Kavanaugh, a number of elected Democrats are taking to the Twitter machine to note they “still believe her.”

Among them is Sen. Kamala Harris (CA), who stated Ford “courageously forced our nation to reckon with an issue that has too often been kept in the dark.” And because she’s desperately trying to become relevant again in the 2020 presidential race, Harris has called for an impeachment inquiry into Justice Kavanaugh.

Two other high-profile Democrats women who tweeted out their support for Blasey Ford were fellow presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN).

Here’s what Omar had to say about Blasey Ford:

Like Harris, Warren feels Kavanaugh and President Trump both should be impeached. Warren tweeted her support Friday night for Blasey Ford:

Juanita Broaddrick, who has said for decades that former President Bill Clinton raped her in the late 70s when he was the Arkansas attorney general, had some questions for the both of them:

When Omar didn’t respond, Broaddrick also asked the same question of Warren:

As of this writing, neither of them have responded to Broaddrick’s question. And they won’t.

Because for Democrats, especially Democratic women, “Believe All Women” – which ironically is a slogan that gained popularity after tweets from Hillary Clinton with similar messaging went viral a few years ago – “Believe All Women” only applies to women who have accused Republican/conservative men of sexual misconduct or assault.

In other words, “Believe All Women” is a weaponized accusatory tool for Democratic women which they shamefully use only in instances where they feel it will benefit them politically. It’s shameful, but it’s who they are.

Kudos to Broaddrick for continuing to point out their double standards.

Related –>> Hillary Clinton Tries To Bask In Impeachment Glow, But Juanita Broaddrick Is Simply Not Having It

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New Weinstein defense: “There’s a difference between sins and crimes,” you know

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Sure there is — for the former you consult a priest, minister, rabbi, or imam. For the latter, you hire Donna Rotunno and pay through the nose to do whatever you can to stay out of prison.

Actually, sometimes you have to hire a Rotunno to deal with the sins too, but that’s not Rotunno’s focus at the moment. Harvey Weinstein’s new attorney has jury selection coming soon for his prosecution for sexual assault on two women. Rotunno’s focused on the criminal case against Weinstein rather than other complaints and hopes to get a jury of similar focus. If she gets that, Rotunno thinks she can get Big Harv out of the Big House:

KING: We’re focusing on your two criminal cases, but you do seem to minimize all of the other charges and allegations about Harvey Weinstein.

ROTUNNO: It’s not minimizing it. But for my purposes in this case, it’s not where I have to put my time and attention. It’s really about making sure those issues don’t cloud our ability to pick a fair jury.

KING: Well, for instance, in the Bill Cosby case, it was involving one woman, but other women who were charged who had made allegations were allowed to testify.

ROTUNNO: Correct.

KING: And that seemed to have made a decision in the verdict for the jury, certainly in the second case. Are you concerned about that?

ROTUNNO: Sure. I think there’s always a concern about those things. I think the notion of where there’s smoke, there’s fire is always something that we have to worry about.

KING: This is more than fire, though, Donna. This is an inferno when it comes to Harvey Weinstein.

ROTUNNO: Well, I think. I think that when you look at the criminal case, I don’t think that that’s the case. I’m not here to say that he was not guilty of committing sins. I’m not here to say that at all. But there’s a difference between sins and crimes and I don’t think he’s a rapist. I don’t believe he’s a rapist.

If that’s what Rotunno believes, she may have stumbled into lifetime employment. Sexual assault investigations have been underway in Los Angeles and London regarding Weinstein, and there always could be more coming. The stories told by women in his orbit often go beyond harassment, although establishing them as crimes might be difficult without witnesses or physical evidence.

That’s what Rotunno wants to emphasize with the jury. Sure, you can think Weinstein is a jerk. Perhaps these women even have cases to make against him — but civil cases, not criminal cases. Sins, not crimes.

Rotunno has a few thoughts about #MeToo and personal responsibility as well. While describing herself as an overall supporter of #MeToo, Rotunno says empowerment cuts both ways, and that women should choose not to remain engaged socially or financially to those who mistreat them. Instead, Rotunno thinks that #MeToo has at times turned into mob action rather than justice:

ROTUNNO: Yeah, it’s more of a supporter. I think in many ways, there are good things about MeToo — and I’ve said this — but what bothers me about MeToo … it allows the court of public opinion to take over the narrative. And when you can’t come out and then either correct or challenge that narrative, it puts you in a position where you’re stripped of your rights. …

ROTUNNO: Well, I don’t think it’s about explaining them. I think it’s, you know, anytime we talk about men and women in sexual circumstances, I think we have to look at the fact that there’s always an area of gray so there’s these blurred lines and then sometimes one side walks away from an event feeling different than the other, and how do we reconcile with that.

KING: It’s not uncommon for a woman who has been through a very difficult, traumatic experience with a man to still be engaged with that man.

ROTUNNO: And that’s a choice. And if a woman makes that choice, she makes that choice. But then I think years later to come forward and then say– and who knows years later if your memory is exactly the way something happened at the time that you’re claiming that it did … But I get frustrated when I listen to these types of situations, and I hear women say, ‘Well, I didn’t have a choice.’ Well, no, you had a choice and you made a choice.

