Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page Travis Andersen and James Pindell Globe Staff October 01, 2018 Arizona Senator Jeff Flake, a key figure in the battle over Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s increasingly fraught Supreme Court nomination, said Monday in Boston that the FBI should conduct a “real investigation” of sexual assault allegations leveled at the appellate jurist. Speaking during the Forbes Under 30 Summit, Flake said “any current, credible allegation that has been made” should be “fully investigated” during the FBI’s weeklong probe that he called for on Friday. “Right now the FBI is investigating, and that’s a good thing,” Flake said. “We ought to have more information, not less.” Advertisement Some spectators stood silently during Flake’s remarks, holding protest signs, while other demonstrators chanted … [Read more...] about FBI should conduct ‘real investigation’ into Kavanaugh, Jeff Flake says in Boston
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It may not have been the most pivotal moment of Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, but for many it was the most cringeworthy. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., asked the federal judge and Supreme Court nominee whether he had ever been blackout drunk. Kavanaugh, still worked up from an angry 45-minute opening statement accusing Democrats of seeking to derail his nomination, threw the question back at Klobuchar. “I don’t know,” he said. “Have you?” Then he did so again. He did so despite the fact that, just moments before, Klobuchar had recalled her own father’s struggles with alcoholism. Any other senator — and especially one like Klobuchar with potential presidential ambitions – might have sought to grandstand, even if just to make doubly certain the moment went viral. And Klobuchar could perhaps have been forgiven for a more emotive response, given her story about her father. Instead, she … [Read more...] about Amy Klobuchar’s big Kavanaugh moment earned raves. But is it what Democrats demand for 2020?
Elizabeth Warren told Lesley University graduates in Massachusetts that she suspected they were hungover and actively swiping for dates on Tinder. Terry McAuliffe drew cheers at the University of Richmond when he promised to speak for no more than 10 minutes. And at Fort Lewis College in Colorado, John Hickenlooper recounted his childhood nicknames — “Chicken Cooper” and “Poopin’ Scooper” — and resorted to quoting Stephen Colbert. The college commencement speech once offered politicians a rare platform for soaring rhetoric and reflection. But for the class of prospective 2020 presidential candidates, the recently concluded graduation season went down as a dud.Story Continued Below Rhetorically, sighed Craig Smith, a former presidential speechwriter, “I think we’re falling on hard times.” For decades, presidents and presidential hopefuls approached the microphone at the nation’s colleges and universities with an elevated … [Read more...] about 2020 hopefuls get failing grade for commencement speeches
Sen. Jeff Flake said Sunday he hasn’t ruled out a challenge to President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential primaries. In an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the Arizona Republican and frequent Trump critic added that, if he did run for president, it would likely be only as a Republican.Story Continued Below Moreover, Flake, who is retiring from the Senate this year, said he hopes Trump draws a primary challenge. “It's not in my plans. But I have not ruled anything out," Flake said. "I do hope that somebody runs on the Republican side other than the president, if nothing else, simply to remind Republicans what conservatism is. And what Republicans have traditionally stood for." Flake added that Republicans in Congress need “to push back harder than we have” to rebuke Trump, citing concerns he could fire Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, or Deputy Attorney General Rod … [Read more...] about Flake won’t rule out White House run against Trump
You can get the D.C. Memo delivered to your inbox on Thursdays. Sign up here. This week in Washington, Republicans went at each other over immigration, Democrats attacked each other over the Gina Haspel nomination, and the president attacked the Fake News Media and “Haters.” No Collusion! This week in Washington Good afternoon from our nation’s capital, which is especially swampy as of late: we’re in the middle of a week of of constant torrential rain, which should let up just in time to usher in D.C.’s lovely, surface-of-Venus summer season. Drainage required. Lots of moves this week from the swamp-dwellers — let’s get started with immigration, which is coming back to the fore thanks to tricky maneuvering from members of Congress and incendiary statements from President Donald Trump. Right now, a group of House Republicans supportive of immigration reform — in particular, a lasting solution for the young, undocumented immigrants known … [Read more...] about D.C. Memo: Ellison called out for pro-immigrant T-shirt; not called out for cargo shorts