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DEVELOPING: Democrats try to break Sessions, but he holds up [Watch LIVE]

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Democrats have been trying all day to break Attorney General Jeff Sessions, probing into his conversations with President Trump, his recusal from the Russia investigation, and former FBI Director James Comey’s firing.

  • Comey has refused to comment on discussions with Trump, citing executive privilege
  • He’s refused to discuss the decision to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel in the Russia investigation, citing his recusal
  • He’s refused to speculate whether Mueller’s being fired would result in his resignation, declining to “deal in hypotheticals”
  • He would not allow Sen. Chris Coons to conflate Comey’s firing with the Russia investigation, claiming that the AG still has supervisory authority over the FBI regardless of specific case recusals. This allows the AG to communicate with the president on other issues such as Comey

The questioning has stopped for a break and will resume around 1:25 p.m.

Comey hasn’t taken the bait (even from Republican Sen. Ben Sasse) on Russian interference.

Sessions said the Clinton investigation is closed. But there’s obviously a lot more to look at.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein tweeted during the questioning her support for DACA.

Topics to be discussed will include Operation Choke Point and DACA.

 

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FBN pulls out of Saudi conference, wants unrestricted interview of MBS by Maria Bartiromo

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FBN pulls out of Saudi conference wants unrestricted interview of MBS by Maria Bartiromo

Fox Business Network is the latest media sponsor to pull out of the Future Investment Initiative Conference scheduled to be held in Riyadh from October 23-25. They have also removed show host Maria Bartiromo from her speaking spot at the event, but left the possibility open for her to be added back under one specific circumstance.

If the Saudis let her have an unrestricted interview with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, they will let her attend the event and speak there.

Fox Business Pulls Out of Saudi Conference Amid Khashoggi Controversy

https://variety.com/2018/tv/news/fox-business-pulls-out-of-saudi-conference-khashoggi-1202984667/“Fox Business Network has canceled its sponsorship and participation in the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia. We continue to seek an interview with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman,” the network said in a statement. Fox Business anchor had been scheduled to take part in the event, but will not attend unless there is an opportunity for her to conduct an unrestricted interview with the Saudi leader, according to a person familiar with the matter. The network has been trying to secure such a conversation, this person said.

The conference is hosted by the Public Investment Fund, the Saudi sovereign wealth fund. Dubbed “Davos in the Desert,” the conference was first held last year, and has been seen as an opportunity for the mideast nation to spotlight the modernization efforts of Crown Prince Mohammed.

My Take

The outrage over the disappearance and alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi has sparked many western companies and media outlets to abandon the conference. It’s untenable to attend at this point with so much mounting evidence of direct involvement by the Crown Prince.

The Saudis could go a long way towards clearing their name of charges they deny by letting Bartiromo interview the Crown Prince. At this point, keeping MBS insulated isn’t doing themselves any favors.

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Dave Brat gets a thumbs up from President Trump

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Dave Brat gets a thumbs up from President Trump

When Dave Brat beat Eric Cantor in the 2014 GOP primaries in Virginia, it served as both a rallying cry to Tea Party conservatives that they could beat the Establishment system and also a warning to the Establishment that they couldn’t take any race for granted. Now, Brat is in an extremely tight race to keep his seat.

He just got a nice endorsement from his party’s loudest voice.

My Take

Brat has been one of the most consistently conservative voters in the House. He has helped promote President Trump’s agenda while avoiding selling out to the less conservative elements in the House that have been pushing their moderate perspective ever since taking control in 2010.

Virginia and America need Brat to continue his work as a strong conservative voice that fights both Republicans and Democrats for fiscal responsibility in Washington DC. He has my support.

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Polls show tighter Senate race in Tennessee

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Polls show tighter Senate race in Tennessee

Republican Marsh Blackburn and Democrat Phil Bredesen are in a very tight race according to the most recent poll. Vanderbilt University’s poll is contrary to previous polls showing Blackburn ahead by a good margin. In the Vanderbilt poll, Bredesen actually has a 1-point lead.

Two big stories over the last couple of weeks could be firing up voters. First, singer Taylor Swift came out to address younger voters and encourage them to vote for Bredesen. Then, Project Veritas released a video showing Bredesen staffers and volunteers claiming Bredesen lied about his willingness to vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh.

Phil Bredesen tripped up while lying to get Republican votes

http://noqreport.com/2018/10/11/phil-bredesen-tripped-lying-get-republican-votes/His announcement of supporting confirmation after-the-fact was intended to build support in a state that overwhelmingly voted for Donald Trump in 2016 and backed Kavanaugh’s confirmation. While it may have pulled some people off the fence to land on his side of the tight race, it also made others skeptical about his honesty while alienating a large part of his base.

It isn’t just his base that should worry him. Even campaign volunteers are upset by the announcement.

My Take

This should be a wake up call to Republicans who have been reading too many polls lately. Momentum has been on the GOP’s side ever since the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, but as many predicted, the news cycle has already shifted. If Republicans hope to keep control of the Senate, they’ll need their voters to be engaged and, frankly, scared.

Passion and fear drive casual midterm voters. Many will still stay home, especially if they think their candidates are going to win without them. Don’t let complacency put more Democrats on Capitol Hill.

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