- More fall-out from allegations
against the President'sSupreme Court pick.
Welcome to Faith Nation.
I'm Jenna Browder.
- And I'm John Jessup.
The President is standingby the nominee tonight,
saying Judge Brett Kavanaugh is, quote,
somebody very special.
- But assault allegationsfrom more than 30 years ago
could be putting the SupremeCourt nomination in jeopardy.
- CBN White House correspondentBen Kennedy has the story.
- Well, John and Jenna, the White House
is standing with theirpick for the high court.
Democrats are callingon Committee Chairman,
Senator Charles Grassley,
to delay Thursday's scheduled vote
until members can get moreanswers into these allegations.
This, as Judge BrettKavanaugh again today says
the story is not true.
- [Man] Judge Kavanaugh.
- [Ben] The allegationagainst Supreme Court nominee
Brett Kavanaugh became more of a threat
after his accuser publicly spoke out.
Christine Blasey Ford came forward,
accusing the judge ofsexually assaulting her
at a high school party in the early '80s.
Ford first shared her story in July
with Senator DianneFeinstein seeking anonymity.
Feinstein later gave it to the FBI.
The Washington Post reportsFord took a polygraph test
administered by a formerFBI agent in early August
and concluded that Fordwas being truthful.
Ford says she's willing to tell her story
to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
- She should not be ignored.
She should testify under oath
and she should do it on Capitol Hill.
- [Ben] Kavanaugh isprepared to appear as well
and continues to denythe allegations, saying,
"This is a completely false allegation.
"I have never done anythinglike what the accuser describes
"to her or anyone becausethis never happened.
"I had no idea who wasmaking this accusation
"until she identified herself yesterday.
"I am willing to talk to theSenate Judiciary Committee
"in any way the Committeedeems appropriate
:to refute this falseallegation from 36 years ago
"and defend my integrity."
Some Senate Republicansbelieve this is all a ploy
by Democrats to delay the vote.
- The reality is the leftknows their only ability
to impose their agenda onAmerica is through the courts.
That's why they arefighting tooth and nail
to stop this President in his nomination
and confirmation of justices,especially the Supreme Court.
- [Ben] But RepublicanSenator Jeff Flake says
Ford must be heard andthat he's not comfortable
moving ahead with the vote on Thursday
if we have not heard her side of the story
or explored this further.
- I think he's on track, yeah.
I mean I think he's very much on track.
If they delay it a littlebit just to make sure
They want to be happy.
I can tell you, the Republican senators
want to be 100% happy themselves.
They're doing it very,very professionally.
Again, this should've beenbrought up a long time ago.
- That scheduled vote onKavanaugh's nomination
might not happen Thursdayas we wait to hear
if and when the Committeemight hear testimony
from Ford and Kavanaugh.
Ben Kennedy, CBN News, Washington.
- Thank you, Ben.
Our Capitol Hill correspondent,
Abigail Robertson, joins us now.
Abigail, what are youhearing up on the Hill?
- Well, a lot of senatorson both sides of the aisle
are saying this is a very serious charge
that needs to be lookedinto before moving forward
and, as Ben said, both Judge Kavanaugh,
and Dr. Ford are prepared to testify
before the Committee about this incident,
but no dates have been set yet.
And if those testimonies end up happening,
they might not be done in public.
But in the meantime, a few Republicans
who were pretty safe yes voteson Kavanaugh's confirmation
say they want to hearfrom both parties involved
as soon as possible.
- One name that we're hearinga lot of is Susan Collins,
the senator from Maine.
What can you tell us about herand where she stands on this?
- Well, she tweeted earlier
that she thinks ProfessorFord and Judge Kavanaugh
should both testify under oath
before the Judiciary Committee
and a lot of other senators
are agreeing with that statement as well.
- Some are calling for a delay in this.
They want to hear from this woman.
What's the timeline looking like, Abigail?
- Well, Chairman Grassley's office
has not announced a new timeline yet,
and they're trying to stay on track
with that Thursday Committee vote,
but with the Senate off forYom Kippur on Wednesday,
if both Kavanaugh andFord end up testifying
before the Committee, it's unlikely
that vote will happen onThursday, but we'll see.
