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Conservative commentator Mark Steyn on Thursday said the indictment against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is “extremely weak” and blasted the intelligence community on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

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Earlier this week, as some of Donald Trump’s top officials began brazenly and illegally thumbing their nose at congressional oversight, we pointed out that the next logical step was for House Democrats to begin holding them in contempt of Congress. Now House Democrats are preparing to do precisely that – and they’re naming names in the process.



For instance, this afternoon House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings accused Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Gore of illegally dodging a subpoena. He also accused Attorney General William Barr of having instructed Gore to dodge the subpoena. Cummings added that if Gore “fails to comply with the subpoena, the Committee will consider him to be in contempt of Congress.” To be clear, being held in contempt of Congress generally means being arrested by the House Sergeant-at-Arms and locked up until the subpoena is complied with. As Committee Chair, Cummings can make this happen – and he has a history of doing what he says he’s going to do.



What stands out here is that Cummings is not only threatening to have Barr’s deputy Gore arrested, he’s directly accusing Barr of being responsible for Gore’s illegal behavior. So why not simply jump straight to arresting Barr? If House Democrats are going to succeed in taking these kinds of drastic steps, they have to do it in a manner that’s more strategic than bombastic. Arresting a high ranking DOJ official would serve to get the message across to those carrying out Trump’s illegal agenda, without handing Trump a talking point about House Democrats overreaching by having the Attorney General arrested. Gore isn’t the only name being thrown around when it comes to contempt of Congress.


Democratic Congressman Bill Pascrell, who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, is talking about holding Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in contempt of Congress for illegally refusing to turn over Donald Trump’s tax returns. Pascrell isn’t necessarily speaking on behalf of Committee Chairman Richard Neal, who would make the decision on such a matter. For all we know, Neal could be looking at doing something more similar to what Cummings is doing – arresting a top Mnuchin deputy in order to drive a calculated point home. But all of this speaks to just how aggressively House Democrats are looking to come out swinging. Trump and his loyalists clearly aren’t going to back down unless and until they’re figuratively punched in the mouth – and it looks like that’s soon going to happen.



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The city of Chicago filed a lawsuit Thursday against Jussie Smollett, saying the actor owes it more than $130,000 for police costs incurred in the investigation of a hate crime that authorities allege was phony, according to legal documents.

The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court more than two weeks after prosecutors in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office dismissed all criminal charges against the “Empire” actor.

Chicago officials previously said they would sue Smollett after he refused a demand by the city for $130,000 to cover police overtime costs.

The actor’s criminal defense attorney, Mark Geragos, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Smollett, 36, who is black and gay, ignited a firestorm on social media by telling police on Jan. 29 that two apparent supporters of President Donald Trump struck him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach over him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs on a Chicago street.

After weeks of investigation, Chicago police determined that Smollett cooked up the scheme, in which they allege he hired two brothers to pose as his attackers, because he was dissatisfied with his salary on “Empire.”

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The city of Chicago filed a lawsuit Thursday against Jussie Smollett, saying the actor owes it more than $130,000 for police costs incurred in the investigation of a hate crime that authorities allege was phony, according to legal documents.

The lawsuit was filed in Cook County Circuit Court more than two weeks after prosecutors in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office dismissed all criminal charges against the “Empire” actor.

Chicago officials previously said they would sue Smollett after he refused a demand by the city for $130,000 to cover police overtime costs.

The actor’s criminal defense attorney, Mark Geragos, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Smollett, 36, who is black and gay, ignited a firestorm on social media by telling police on Jan. 29 that two apparent supporters of President Donald Trump struck him, put a noose around his neck and poured bleach over him while yelling racist and homophobic slurs on a Chicago street.

After weeks of investigation, Chicago police determined that Smollett cooked up the scheme, in which they allege he hired two brothers to pose as his attackers, because he was dissatisfied with his salary on “Empire.”

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After 30 years in power, Sudan President Omar al-Bashir is finally out. Earlier today, Sudan Minister of Defense Lt. Gen. Awad Mohammed Ibn Ouf announced that Bashir had been removed from office and arrested. Ibn Ouf also declared the dissolution of the presidency and cabinet, the suspension of the constitution, and the establishment of a two-year transitional military council. Sudan is now under a three-month state of emergency and a one-month curfew. Airspace is closed for the next 24 hours and all ports of entry are closed until further notice.

