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Developing now, Friday, Sept. 28, 2018
- After Thursday’s emotional testimony from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on Friday morning on whether to recommend Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the full Senate
- TUNE IN: Don’t miss FOX News’ live coverage of Senate Judiciary Committee’s Kavanaugh vote, starting at 9 a.m. ET, with FOX News’ Bret Baier, Chris Wallace and Laura Ingraham
- Democrats’ tactics have turned the Supreme Court confirmation process into a ‘national disgrace,’ FOX News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett says after Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing
- Iran operates a secret atomic warehouse, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu alleged in a speech to the U.N. General Assembly
- Telsa CEO Elon Musk’s tweet about possibly taking his company private draws a securities-fraud lawsuit from federal regulators
THE LEAD STORY – KAVANAUGH-FORD HEARING FALLOUT: HE SAID, SHE SAID: Following an explosive and, at times, highly emotional day of testimony by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, all eyes are on several key swing-vote senators who could decide Friday’s scheduled vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation … After the hearing, moderate Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Lisa Murkowksi, R-Alaska, as well as Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., huddled to discuss the nomination, FOX News confirmed. They talked for approximately 30 minutes before a GOP conference meeting ahead of Friday’s planned Judiciary Committee vote.
Friday’s vote is scheduled to take place at 9:30 a.m. ET. Meanwhile, in a major boost to Kavanaugh’s bid, Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who has frequently sparred with President Trump, said Thursday night that he would support Kavanaugh.
DISGRACEFUL ‘SEARCH AND DESTROY’ MISSION: At Thursday’s hearing, the nation saw a visibly angry Kavanaugh deny sexually assaulting Ford, telling senators that his name had been “totally and permanently destroyed” by “false” allegations. He unloaded on lawmakers at the hearing, abandoning much of his prepared remarks to blast the process as a “disgrace” and a “circus,” and later sparring with Democratic senators. Earlier in the same hearing room, Ford appeared in public for the first time to testify on her allegations and told lawmakers in no uncertain terms that the Supreme Court nominee “sexually assaulted me.” She insisted she was not mistaking him for another person.
The drastically conflicting statements, echoing the 1991 Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill hearings, left senators to make a judgment call on whose story is accurate.
- Trump praises Kavanaugh after hearing, slams Dems’ ‘search and destroy strategy’
- Tucker: Kavanaugh appeared ‘transformed’ at hearing. confronted Dems’ hypocrisy
- Sean Hannity: Kavanaugh-Ford hearing was ‘disgraceful display of politics at its worst’
- Lindsey Graham tears into Democrats over ‘sham’ hearing
GREGG JARRETT OP-ED: DEMS HAVE VICTIMIZED KAVANAUGH, FORD, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE - If Judge Brett Kavanaugh was not telling the truth Thursday at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination to the Supreme Court, he is one of America’s greatest actors … The emotion Kavanaugh evinced during the hearing cannot be feigned. When it finally spilled out, it was real and raw. His justifiable anger at being falsely accused of sexually assaulting Professor Christine Blasey Ford when both were teenagers some 36 years ago was palpable.
Ford also told a credible story. During her testimony, she seemed authentic and sincere. However, when two people tell different and conflicting stories, the benefit of the doubt must always go to the accused. This is consistent with an important principle by which our democracy abides both inside and outside the courtroom: the presumption of innocence.
Kavanaugh laid bare the partisan motivations of Democrats for ruining his reputation and destroying his family. He condemned their actions for transforming the Senate confirmation process into “a national disgrace” and “replacing ‘advise and consent’ with ‘search and destroy.’”
- Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s friend, responds to Ford’s testimony in letter through lawyer
- Wall Street Journal Editorial: Confirm Kavanaugh — He rightly called out the politics of ‘search and destroy’
- Dershowitz: GOP’s interrogator ‘completely incompetent’ during ‘cross-examination’ questions
- American Bar Association, which called Kavanaugh ‘well-qualified,’ now asks FBI to investigate
IRAN’S ‘SECRET ATOMIC WAREHOUSE’ REVEALED: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, addressing the U.N. General Assembly on Thursday, accused Iran of masking a nuclear warehouse inside a rug-cleaning plant … Netanyahu appeared to disclose information about the “atomic warehouse” that was otherwise classified. “What I’m about to say has not been shared publicly before,” he said before pulling up what looked to be satellite images of the supposed location, titled “Iran’s Secret Atomic Sites.” In a tweet, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif derided Netanyahu’s presentation as an “arts and craft show.”