- Yeah, and there's a lot of controversy
about the timing of thisletter and when it came out
because Dianne Feinstein,senator from California,
she had this letter back in July.
What's your sense upthere with the frustration
and how some of the moreconservative senators are feeling?
Chairman Grassley's office saysit raises a lot of questions
about the tactics andmotives of the Democrats
that they just now broughtthese accusations to light
when Senator Feinstein has had the letter
and known about this since July.
And Grassley says,
if Feinstein really tookthis claim seriously,
she should've brought it to the attention
of the full Committee much sooner
instead of waiting untilthe hearing process finished
and they were on the eveof this Committee vote.
And the President echoed that sentiment
just a few minutes ago,
saying this should've been brought up
long, long before now.
- Abigail Robertson,live on the Hill for us.
Thank you, Abigail.
- Thank you.
- Carrie Severino of theJudicial Crisis Network
joins us now for more.
Carrie, what do you makeof these allegations
and the fact that thewoman making them now
has taken this step to come forward.
- Yeah, well what we're seeing here is
allegations that are totally at odds
with what we have seen so far
of Judge Kavanaugh'scharacter and reputation.
You've got someone who's beenin public life for 25 years,
undergone six differentbackground checks in that time.
There's never been a whisperof misconduct in any of those.
You've got women who havealready been on the record
from every stage of his career
who've known him in allthese different times
who have said this doesn't sound
like the Judge Kavanaugh we know.
And now, 65 women came outthat knew him from high school,
saying the Kavanaugh we knew
was someone who was veryrespectful with women.
That doesn't sound consistent with him.
On top of that, his ownpersonal, unequivocal denial
that this is what happened.
I think it also, whenyou take into context
of how Senator Feinstein herselftreated these allegations,
she had them since July.
She did not bring them up
in front of the Judiciary Committee.
She didn't bring them up when she herself
was interviewing Judge Kavanaugh.
She didn't bring themup in the closed session
of the Judiciary hearingthat is off the record
so could've protected the confidentiality.
She wasn't treating these
as if she found them credibleor serious or relevant
and I think it's strange now to see,
at the very eve of the vote,
now, suddenly, a lot of people using them
to say now we need to delay.
- A lot of people aretalking about the timing.
However, there are Republicanswho are on the Committee
who are suggesting thatmaybe the right thing to do
is to delay and to hitthe pause on the vote
to take some time to investigate
and hear from both JudgeKavanaugh and his accuser.
What are your thoughts on that?
- I agree, and I think it'sclear that, for the White House
and the Senate Judiciary Committee to say
we want to make sure wegive a chance for both sides
to tell their side of the story
and get questioned by senators.
I think the question is
does that become then a dilatory process?
Are we gonna use this tojust slow walk things?
Or can we go and actuallyhave the investigation
and then move on?
What I'm seeing is a lot of the Democrats
are using this simply--
These are the same peoplewho were saying back in July
let's delay this, let's not have a vote.
They were saying it in August.
They were saying it in September.
We can't let it be a purely political
using this allegation as a delay tactic.
I think giving both sides afair chance to hear things
can be done and still can bedone in a reasonable manner
that it doesn't end up dragging on.
- Carrie, a perfect segueinto my next question.
This has already been a highly partisan
Do you think that this isjust another example of that?
- Yeah, unfortunately.
I mean last week, JusticeGinsburg was interviewed
before all this stuffeven started breaking
the way it is now, and she wasinterviewed by a former clerk
talking about her confirmation process.
Remember, she worked for the ACLU.
She was very active in liberalcauses and feminist causes.
She got confirmed with onlythree votes against her,
Justice Scalia, similarly.
Very committed to his judicial philosophy
on the opposite side.
He was confirmed unanimously.
She said the way it wasdone then was better.
The way it's being done now is not right.
And she was very criticalof the circus we had seen
up until now in the hearings,
which already was really anoffensive thing to watch,
I think, in many ways,
the way it was being used for demagoguery
rather than even lookinginto the candidate.
I'm afraid this is justanother step in that process
and even the Democrats seem to be
using this woman's allegations
as more of a partisanploy, as a delay tactic,
than really even taking it seriously.
- Carrie, I just want to ask you,
Politico is now reporting thatthe Judicial Crisis Network
is getting ready to spend $1.5million in TV ad campaigns
that will feature a long-timefriend of Kavanaugh's.