The coming days, weeks, and months will be pivotal for Sudan’s future. While Bashir’s removal is a momentous occasion and victory for the Sudanese people, there is much uncertainty about what comes next. The protestors who had called for Bashir’s ouster worry about a military takeover, and with good reason: the last time Sudan deposed a dictator, a largely ineffective government lasted for three years before Bashir grabbed power. Armed groups remain formally at war with the government in three regions. And the question of whether Bashir will be turned over to the International Criminal Court (ICC), which first issued an arrest warrant for him a decade ago, looms over today’s events.

Ibn Ouf had signaled on April 8 that support for Bashir was wearing thin. Speaking to his senior commanders, he reportedly said the Armed Forces understand the causes of the protests, would not allow the country to slide into chaos, and would not hesitate to protect the country’s security, unity, and leadership.

Although Bashir had survived many challenges to his rule, a determined protest movement and bleak economic situation within Sudan ultimately proved too much for him to overcome. Protests began Dec. 19, after the government removed a key subsidy, tripling the price of bread. The demonstrations spread quickly and became a much broader challenge to the corruption and economic mismanagement that has defined Bashir’s three decades in office. In January and February, the protests grew in size and organization, as the Sudanese Professionals Association (SPA) began to lead the effort to remove Bashir from power. The association is an umbrella group of professional committees and labor organizations, including teachers, lawyers, doctors, and journalists that traces its roots to 2016, but became the force that it is today just last year.

After initial gains, the protest movement seemed to reach an impasse in late February, as Bashir declared a year-long state of emergency on Feb. 22 while also dissolving federal and state governments. But the demonstrations continued, as did harsh and violent repression, often by the National Intelligence and Security Services (NISS) and special police units. According to Human Rights Watch, Sudanese authorities have killed at least 51 protesters, while detaining hundreds, if not thousands, more. Earlier this month, Physicians for Human Rights published a report finding the government responsible for the deaths of 60 protesters and concluding that authorities entered and attacked at least seven medical facilities treating wounded protesters.

Opposition leaders rejected Bashir’s state of emergency as illegitimate and unlawful, but the government used hastily established “emergency courts” to try and sentence individuals for violating the order. Frequently, those arrested, tried, and sentenced had no access to an attorney.

This stalemate began to give way on April 6, as tens of thousands of people assembled in front of the headquarters of the Armed Forces at a military complex in the capital Khartoum. The complex also houses the Ministry of Defense and the Presidential Residence.

These demonstrations were the largest turnout since the protests began in December. Although NISS agents attempted to disperse the protesters, they failed to do so. As the crowd persisted in the coming days, the military began protecting them. Sensing the change, protesters remained at the complex for five days and vowed to stay until Bashir stepped down, setting up the critical stage for today’s events.

Protestors Insist on Civilian Government

Now that Bashir has indeed been ousted, there is nevertheless deep disappointment and even anger from many protesters and human rights organizations who were eager for their country to form a civilian government.

The Forces of the Declaration of Freedom and Change issued a statement saying the group “categorically rejected” Ibn Ouf’s statement and called the act an “internal, military coup d’état [that] reproduced the same faces and institutions that our courageous people have revolted against.” The coalition urged demonstrators in front of the military headquarters to hold their positions and said other protesters should continue to take to the streets until a civilian government is established. The Forces of the Declaration group is a broad collection of organizations, including the SPA, opposition political parties, youth groups, and other marginalized communities. Sara Abdelgalil, a spokesperson for the SPA, offered similar statements, according to the New York Times, calling the military’s action a coup that “is not acceptable.”

For its part, the military has provided little information regarding the transition other than the brief announcement by Ibn Ouf (his name sometimes is translated as Ibn Auf). The state-sponsored Sudan News Agency published a three-sentence statement that does little more than emphasize the necessity of a transitional military council and calls for citizens to adhere to the security restrictions. It is clear the majority of protesters are not satisfied with the possibility of two years of military rule, and that demonstrations will continue.

Sudan’s Political Transition: Tunisia or Egypt or Something Else?