SEC CALLS OUT ELON MUSK: The Securities and Exchange Commission has filed a lawsuit against Tesla CEO Elon Musk claiming securities fraud, court records show … The lawsuit is based on alleged “false and misleading” statements made by Musk about taking the publicly traded company private. It also claims he “knew or was reckless in not knowing” that his statements were false and/or misleading. FOX Business reported last month that the SEC ramped up its investigation into the automaker after Musk tweeted that he was considering taking the company private at $420 per share and that funding had been “secured.”
That news sent shares soaring. Musk later revealed in a blog post that there was no concrete funding deal in place and in fact he was still openly talking to investors, which sparked speculation that he was trying to bump the stock price. The billionaire businessman ultimately decided to keep his company private.
- A base on Mars? It could happen by 2028, Elon Musk says
AS SEEN ON FOX NEWS
IN HER OWN WORDS: “I am here today not because I want to be. I am terrified.” – Christine Blasey Ford, testifying at Thursday’s Senate Judiciary hearing on her sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. WATCH
IN HIS OWN WORDS: ”This confirmation process has become a national disgrace. The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process. But you have replaced ‘advise and consent’ with ‘search and destroy.’” – Brett Kavanaugh, slamming Democrats’ alleged smear campaign against him, at the Senate Judiciary hearing. WATCH
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FOX NEWS OPINION
Alan Dershowitz: Postpone Kavanaugh confirmation until FBI can investigate accusations against him.
Andrew C. McCarthy: In Kavanaugh hearing, Dems gain the advantage as Republicans walk on eggshells.
Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib: Kavanaugh fight takes every raw divide in America — and rolls them all into one.
Asia Argento responds to Rose McGowan’s apology over sexual abuse allegations.
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FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests will include: Newt Gingrich; House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy; Geraldo Rivera; U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas; Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton; and U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell.
Senate Judiciary Committee’s Kavanaugh Vote: FOX News will have live coverage and analysis with Bret Baier, Chris Wallace and Laura Ingraham, starting at 9 a.m. ET.
On FOX Business:
Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Mercedes Schlapp, White House senior adviser for strategic communications; Ronna McDaniel, RNC chairwoman; Sean Spicer, former White House press secretary; Reps. Claudia Tenney, R-N.Y., and Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.; Edward Bastian, Delta Airlines CEO; Steve Case, Revolution chairman and CEO; Nouriel Roubini, economist.
Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas; House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady; Steve Mosher, author of “Bully of Asia.”
Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Noon ET: Terry Duffy, CME Group chairman.
The Intelligence Report, 2 p.m. ET: Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.; Lee Carter, president of maslansky + partners; Lindsey Piegza, chief economist for Stifel Fixed Income; Andy Heyward, CEO of Genius Brands International.
Countdown to the Closing Bell, 3 p.m. ET: Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Citizen; Patrice Motsepe, founder and executive chairman of African Rainbow Minerals; Carlos Gutierrez, former U.S. commerce secretary.
On FOX News Radio:
The FOX News Rundown podcast: Thursday was a fiery day on Capitol Hill as Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee over sexual misconduct allegations from the 1980s. FOX News @ Night host Shannon Bream joins the podcast to discuss. Plus, school lunches are not always a favorite memory among students and probably weren’t the healthiest choice, either. Dan Giusti, former head chef of world-renowned restaurant Noma, discusses his mission to make healthy and enjoyable lunches for students within a school budget. Don’t miss the good news with FOX’s Tonya J. Powers and commentary by Judge Andrew Napolitano.
The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: Fallout from the Kavanaugh-Ford Senate hearing discussed with following special guests: Ann Coulter, Jonathan Turley, Shannon Bream, Ken Cuccinelli and Robert Jeffress.
The Tom Shillue Show, 3 p.m. ET: FOX News contributor and professional wrestler Tyrus and comedian Jimmy Failla join Tom Shillue’s nightly panel to discuss the first look at Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers and the latest news of the day!
On FOX News Weekend:
Cavuto Live, Saturday, 10 a.m. ET: U.S. Sen.Tim Scott, R-S.C., on fallout from the Kavanaugh-Ford hearing and what’s next for the Supreme Court nomination saga. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., on Democrats calling to impeach Judge Kavanaugh if his high court nomination is confirmed. Peter Navarro, director of the White House National Trade Council, on President Trump’s new tough trade talk against China and Canada.
The Ben Shapiro Election Special, Sunday, 8 p.m. ET: Ben Shapiro warns about the growing threat of socialism in the U.S. in this must-see episode.
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1920: Eight members of the Chicago White Sox are indicted for allegedly throwing the 1919 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. (All would be acquitted at trial, but were banned from the game for life.)
FOX News First is compiled by FOX News’ Bryan Robinson. Thank you for joining us! Enjoy your day and weekend! We’ll see you in your inbox first thing Monday morning.
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