Is this, in any way, a sign or a signal
that, perhaps, his supporters think
that his nomination is now in jeopardy?
Do you think that he'll bethe next Supreme Court Justice
on the Supreme Court?
- Oh, I definitely do.
What it is is illustrating thevery purpose that we exist,
which is to make sure that, for nominees
in this kind of a position
who are faithful to the Constitution,
faithful to the ruleof law and, therefore,
getting a lot of attacks from the left,
that there's someone thereto be an advocate for them.
We've run lots of adstalking about Judge Kavanaugh
up until now and this is just the latest,
trying to make sure peopleare aware of who he is
and aren't just listening to the smears
and the slurs from the other side.
- Carrie Severino, we'll leave it there.
Thanks for joining us.
- Have a great day.
- In other news, the aftermath
of Hurricane Florence continues.
The storm is responsiblefor at least 23 deaths
in North and South Carolina
as hundreds of thousandsare still without power.
Amber Strong has more.
- [Amber] Now a tropical depression,
the remnants of Hurricane Florence
are still lashing the Carolinas.
- Well, what we're dealing with is
probably the most catastrophic disaster
that this county has seenin the last 50 or 60 years.
- [Amber] The powerfulstorm and heavy rain
leaving more than 500,000 in the dark
and prompting hundreds of water rescues
like this mother and babysaved by the Coast Guard.
- [Guardsman] We've got you.
- [Amber] But inWilmington, North Carolina,
firefighters prayed outside the scene
where a mother and hereight-month-old were killed
when a tree crashedinto their home Friday.
The injured father wastaken to the hospital.
Teams like the NationalGuard, the U.S. Marine Corps,
and volunteer groups like the Cajun Navy
and the New York FireDepartment are all on the scene.
- When you can help your fellow man,
when you can get out there anddo what you're trained to do,
that's a great thing.
- [Amber] North CarolinaSenator Thom Tillis
says the economic impacton the Tar Heel State
will be long-lasting.
- The agriculture industry,
the largest industry inour state, is hard hit.
We're gonna have to sortout the crop damage.
- [Amber] The federal government saying
the recovery process willtake a full team effort.
- It's locally executed, state managed,
federally supported, and that'sthe model that we shoot for.
- [Amber] Also warningother states to beware,
as the effects ofFlorence continue inland.
- We're also anticipatingyou're about to see
a lot of damage goingthrough West Virginia
all the way up to Ohioas this system exits out.
- [Amber] PresidentTrumps says he's pleased
with the comprehensiverecovery response so far,
tweeting FEMA, firstresponders, and law enforcement
are working really hardon Hurricane Florence.
As the storm begins to finally recede,
they will keick into an even higher gear.
Amber Strong, CBN News.
- Thanks, Amber.
Well, CBN News National SecurityCorrespondent Erik Rosales
has been in North Carolina
since before Florence hit
last week.- That's right.
He joins us now from downtown Wilmington.
Erik, what is it like therein the wake of the storm?
- Well, I tell you what, guys.
It is very sweaty right now and it's...
It's very sweaty right now.
We're not out of the woods just yet,
and the reason for thathas to do with the river
just down the street over here.
All the water that's fromthe mountains and everything
goes down into the Cape Fear River.
And that Cape Fear Riveris expected to rise.
We just ended up receivinga news conference
from the Mayor and he saysthat it could actually rise
either Tuesday or Wednesday,so that is not good news
and it could actuallyflood more things inland.
Take a look.
The storm is speeding upas it exits the Carolinas,
but it's still dumping rain, lots of it,
more than 30 inches in some places.
Rescue teams are out in full force,
pulling about 1,000 peoplefrom their flooded homes
and shelters are overwhelmed.
Wilmington is now cut off
and officials are planning to fly food
and water into the city of 120,000 people.
- This storm has never been more dangerous
than it is right now.
- [Erik] Neighborhoodslook like a war zone.
Streets are a maze of fallen trees.
- The next half of the tree went
and hit the roof, knocked the chimney down
onto my first floor den,
and that knocked a hole in the roof.
- [Erik] While nature ispunishing the Carolinas,
neighbors from nearby statesare stepping up to help.