How the military and security forces allow Sudan’s transition from Bashir to move forward will influence the outcome of this process as much as any single factor. Comparing political transitions across states is much more of an art than a science, and local politics, culture, and tradition render such comparisons guideposts as opposed to blueprints.

Here, the two obvious comparisons are Tunisia, which after many moments of uncertainty remains the only peaceful—though still ongoing—transition of the 2011 Arab Spring, and Egypt, which after a period of great hope, fell back into repression and authoritarian rule.

Tunisia succeeded where Egypt failed for a variety of reasons, but perhaps none more so than the establishment of a technocratic caretaker government that allowed for a genuine and homegrown democratic government to take hold. In addition, the Islamist Ennahda party remarkably ceded political power, even after winning free and fair elections, when it reached a political impasse with the opposition. In other words, Ennahda did the rarest of things for a political party and put the well-being of the country ahead of earned political power.

For Sudan’s transition to succeed, the military must show the same courage, leadership, and trust that the protesters and the SPA have demonstrated. The SPA took an incredible risk that the armed forces would side with them, particularly given the repressive history of the military, the Rapid Support Forces, and NISS.

Now, the Sudan Armed Forces must take the same risk and place the same trust in civil society and political leaders, so they can work together to form a lasting democratic government. Still, this does not mean that the military will not have a critical role in this transition. Security will, of course, remain paramount, and the plethora of militias formed by Bashir over the years that will now be competing for power will not help. But the relatively professional military should be able to keep the country secure without requiring a two-year transition to do so.

And of course, none of this will be easy, but the Tunisian experience is again instructive, as the dynamics of the National Dialogue Quartet of four organizations, which received the Nobel Peace Prize for its role, are similar to that of the SPA. But even assuming such a positive outcome, the Tunisian Quartet only ensured that the country survived the initial shock of democracy without collapsing into civil war or returning to autocracy. Moving to a peaceful democracy will require much more from all leaders throughout Sudan.

The Bashir Question and More Uncertainties

In addition to whether the military relents and allows for a civilian government, or at least the inclusion of civilians within the transitional process, another looming question is what happens to Bashir. In his announcement, Ibn Ouf said Bashir had been arrested and was being held in a safe location.

Bashir’s arrest warrants from the ICC have long been complicating factors in any plan to remove him from power. While Bashir has successfully evaded arrest since the Court issued these arrest warrants in 2009 and 2010, he relied on the argument that he had sovereign immunity because he was an acting head of state. Even assuming this argument to be correct—and many legal scholars argue it is not—that status no longer applies, and calls for his extradition to The Hague will only grow louder and could divide the country at a moment it sorely needs unity.

A new Sudanese government might be able to foreclose this issue by trying Bashir in Sudan for his alleged crimes in Darfur. But this is very unlikely, as Bashir based his political survival on building a strong network of support within the armed forces and security services. It is hard to imagine that these same men, many of whom also would be exposed for participating in serious human rights crimes, if not their own international criminal acts, would allow for this to happen. Indeed, Ibn Ouf was sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department in 2007 for his role in the Darfur atrocities. At the time, he was Head of Military Intelligence and Security.

Sudan’s Wars and Its Reach – South Sudan, Yemen, Ethiopia, Egypt

Bashir’s removal from power raises many other political and security questions. Armed groups remain at war with the Sudanese government in Darfur, South Kordofan, and Blue Nile, even though the fighting has lessened considerably.

Regionally, Bashir was the East African leader most invested in the success of the South Sudan peace process, itself a fragile deal with a fast-approaching deadline to form a transitional government by May 12. Across the Red Sea, Sudan has contributed a significant number of soldiers to the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, but given the instability at home, this support might be drawing to an end. Sudan is also in the middle of a serious dispute between Ethiopia and Egypt over the building of the largest dam in Africa.

Lastly, the United States relies heavily on Sudan for intelligence in its counterterrorism efforts in East Africa and beyond. At the same time, Sudan remains on the U.S. list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, a designation imposed in 1993, and cannot access desperately needed debt relief until it is removed. Depending on the outcome of Sudan’s transition, now could be the time to remove Sudan from this list. At the very least, the prospect of being removed gives the U.S. considerable leverage in pushing the transitional government towards a more democratic and inclusive state.

