Guests: Lindsey Graham, Mazie Hirono, Jerry Nadler, Alex Castellanos, Amanda Carpenter, Karen Finney, Julie Pace
Friday on the NewsHour, the Senate Judiciary Committee gives a green light to confirming Brett Kavanaugh but joins the White House in calling for an FBI investigation into the sexual assault allegations he faces. Also, why the U.S. will be engaged in Syria for the foreseeable future, Shields and Brooks discuss Kavanaugh and how one television show is handling today’s contentious politics.
Thursday on the NewsHour, Christine Blasey Ford testifies she is 100 percent sure Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her and the Supreme Court nominee vehemently denies her claims. We examine the day-long hearing and its significance.
Not quite as in-depth as I might have expected. I’m still thinking that the The Daily from The New York Times has had some of the best coverage of the story (and particularly the cultural side) thus far.
Gina Haspel, President Trump’s pick for C.I.A. director, faced the Senate Intelligence Committee for the first time on Wednesday as her confirmation hearings began. Lawmakers addressed her with an unusual line of questioning: What is your moral character?
On today’s episode:
• Matthew Rosenberg joins us from Washington, where he covers intelligence and national security for The New York Times.
• Ms. Haspel defended the C.I.A.’s torture of terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11 attacks, but vowed that she would not start another interrogation program.
• Among the issues raised in the hearing were Ms. Haspel’s involvement in a black site in Thailand where Qaeda suspects were tortured, her role in carrying out an order to destroy videotapes of C.I.A. interrogations, and her willingness to defy a president who has supported waterboarding.
We’ve recently seen the head of the F.B.I. be ousted because he ostensibly wouldn’t take a loyalty oath and refused to close an investigation. Could this happen again? Could it be far worse?
They stopped far too short here in opening up questions of harkening back to the Third Reich and Hitler and his government commanding people to commit genocide. We all know there’s a line one can’t cross and use the defense that “I was commanded to by the authorities.”
So the real question is: will Haspel stand up to Trump to prevent moral atrocities which Trump may want to inflict, whether this may extend to areas like torture or, perhaps, far worse?