- President Trump taking to social media
to criticize the womanaccusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh
of sexual assault.
Welcome to Faith Nation, I'm John Jessup.
- And I'm Amber Strong.
The President's criticism comes
as Republican Senatorslook to reach middle ground
in compelling Christine Ford to testify.
Ford says she is willingspeak on the allegations
if certain conditions are met.
- And now GOP lawmakers areconsidering counteroffers.
White House correspondent Ben Kennedy
joins us now with details.
- Well John and Amber thereis a deal on the table
by the GOP.
Essentially the hearingwill be held on Wednesday.
One camera in the room
and Judge Brett Kavanaughwill not be present
during Christine Blasey Ford's testimony.
Now Christine Blasey Ford's attorney
wanted Thursday so we'llhave to wait and see
if one day could hold up thesigning off on this offer.
- So we'll let it play out.
And I think everything'sgonna be just fine.
- [Ben] President Trumpis no longer holding back
and took to Twitter to fightfor his Supreme Court nominee
saying I have no doubt thatif the attack on Dr. Ford
was as bad as she says,
charges would have been immediately filed
with local law enforcement authorities
by either her or her loving parents.
I ask that she bring those filings forward
so that we can learndate, time, and place.
- The President is defending his nominee.
But that nominee needs to defend himself.
Against what he says are uncategorically
and unequivocally false allegations.
He says he was not at the party.
- [Ben] Kavanaugh iseager to defend himself
as soon as possible.
His accuser Christine Blasey Ford
only wants to tell her sideif key conditions are met.
She reportedly doesn'twant Kavanaugh in the room.
He must be questioned first.
And only members of thecommittee can question her,
no lawyers or Senate aides.
- The truth is the truth.
So he's willing to say it,
yesterday, today, tomorrow,this weekend, last weekend,
certainly Monday next week.
But any delay beyond that by Senators
who already said they aregoing to vote against him
is politicizing the process.
- [Ben] Ford is accusing the judge
of sexually assaultingher at a high school party
in the early '80s.
The Washington Post reportsshe didn't tell anyone
at the time because shewas a terrified teenager,
afraid of getting introuble with her parents.
Ford's sister in law told ABC News
coming forward was not easy.
- I'm sure she's preparing mentally to
embrace her truth and
kind of get past thethings that have made her
feel like she has tohide it and be silent.
- Now John Senators aresaying they really do
wanna hear both sidesbefore moving forward
with any kind of a vote.
That being said, theSenate Judiciary Committee
is giving Ford's attorneyuntil the end of Friday
to make a decision.
So really the clock's ticking.
- Sure. Ben, thanks for keeping us posted.
- Fallout from theallegation is dividing women
into two camps.
Those who say they know BrettKavanaugh and support him
and others who standbehind the accuser saying
her story is similar to their own.
Capitol Hill CorrespondentAbigail Robertson explains.
- More than 75 women who'veknown Judge Brett Kavanaugh
for decades came forwardFriday to defend his character
and talk about why theystill support the nominee.
- The allegation beingleveled against him is false.
And we are proud to stand with Brett.
- Brett Kavanaugh is a good man
who is incapable of mistreating anyone.
- [Abigail] Kavanaugh's former girlfriend
Laura Fitzgerald told thecrowd she wanted to make
one think clear.
She was not there for political reasons.
- Brett was the kindof guy that you wanted
to take home to meet your parents.
The allegation againstBrett is inconsistent
with everything thatI have known about him
as a person.
- [Abigail] And a closefamily friend talked about
the hardship Kavanaugh's wifeand kids are going through.
- I am heartbroken over the way
that this preciousfamily has been treated.
What saddens me the mostis the fact that I know
this person Brett Kavanaugh to be a person
of the highest moralcharacter and integrity.
- [Abigail] The pressconference came one day
after Senators receiveda letter signed by 1,000
women who've attended HoltonArms School over the years,
the same school attendedby Kavanaugh's accuser
Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
- Her experience isconsistent with experiences
that we have heard andlived and many of us
are survivors ourselves.
- [Abigail] While manywho have signed the letter
have never met Dr. Ford,
they maintain they knew of instances
similar to the one she described.
- Don't mess.
With the alumni of the Holton Arms School.
But most importantlydon't mess with survivors.
Because this is not 1991.
And America has their back.
- While details of a potential testimony
are still being debated,
lawyers for Dr. Ford saythe attention and scrutiny
have led to threats against their client
and forced her to leave her home.
Reporting from Washington,Abigail Robertson, CBN News.
- And Hadley HeathManning is policy director
of the Independent Women's Forum
she joins us now for more.
Hadley clearly sexual assaultis a very serious allegation,
what is the proper way you think
of going about evaluatingthese allegations
against Judge Kavanaugh?
- Well certainly sexual assaultis a serious allegation.
We have to weigh theevidence on both sides
in any accusation of sexual assault.
We should be very reluctant to group
all sexual assault accusations together.
We live in the age of me too.
We live in the age wherewomen are more likely
to get a fair hearingabout their accusations.
And yet each individual accusation
comes with its own set of facts.
And in this case with Judge Kavanaugh
we have a singleunsubstantiated accusation
from 36 years ago.
It's gonna be verydifficult for the accuser
to compile enough evidenceto convince the public
and our lawmakers that her claim is true.