While all of these considerations are important and even pressing, today is also a day for celebration. It is worth remembering that, after 30 years of authoritarian rule, it was not armed struggle, U.S. sanctions, or the International Criminal Court that ended Bashir’s rule. Rather, it was the will of the Sudanese people and the remarkable bravery of the protesters in Khartoum and throughout the country.

Just fall, that is all!” was a key slogan repeated at demonstrations through the last four months. But for peace and democracy to take hold, the spirit of this uprising must continue for years and not end at the removal of Bashir.

IMAGE: Sudanese anti-regime demonstrators, holding up a banner calling for “Freedom, Peace and Justice” carry on with their protest on April 11, 2019 in the area around the army headquarters in Sudan’s capital Khartoum. After months of protests demanding the resignation of longtime leader President Omar al-Bashir, thousands of Khartoum residents chanted “the regime has fallen” as they flooded the area around the military headquarters, where protesters have held an unprecedented sit-in now in its sixth day. (Photo by -/AFP/Getty Images)
 

 

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (110 sites): Twitter Search / BklynEagle: One speaker referenced former New York Chief Judge Lippman’s stance that the planned Brooklyn jail is “out of scale.” Here’s our coverage of that from January. https://bit.ly/2Ik0Whx

One speaker referenced former New York Chief Judge Lippman’s stance that the planned Brooklyn jail is “out of scale.” Here’s our coverage of that from January. https://bit.ly/2Ik0Whx 

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (110 sites): Brooklyn Based: The Yinova Center spreads its good energy to Brooklyn

Specializing in fertility, pregnancy, and pediatrics, The Yinova Center has come to needle the family-friendly borough of Brooklyn. Photo: Daphne Youree

I’m lying in a dark room in my underwear, covered only by a mylar blanket and a sprinkling of needles sticking into my skin. I’m clutching an emergency button. Why? I’m at The Yinova Center, one of New York City’s leading acupuncture, bodywork, and Chinese medicine practices. They have opened a new location in Brooklyn Heights and I am trying a consultation and treatment for free (usually $170 for initial visit) for this article. I never need the emergency button because I am so relaxed by the end of the session that I almost fall asleep.

The gorgeous waiting room sets the stage for a soothing experience. Photo: Daphne Youree

There are many acupuncture spots in New York, but The Yinova Center (whose original location is in Flatiron) is renowned for their expertise in women’s health and the way they work in partnership with medical doctors on fertility treatments and pregnancy. “We noticed that a lot of our patients were coming from Brooklyn,” says Jill Blakeway, DACM, LAC, and founder of Yinova. “Our specialties, particularly the reproductive health specialties, pregnancy and fertility, and pediatrics, were really suited to Brooklyn where a lot of families move.” Chinese medicine has been found to greatly impact IVF, according to this study, this study, and this study. Plus, it turns out acupuncture and Chinese medicine create the perfect conditions for egg development, balancing hormones and enhancing uterine blood flow, among other things. But the center also offers integrative care for general health, for men, women, and children. It’s holistic care that treats the roots of the illness, rather than just the branches. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for anxiety, for instance, or for digestive issues, which is what I’m here for—acupuncture helps with that too.

My treatment room is warm and inviting, encouraging patients to open up about their issues. Photo: Daphne Youree

My practitioner, Elizabeth, spends about 45 minutes with me on a consultation. She takes my pulse, looks at my tongue, but most importantly, listens to me speak. This might seem like a small thing, but the Western doctors I’ve been to in recent years have written off my issues in less than a minute under the umbrella of IBS and left it at that. This is definitely not the doctor’s fault and mostly has to do with how health care is set up and paid for in this country. Elizabeth lets me ramble on about my Google searches, my doctor visits, and my home remedies. Then she told me she thought I was suffering from “cold stomach,” as a result of my C-section years ago. This intuitively makes sense to me, and I feel like Elizabeth is a genius for connecting it to that, which coincidentally was when my issues started.

“Acupuncturists have a minimum standard of education,” Blakeway explains afterward. “They have either a master’s or a doctorate [which] takes them four or five years of tertiary education.” On top of that, she adds, Yinova’s practitioners go through a rigorous hiring process.