These men traveled from Tennessee,
small business owners who say
they are just doing whatGod wants them to do.
- Just seems like the right thing to do,
you know, help people out.
They gotta be able toget back to their homes
and they can't do thatunless we clean it up.
- Just the need to give back, you know.
The Lord's blessed usso we can bless others.
(chainsaw motor revs)
- I've driven aroundthe town a little bit.
I could see how badly we've been hit.
It's gonna take a lot of people like this
coming down to help us recover.
We ain't gonna be ableto do it by ourselves.
- That's right, it's all about being
the hands and feet of Jesus out here.
We've witnessed a numberof people doing that,
helping each other.
Carolinans are definitely resilient.
- Wow, just devastating scenes
that you captured there in your story.
Erik, I know that you've got FEMA
and you've got he Coast Guard out there.
Tell us a little bit about thefederal government response.
What have you seen?
- Right, actually, we havesome good news to report.
We actually just came back from seeing
about 20 semi-trucks with huge tires.
They were able to make itthrough the floodzone areas
along with a state trooper escort.
They brought in 20 semi-trucks
that will be able to feedsome 60,000 residents
here in the county overthe next four days.
They have enough food andwater for 60,000 residents
over the next four days and, who knows,
that may even help us because
we're starting to run out of food here.
You go to the market and there's nothing.
The shelves are bare along with no gas.
- Yeah, Erik, tell ushow the community there
has really come togetherto each other's aid.
- Oh, they certainly have.
I mean I gotta tell you,the southern hospitality
is definitely out.
They actually, some of them made biscuits
with whatever they could andbrought them into the hotel
and we've been able tohave biscuits with them
and share stories aboutprevious hurricanes.
It's just people comingtogether and helping each other.
In the story, we talked tothose two men from Tennessee.
They own their own business
and they ended up just wantingto help out the people,
so they do that and they just come
and they start clearing away the streets.
Nobody told them to.
They say just God.
- Just God.
All right, Erik Rosales for us
in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Erik, thank you.
We'll be right back after a quick break.
Today is Constitution Day,a day Americans celebrate
the signing of the U.S. Constitution.
And while this holidaydefinitely gets less fanfare
than the Fourth of July, itis arguably just as important.
The Constitution is thecountry's blueprint for governing
and spells out its three separate branches
and system of checks and balances.
It was signed on this day in 1787,
11 years after the U.S.gained independence.
Since then, 27 amendments have been added
to the Constitution.
- Well, the separation ofpower, checks and balances,
limited government, and individual rights,
those are all key tenetsof the Constitution,
but is American in danger
of losing those founding principles?
Well, David Brody satdown to discuss the issue
with one of the country'sleading conservative voices.
- [Commander] No retreat!
- [David] As The Patriot,
Mel Gibson may have played the movie role,
but national author, TV andradio personality Mark Levin
wants to bring that personato the modern day world
via the airwaves.
- This is LevinTV, I'm Mark Levin,
where we are not fair and balanced.
We are 100% pro-Americanand patriots here.
- [David] His book,Rediscovering Americanism,
provides to Americans clues
to this country's structural founding
and the progressive philosophy
trying to fundamentally destroy it.
- People are curious about their country.
They're curious about its founding.
They're curious about liberty.
They don't hear a lot about it.
You turn on TV, never hear about it.
The culture never discusses it.
- [David] Levin rightsthat wrong by going deeper
into the writings of top liberalphilosophers and thinkers
in order to reveal their true agenda.
- The early progressives,like Wilson and Croly
and these fellows, theyrelied on philosophers
like Marx and Hegel and Rousseau,
all of whom reject the notion
of the laws of nature and nature's god.
Now that phrase, those phrases,
are in our Declaration of Independence.
They're not even taughtin most public schools.
They're certainly not taughtin universities and colleges.
Yet that goes to the core of our founding.
- [David] Levin says rejecting natural law
means progressives reject avital part of civil society.
- They're universal laws.
They're universal, eternal truths.
Right and wrong.
Good and evil.
A moral order.
People are to be virtuous and prudential
and be temperate and so forth and so on.
And what does it mean, universal truths?
Well, these God given universal truths.
Man can't make them andman can't take them away
whether it's in the form ofa legislature or a dictator
or a vote of your community.
