Christine Blasey Ford’s Lawyer Criticizes ‘Rush to a Hearing’ on Kavanaugh Accusations

An attorney for Christine Blasey Ford said Wednesday that the plan to move forward with a hearing about her client’s sexual assault accusation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh “is not a fair or good faith investigation.”

Ford, a California professor, accused Kavanaugh of attempting to sexually assault her nearly 40 years ago at a high school party. Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, calling it “completely false.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee scheduled a public hearing about the accusation for Monday. While Ford’s lawyers said she is willing to testify publicly about the incident, they told the Committee on Tuesday that Ford wants the FBI to investigate the allegation first. But Senate Republicans said the hearing would proceed as planned on Monday.

“She continues to believe that a full non-partisan investigation of this matter is needed and she is willing to cooperate with the Committee,” Ford’s attorney, Lisa Banks, said in a statement Wednesday night. “However, the Committee’s stated plan to move forward with a hearing that has only two witnesses is not a fair or good faith investigation; there are multiple witnesses whose names have appeared publicly and should be included in any proceeding. The rush to a hearing is unnecessary, and contrary to the Committee discovering the truth.”

Republicans have rejected calls for an FBI investigation. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley tweeted Wednesday that “no other OUTSIDE investigation is necessary.”

Earlier on Wednesday, President Trump defended Kavanaugh as an “extraordinary man” and called on Ford to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee. “If she shows up, that would be wonderful. If she doesn’t show up, that would be unfortunate,” Trump said.

“But I can only say this: He is such an outstanding man. Very hard for me to imagine that anything happened,” he added.

Banks said Ford has received threats in the days since her name became public.

“Dr. Ford was reluctantly thrust into the public spotlight only two days ago. She is currently unable to go home, and is receiving ongoing threats to her and her family’s safety,” Banks said in Wednesday’s statement. “Fairness and respect for her situation dictate that she should have time to deal with this.”

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Source:: Time – Politics


AGLC opens giant new warehouse

For now the warehouse sits empty, a behemoth hangar-like construction on the outskirts of the Edmonton-area community, its towering blue and orange shelves devoid of alcohol.

Come the new year, it will be the hub for all fast-moving booze distributed in the province.

With 470,000 square feet dedicated solely to warehouse space, it’s the largest AGLC centre in the province. It has increased AGLC’s liquor distribution system to a combined 1.2 million square feet in storage space, with an estimated five million case storage capacity.

The existing AGLC warehouse in St. Albert will be converted to house slow-moving products, and product storage in the multitude of smaller warehouses AGLC currently uses will be consolidated into the new space.

Despite all the space, the new warehouse won’t store cannabis. Ceci says that product will be held in a “private, secret location” that government won’t be sharing with the public.

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Source:: Edmonton Journal – Politics


President Trump Travels to Storm-Ravaged Carolinas to Survey Hurricane Florence Damage

NEW BERN, N.C. — Eager to show heart in a moment of crisis, President Donald Trump handed out hot dogs, hugs and comforting words in the Carolinas on Wednesday as he surveyed the wreckage left by Hurricane Florence.

With residents still recovering from torrential rains that left widespread destruction and injury, Trump sought to strike a balance between comforter and cheerleader, mindful that he has been criticized in the past for not showing sufficient empathy in the face of tragedy.

During a packed day, he visited both North and South Carolina, distributed meals at a church, walked amid piles of sodden furniture in damaged neighborhoods, offered hugs and handshakes to residents and discussed the response efforts with local and state officials.

“America grieves with you and our hearts break for you. God bless you,” he said during a briefing at a marine base in Havelock, North Carolina. “We will never forget your loss. We will never leave your side. We’re with you all the way.”

The emotional words and comprehensive itinerary stood in contrast with Trump’s trip to Puerto Rico last year after Hurricane Maria, when he drew criticism for tossing rolls of paper towels into the crowd. Or his initial visit to Houston after Hurricane Harvey, when he did not meet with any storm victims.

There were still flashes of Trump’s outsized persona — he asked about the status of Lake Norman, where he owns a golf club, telling officials, “I can’t tell you why, but I love that area.”

He also joked with a family who had a large yacht they didn’t own wash up against their house. “At least you got a nice boat out of the deal,” he told them. “What’s the law? Maybe it becomes theirs.”

He was also caught on camera telling a person to whom he had just handed food to “have a good time.”

Still, the whirlwind tour through the Carolinas showed Trump reaching out to connect with those reeling from a storm blamed for at least 37 deaths in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia since coming ashore Friday. North and South Carolina both backed Trump in the 2016 election, and the president largely saw people who were happy to greet him. One man told the president he’d named his dog after Trump.

After a briefing on the recovery effort, Trump helped hand out hot dogs and chips at a Baptist church in New Bern, a riverfront city that experienced …read more

Source:: Time – Politics