In theory, yes. In practice, especially in Hollywood, where the Weinsteins could flex their muscle? Ask Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd how well rejection worked out for their careers. Better yet, Rotunno can ask Annabella Sciorra, who got added to the witness list to establish a pattern of sexual violence with Weinstein. That’s the Bill Cosby precedent that Rotunno fears, as she explained to Gayle King in this interview.

There are some differences between sins and crimes, but there’s a healthy amount of overlap, too. Big Harv is likely to land in that part of the Venn diagram.

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New Weinstein defense: “There’s a difference between sins and crimes,” you know

Westlake Legal Group cbs-rotunno New Weinstein defense: “There’s a difference between sins and crimes,” you know The Blog sexual harassment Sexual Assault Rape harvey weinstein annabella sciorra #metoo

Sure there is — for the former you consult a priest, minister, rabbi, or imam. For the latter, you hire Donna Rotunno and pay through the nose to do whatever you can to stay out of prison.

Actually, sometimes you have to hire a Rotunno to deal with the sins too, but that’s not Rotunno’s focus at the moment. Harvey Weinstein’s new attorney has jury selection coming soon for his prosecution for sexual assault on two women. Rotunno’s focused on the criminal case against Weinstein rather than other complaints and hopes to get a jury of similar focus. If she gets that, Rotunno thinks she can get Big Harv out of the Big House:

KING: We’re focusing on your two criminal cases, but you do seem to minimize all of the other charges and allegations about Harvey Weinstein.

ROTUNNO: It’s not minimizing it. But for my purposes in this case, it’s not where I have to put my time and attention. It’s really about making sure those issues don’t cloud our ability to pick a fair jury.

KING: Well, for instance, in the Bill Cosby case, it was involving one woman, but other women who were charged who had made allegations were allowed to testify.

ROTUNNO: Correct.

KING: And that seemed to have made a decision in the verdict for the jury, certainly in the second case. Are you concerned about that?

ROTUNNO: Sure. I think there’s always a concern about those things. I think the notion of where there’s smoke, there’s fire is always something that we have to worry about.

KING: This is more than fire, though, Donna. This is an inferno when it comes to Harvey Weinstein.

ROTUNNO: Well, I think. I think that when you look at the criminal case, I don’t think that that’s the case. I’m not here to say that he was not guilty of committing sins. I’m not here to say that at all. But there’s a difference between sins and crimes and I don’t think he’s a rapist. I don’t believe he’s a rapist.

If that’s what Rotunno believes, she may have stumbled into lifetime employment. Sexual assault investigations have been underway in Los Angeles and London regarding Weinstein, and there always could be more coming. The stories told by women in his orbit often go beyond harassment, although establishing them as crimes might be difficult without witnesses or physical evidence.

That’s what Rotunno wants to emphasize with the jury. Sure, you can think Weinstein is a jerk. Perhaps these women even have cases to make against him — but civil cases, not criminal cases. Sins, not crimes.

Rotunno has a few thoughts about #MeToo and personal responsibility as well. While describing herself as an overall supporter of #MeToo, Rotunno says empowerment cuts both ways, and that women should choose not to remain engaged socially or financially to those who mistreat them. Instead, Rotunno thinks that #MeToo has at times turned into mob action rather than justice:

ROTUNNO: Yeah, it’s more of a supporter. I think in many ways, there are good things about MeToo — and I’ve said this — but what bothers me about MeToo … it allows the court of public opinion to take over the narrative. And when you can’t come out and then either correct or challenge that narrative, it puts you in a position where you’re stripped of your rights. …

ROTUNNO: Well, I don’t think it’s about explaining them. I think it’s, you know, anytime we talk about men and women in sexual circumstances, I think we have to look at the fact that there’s always an area of gray so there’s these blurred lines and then sometimes one side walks away from an event feeling different than the other, and how do we reconcile with that.

KING: It’s not uncommon for a woman who has been through a very difficult, traumatic experience with a man to still be engaged with that man.

ROTUNNO: And that’s a choice. And if a woman makes that choice, she makes that choice. But then I think years later to come forward and then say– and who knows years later if your memory is exactly the way something happened at the time that you’re claiming that it did … But I get frustrated when I listen to these types of situations, and I hear women say, ‘Well, I didn’t have a choice.’ Well, no, you had a choice and you made a choice.

In theory, yes. In practice, especially in Hollywood, where the Weinsteins could flex their muscle? Ask Mira Sorvino and Ashley Judd how well rejection worked out for their careers. Better yet, Rotunno can ask Annabella Sciorra, who got added to the witness list to establish a pattern of sexual violence with Weinstein. That’s the Bill Cosby precedent that Rotunno fears, as she explained to Gayle King in this interview.

There are some differences between sins and crimes, but there’s a healthy amount of overlap, too. Big Harv is likely to land in that part of the Venn diagram.

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Ayanna Pressley Moves Forward With Kavanaugh Impeachment Effort, Even as Senior Senate Dems Balk at the Idea

Even though the “bombshell” New York Times report about an old-turned-new sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh has fallen apart under scrutiny, Squad member Ayanna Pressley has already launched an impeachment effort against the Supreme Court Justice.