Elizabeth puts me on a plan to “warm up” my stomach. It would take at least five weekly sessions to see progress, but Elizabeth is confident. I am told to forego my daily cold salads and smoothies and switch to cooked vegetables, soups and teas. Her plan includes probiotics, heat, and a weekly regimen of needles.

Dr. Jill Blakeway is the author of “Energy Medicine,” published by Harper Collins.

An acupuncturist’s tools are less scary than they sound. “The needles are like hair, you could tie them in a knot,” says Blakeway. It’s true that the needles are thin enough that sometimes you don’t even notice them pricking your skin. At times, though, you do feel a twitch in a different part of your body because under your skin everything is connected through a band of muscle called the fascia.

“I wrote an entire chapter on acupuncture in Energy Medicine because I wanted to explain the science behind it,” says Blakeway about her new book, published by Harper Collins in early April. Part memoir, part scientific study, Energy Medicine takes a critical look at different modes of healing with energy, beyond the one form we are most familiar with, Reiki. As she mentions, just one chapter is devoted to acupuncture; the rest details her travels around the world to document the ways people use therapeutic touch. One example in the book relays the successful animal studies in which a hands-on healing technique cured mammary cancer in mice.

The tincture and herbal pharmacy include remedies for everything including ointments for acne and traditional Chinese tinctures. Photo: Daphne Youree

Seemingly written for skeptics, Blakeway details this fascinating energy healing landscape with exhaustive research and granular studies on the subject matter, including an entire chapter on charlatans and placebos. She says that she started the book “in search of tangible evidence that energy healing exists,” and to explain the work she was doing and what she was offering her patients. It fills a hole in the market where science, and not just spirituality, is used to try to understand the compelling field of healing and wellness. After reading the book, it seems like much about energy healing is still cloaked in mystery, but the world of science is slowly coming around to its benefits.

The treatments are more expensive here than at local sliding-scale community acupuncture, but the practitioners are bona fide experts who are experienced with working alongside doctors. Photo: Daphne Youree

The week following my first treatment, I felt things changing within my body. I went back for a second treatment and am scheduled now for a third. In that time (almost four weeks) my health seems to have improved. I haven’t had a stomach ache since I began, and I would describe my digestion as now being semi-regular, which is a big change. Also, I’ve seen an increase in my energy levels, and I’ve been waking up before my alarm clock.

I’ve also been prescribed a tincture. Each of the practitioners at Yinova is also a licensed herbalist and they blend their own formulas in-house with herbs sourced from trusted growers and manufacturers. Once my body is in “balance,” I’d only need to see my acupuncturist three times a year for well visits, but for now, I’m on a weekly plan.

At each session, Yinova’s practitioners gather a true barometer of my health just as a Western clinician would, recording things like my pulse. The success of the treatments is not just based on my opinion, in other words, but on actual data points.

The Yinova Center, 147 Remsen St., Brooklyn Heights, 718.928.6533

Initial Consultation & First Treatments begin at $170; Follow Up Treatments start at $135; Pediatric Initial Consultation is $100 and Pediatric Follow Up Treatment $75. Multi-treatment packages are also available.

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El Secretario de Estado, Luis G. Rivera Marín, anunció hoy las Ferias de Pasaportes a celebrarse el sábado 13 de abril, en Ponce y Fajardo, simultáneamente, como parte de los esfuerzos para que las familias que van a viajar en verano no tengan inconvenientes al momento de presentarse al aeropuerto o puerto de embarque. De igual manera en la actividad también se ofrecerá orientación sobre los beneficios de la Tarjeta Pasaporte (Passport Card) como método de identificación en viajes domésticos.

La Feria de Pasaportes de este próximo sábado, indicó Rivera Marín, posibilita a los ciudadanos completar su solicitud para obtener el libro de pasaportes y la Passport Card, más dejarla juramentada para el trámite correspondiente durante un día que regularmente no es laborable. “El mayor atractivo de la Feria de Pasaportes tanto en Ponce como en Fajardo, es que más allá de ofrecerle orientación a los ciudadanos, éstos podrán completar la solicitud y dejarla juramentada, y además, que pueden hacer el trámite un sábado cuando regularmente estas oficinas están cerradas. El gobernador Ricardo Rosselló tiene muy presente que miles de familias puertorriqueñas viajan en distintas épocas del año, y mucho más durante las vacaciones de verano y nuestro interés es que puedan disfrutar de los planes que quizás hicieron con meses de anticipación”, expresó el Secretario.

