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Ford agrees to testify on Kavanaugh allegation
After Rosenstein report, Trump vows to eliminate DOJ's 'lingering stench'
Senate aide working on Kavanaugh confirmation resigns in connection to harassment claim
Attack on Iranian parade kills 24
China cancels trade talks, slams U.S. sanctions
Christine Ford on Saturday agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh. "Dr. Ford accepts the Committee's request to provide her first-hand knowledge of Brett Kavanaugh's sexual misconduct next week," said a statement from her attorneys. Although "many aspects" of the committee's proposal for the testimony are "fundamentally inconsistent with the Committee's promise of a fair, impartial investigation into her allegations," the message continued, "we are hopeful we can reach agreement on the details." Ford had requested an extra day consider her decision, which committee chair Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) granted late Friday.Source: CNN, USA Today
President Trump seemed to respond Friday night at a rally in Missouri to the day's report that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein considered invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. "Just look at what is now being exposed in our Department of Justice and the FBI," Trump said, never mentioning Rosenstein by name. "And I want to tell you, we have great people in the Department of Justice. ... But you got some real bad ones. You've seen what's happened at the FBI. They're all gone. ... But there's a lingering stench, and we're going to get rid of that too."Source: Fox News, The Associated Press
A communications aide working with the Senate Judiciary Committee on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process has resigned in connection to a past sexual harassment allegation, a committee representative confirmed Saturday. The aide, Garrett Ventry, denied all "allegations of misconduct," but a committee statement said despite the denial "he decided to resign to avoid causing any distraction." Ventry was in a temporary position on leave of absence from a public relations company; he resigned from that role as well. This comes as the committee grapples with the sexual assault allegation against Kavanaugh himself, a development that has stalled the confirmation.Source: Politico, NBC News
At least 24 people were killed and more than 50 injured Saturday when gunmen opened fire on a military parade in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, state media reported. "Terrorists began shooting from a long distance while inside the park, at the armed forces as well as civilians watching the parade," said Brig. Gen. Abolfazl Shekarch. Three of the attackers were killed and one was arrested, and the attack was claimed by the Patriotic Arab Democratic Movement, a separatist organization. Officials said the shooters were disguised as military members and accused Saudi Arabia of connection to the attack.Source: CNN, Al Jazeera
China on Friday canceled scheduled trade negotiations with the United States, citing the Trump administration's tariff escalations. President Trump announced a new round of tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese imports Monday and is expected to target another $257 billion in products this coming week. "Nothing the U.S. has done has given any impression of sincerity and goodwill," said Chinese Foreign Ministry representative Geng Shuang. China also slammed new U.S. sanctions punishing Beijing for purchasing weapons from Russia. "The U.S. approach is a blatant violation of the basic norms of international relations," said a Chinese Defense Ministry statement promising "consequences."Source: The Wall Street Journal, Reuters
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