- [David] Levin points outPresident Woodrow Wilson
as one of the biggest offenders
who espoused a progressive doctrine
before taking over as Commander in Chief.
- Woodrow Wilson relentlessly attacked
separation of powers.
He relentless attacked theprinciples of the Declaration.
He dismissed them.
He dismissed the Declarationas a Revolutionary document
by pioneers that havenothing to do with a modern
and complex society, as hehad to to be a progressive.
- [David] Levin says progressives believe
re-writing Americanhistory will allow them
to create a monster government
where the state and individual become one.
In other words, a world whereelites know best, not you.
- Let me ask you a question about that.
We have this massive administrative state.
How are these people experts?
They're part of the civil service.
They're part of a public sector union.
Some of them have theirjobs because of seniority.
Some of them have becauseof affirmative action.
Is it based on training?
Is it based on Ivy League schools?
Is it based on experience?
So the whole myth that government's filled
with these experts who are noble,
who are gonna improve health care
and education and so forth,
it's been a myth, it'sbeen a lie from day one,
from their philosophers to their thinkers
to their current politicians,like Bernie Sanders.
- [David] Levin says elitism
leads to government-created rights
never intended by our founders.
- Our colonists didn't fight a revolution
for health care and food and shelter.
They figured we'll take care of that.
We want our liberty.
We want our freedom.
If we do not engage inthe battle of ideas,
not so much against elites,but elitism, we're gonna lose
because most societiesare formed by the elites,
by the intellectuals, by the academics
whether we like it or not.
- You could say this bookissues a dire warning.
Rediscover Americanism or risk losing
our country's reason for being,
another example of Levin seekingto play the role of patriot
or possibly that of modernday founding father,
if there were such thing.
Have you ever thoughtabout going back in time
to a certain period inhistory where you might--
- I had a feeling you mighthave thought about that.
What period of history would've that
been?- I would have
loved to have been a delegate
at the Constitutional Convention.
And sometimes I think to myself,
was born at the wrong time.
I really do.
That the birth of a nation,
to have an impact atthe birth of a nation,
not that I would have done any better,
but just to participate in that,
I can't think of anything,other than family,
I can't think of anything more glorious.
And so I think that would be it.
- What about being atruth teller today though?
- History will judge.
- [David] Mark Levin,using pen, microphone,
and today's media, has his weapons
to keep the dream ofAmerica's founders alive.
David Brody, CBN News.
- [Jenna] The miraculousstory of how one Missouri boy
survived what shouldhave been a deadly fall.
(light dramatic music)
- Miracle boy and medical marvel.
That is how people aredescribing a young Missouri boy
who fell face first into ameat skewer and survived.
- Well, Jenna, I had thechance to visit the little boy
and his family over theweekend in Kansas City,
and he told me he's justgrateful to be alive.
Fifth grader, Xavier Cunningham,
feels like a kid on top of the world,
a far cry from wherehe was just a week ago,
recovering from major surgery
with his life hanging in the balance.
The nightmare began at atreehouse behind the family home,
where a swarm of hornets started to sting
Xavier and his friends.
Xavier fell onto a nearly foot-long
metal rotisserie meat skewer below,
piercing him through the left cheek
right to the back of the skull.
Amazingly, it missedhis brain, spinal cord,
and any major nerves.
Three days after his operation,
doctors cleared him to return home.
- He woke up.
Everything was just precious to him.
It's still precious,just the little things.
The sunrise, he had to turn to watch it.
And he would just start crying.
He'd say it's beautiful.
- [John] And two dayslater, we were with him
when he ventured out forFriday night football.
Xavier knows that his storyis nothing short of a miracle
and he credits that to his faith in Jesus.
- So when you're justgetting to know Jesus,
you're like, oh, he savedus, he gave his life for us.
After this, it's just likehe truly is the God Almighty.
- Xavier, there's anythingelse you want to say?
- Just stay strong and don't be afraid
if anything like this happens.
- An amazing kid who's gonna have
an amazing testimony to share
for the rest of his life.- Wow.
Just seeing that he only has
what appears to be a Band-Aidor a bandage after that.
- Small scar.- It's a miracle.
Well, that's gonna do itfor today's Faith Nation.
- Have a great day.