La Feria que realiza el Departamento de Estado para beneficio de los ciudadanos de Ponce y pueblos cercanos, se llevará a cabo en el Edificio Ponce Servicios, calle Mayor #72, en el primer nivel, entrando por la calle Guadalupe. En Fajardo, será en el Edificio Biblioteca Electrónica Ricardo S. Belaval, Segundo Piso, Calle Garrido Morales esq. Josefina Ferrero, Plaza de Recreo de Fajardo. Ambas actividades en horario de 9:00am a 3:00pm.

El funcionario puntualizó: “Queremos llegar a la mayor población posible, ya sea en Ponce, Fajardo y/o pueblos cercanos con toda la orientación necesaria. Todo aquel con planes de viajar debe tomar en consideración el tiempo que toma solicitar o renovar los pasaportes, de manera que lo tengan a tiempo para su viaje”.

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When “The View” addressed WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s arrest in London on Thursday, co-hosts Meghan McCain and Sunny Hostin didn’t hold back their feelings, arguing over whether or not Assange is protected by the first amendment.

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The Global Security News: 1. US Security from Michael_Novakhov (87 sites): Washington Free Beacon: Progressive Groups Pressure House Democrats to Investigate Kavanaugh

Progressive groups sent a letter to members of the House Committees on the Judiciary and Oversight and Reform on Thursday, calling on them to investigate the confirmation process of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, despite a panel of federal judges dismissing all 83 ethics complaints in December.

Since being confirmed last fall largely along party lines, Kavanaugh has received minimal scrutiny from Democrats in Congress, but they are receiving increased pressure from over two dozen progressive groups to investigate Kavanaugh, demanding inquiries into the allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh, according to BuzzFeed.

Kavanaugh and one of the women who said he sexually assaulted her in high school, Christine Blasey Ford, presented dueling testimonies before the Senate in late September. Trump ordered the FBI to conduct a weeklong investigation. The FBI’s report was sealed — Republicans said it cleared Kavanaugh, while Democrats argued that it was incomplete, noting that the FBI didn’t interview key witnesses, including Ford and Kavanaugh.

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Thursday’s letter also urges the House to seek access to records from Kavanaugh’s tenure in the George W. Bush administration that Senate Republicans released through a contested vetting process run by an outside lawyer, William Burck, as opposed to the National Archives. The groups are also asking Congress to investigate personal financial debt that Kavanaugh had previously disclosed and that the White House said was due to the purchase of baseball tickets and home improvements.

“Senate Republicans made a mockery of their constitutional responsibility to provide ‘advice and consent’ on the president’s nomination of Justice Kavanaugh, and the American people deserve to know how and why the process was such a sham,” the liberal groups wrote. “The public is just as entitled to a thorough review of Justice Kavanaugh’s record now as it was before he was elevated to the Supreme Court and to know whether allegations against him of sexual assault and perjury have any factual basis.”

They also accused the White House of dictating the terms of the supplemental FBI investigation, claiming this limited the amount of time given to conduct the investigation and decide which witnesses could be interviewed.

The 26 groups who signed the letter include Demand Justice, Indivisible, Women’s March, UltraViolet, National Women’s Health Network, and several other groups who were vocal against Kavanaugh during the nomination process.

Demand Justice, a liberal dark money advocacy group that spent over $5 million in an attempt to defeat Kavanaugh last fall, was instrumental in increasing pressure on Senate Democrats to announce their opposition to the nominee.

Their executive director Brian Fallon originally pitched the idea for the group in last April, months before President Donald Trump nominated Kavanaugh, during the spring conference of  the Democracy Alliance, a wealthy liberal donor network that funnels millions of dollars into approved political groups.

Weeks before Justice Anthony M. Kennedy announced plans to retire, Demand Justice launched a “Ditch the List” website and digital ad campaign targeting Trump’s potential Supreme Court nominees. The campaign directly targeted a list Trump previously compiled of potential nominees, one that included Kavanaugh. In June 2018, less than 24 hours after Kennedy announced he would retire in July, Demand Justice hosted a rally with several Senate Democrats on the stairs of the Supreme Court with “Ditch the List” signs.

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