Fox News reports:

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., one of the four freshman congresswomen known collectively as the “Squad,” is planning Tuesday to introduce a resolution seeking an impeachment inquiry into Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, despite reluctance from top Democrats to pursue one and concerns about the basis for the latest accusations.

The resolution follows a New York Times report that included a new allegation of sexual misconduct from when Kavanaugh was in college — although an editors’ note later revealed that the alleged victim did not recall it taking place. In a statement, Pressley only focused on the women who came forward during Kavanaugh’s confirmation process.

Here’s what Boston.com journalist Nik DeCosta-Klipa reported from his Twitter account about Pressley’s move:

Unfortunately for Pressley, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is signaling the committee’s hands are too full laying the groundwork for impeaching President Trump to be able to immediately take up the Kavanaugh issue:

The House Judiciary Committee is too tied up with “impeaching the president” to take immediate action on a potential investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Monday.

“We have our hands full with impeaching the president right now and that’s going to take up our limited resources and time for a while,” Nadler said on WNYC when pressed by host Brian Lehrer.

Nadler said his first move to investigate Kavanaugh would come next month, when FBI Director Christopher Wray appears for a previously scheduled hearing that will now feature a significant focus on the Supreme Court justice’s past — and whether the FBI’s background check was thorough enough. Nadler said his panel’s primary focus would be determining whether Kavanaugh lied to the Senate.

Meanwhile, senior Senate Democrats are telling impeachment-hungry House and Senate members to “get real”:

So the demands by 2020 presidential contenders to remove the Supreme Court justice, on the heels of new reporting about allegations of sexual misconduct, are getting panned.

“Get real,” as Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) put it Monday afternoon.

“We’ve got to get beyond this ‘impeachment is the answer to every problem.’ It’s not realistic,” Durbin said. “If that’s how we are identified in Congress, as the impeachment Congress, we run the risk that people will feel we’re ignoring the issues that mean a lot to them as families.”

[…]

“Mitch McConnell would block any impeachment. So that’s a moot point,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a former Judiciary chairman. He said the lesson to be learned is not to rush lifetime confirmations: “Don’t ever let those mistakes happen again.” Until Democrats take back the Senate, however, there’s little they can do to halt McConnell on nominations.

Who’s gonna break this news to struggling presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris?

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Ayanna Pressley Moves Forward With Kavanaugh Impeachment Effort, Even as Senior Senate Dems Balk at the Idea

Even though the “bombshell” New York Times report about an old-turned-new sexual assault allegation against Brett Kavanaugh has fallen apart under scrutiny, Squad member Ayanna Pressley has already launched an impeachment effort against the Supreme Court Justice.

Fox News reports:

Rep. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., one of the four freshman congresswomen known collectively as the “Squad,” is planning Tuesday to introduce a resolution seeking an impeachment inquiry into Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, despite reluctance from top Democrats to pursue one and concerns about the basis for the latest accusations.

The resolution follows a New York Times report that included a new allegation of sexual misconduct from when Kavanaugh was in college — although an editors’ note later revealed that the alleged victim did not recall it taking place. In a statement, Pressley only focused on the women who came forward during Kavanaugh’s confirmation process.

Here’s what Boston.com journalist Nik DeCosta-Klipa reported from his Twitter account about Pressley’s move:

Unfortunately for Pressley, House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler is signaling the committee’s hands are too full laying the groundwork for impeaching President Trump to be able to immediately take up the Kavanaugh issue:

The House Judiciary Committee is too tied up with “impeaching the president” to take immediate action on a potential investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said Monday.

“We have our hands full with impeaching the president right now and that’s going to take up our limited resources and time for a while,” Nadler said on WNYC when pressed by host Brian Lehrer.

Nadler said his first move to investigate Kavanaugh would come next month, when FBI Director Christopher Wray appears for a previously scheduled hearing that will now feature a significant focus on the Supreme Court justice’s past — and whether the FBI’s background check was thorough enough. Nadler said his panel’s primary focus would be determining whether Kavanaugh lied to the Senate.

Meanwhile, senior Senate Democrats are telling impeachment-hungry House and Senate members to “get real”:

So the demands by 2020 presidential contenders to remove the Supreme Court justice, on the heels of new reporting about allegations of sexual misconduct, are getting panned.

“Get real,” as Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) put it Monday afternoon.

“We’ve got to get beyond this ‘impeachment is the answer to every problem.’ It’s not realistic,” Durbin said. “If that’s how we are identified in Congress, as the impeachment Congress, we run the risk that people will feel we’re ignoring the issues that mean a lot to them as families.”

[…]

“Mitch McConnell would block any impeachment. So that’s a moot point,” said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a former Judiciary chairman. He said the lesson to be learned is not to rush lifetime confirmations: “Don’t ever let those mistakes happen again.” Until Democrats take back the Senate, however, there’s little they can do to halt McConnell on nominations.

Who’s gonna break this news to struggling presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris?

——-
— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –

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