And of course on the flip side,
it would be nearly impossiblefor Judge Kavanaugh
to completely defend himself
when you can't prove a negative.
You can't disprove thatthe events of 36 years ago
didn't take place.
So both the accuser and Judge Kavanaugh
are in a difficult position.
- Hadley you alluded tothis just a few seconds ago
but how much of an impact do you think
being in this me toomoment is going to have
on this particular situation?
- Well I hope thatlawmakers and the public
will set aside the culturalevents that we've seen
take place over the past couple of years
and focus again on thisas an individual case.
When we have seen peopleaccused of sexual misconduct
and you know Harvey Weinstein being maybe
the primary example and thenin the world of politics
certainly Roy Moore
and we could go back in time
to former President Bill Clinton.
A lot of times we'll see a pattern where
an initial accusationreally triggers a waterfall
of many accusations.
In the case of JudgeKavanaugh we haven't see that.
In fact to the contrary we've seen
many men and women acrossthe political spectrum
stepping forward to defend his character
and to say they really don'tthink that this accusation
fits what they know about the Judge.
So we have to take theevidence from both sides
in that context and that's what makes this
a very difficult time, notjust for Judge Kavanaugh
and for Dr. Ford, the womanbringing the accusation.
But also for the me too movement
because of course people willsee this particular claim
as something that relatesto the broader movement
and it may not be fair to stake
all of the sexual assaultclaims in the world
on this one particular set of facts.
- Final question for you,
do you think Judge Kavanaughshould be confirmed?
- I do.
I think Judge Kavanaughif you look at the breadth
of evidence in terms of notjust his personal character
but also his professionalrecord as a judge
who has respected the foundersdesign for the Constitution.
He's someone who wouldnot bring partisan lens
to the Supreme Court.
In fact he is respected byRepublicans and Democrats alike.
He's someone who would bringa balanced point of view
and a Constitution focused point of view
to the Supreme Court.
And aside from thisaccusation that came to light
over the weekend that really unfortunately
puts a bad light on his nomination now.
Everything seems, allthe ducks seemed in a row
in terms of getting himconfirmed to the Supreme Court.
And I hope that asidefrom any new evidence
or aside from any new accusations,
seems like the evidence simply isn't there
to convict Judge Kavanaugh
in the court of public opinion
or to change minds of our lawmakers
when it comes to his confirmation.
- Hadley Heath Manning thank you so much
for joining us and for your insight.
- Thank you.
- The Values Voters Summit is bringing
some of the biggest namesin the conservative movement
to Washington this weekend.
The Family Research Councilputs on the event each year
and with Judge Kavanaugh's Supreme Court
Senate confirmation vote in question,
majority leader Mitch McConnell took
to the Values Voters stage this morning.
- You all following thecurrent Supreme Court hype
and you will watch it unfold
in the course of the next week.
President Trump has nominated a stunningly
You've watched the fight,
you've watched the tactics,
but here's what I wanna tell ya.
In the very near future,
Judge Kavanaugh will be on theUnited States Supreme Court.
- Our Chief Political Analyst David Brody
was at Values Voters Summit this morning.
David what was it like today?
- A lot of enthusiasm Amber.
Mitch McConnell that wasreally the highlight so far.
And when he said thatline that we just heard
basically the crowd raised to its feet,
wide standing ovation. Thenso you know there were a lot
of political speeches obviously,
there's also talk about rallying the base
and all of that praying for the nation.
But Amber I gotta tell youwhen it all gets down to
and it's all about enthusiasm.
Can evangelicals actuallymatch the anti Trump
enthusiasm on the other side.
That's the midterm election question.
So we went in search ofenthusiasm, have a look.
Sir, how you doing?
We're looking for enthusiasm.
Are you excited?
- I'm excited.
- No I mean mid-term elections?
- Mid term elections?
- Are you gonna vote?
- Of course, yeah.
- What about your friends and family?
- Oh yeah, we always vote.
- All right we're looking for enthusiasm.
Hi, anybody enthusiastic?
Are we enthusiastic aboutthe mid-term elections?
Do we care?
- Yes we do care.
- Because the Democratsthey're not playing around.
- That is true.
But I'm curious to knowwhat is their policy agenda.
- Good point.
But they're like up here.
If this the enthusiasm.
They're like, they're very anti Trump.
- Yeah that is true.
There is I guess you wouldcall it enthusiasm gap.
And I think part of itcould be contributed to
the lack of resolveamongst Senate Republican
maintaining the President's agenda.
- People who are saying that
the conservatives are disinterested,
their not really involved,that is not true.
- Not true?
- And you know why?
Because the more the left doesthe things that they're doing
the more it motivates the right
and it galvanizes them.
- Excuse me sir, hey how are you?
We're looking for peoplethat are enthusiastic
about the midterms.
Are you enthusiastic?
- I am optimistic. I'm hopeful.
I think it's gonna berequiring a major effort
of Republicans to get out to the polls
and to bring their friends out.
- It's gonna be tough
- And realize how challenging it is.
There's been so much misinformation
about the accomplishmentsof the Trump administration.
- [David] The crowd here at least
is pumped and ready to vote.
And typically evangelicalsshow up in mid term elections.
They make up roughly26% of the electorate.
This year a new wrinkle,
the Kavanaugh controversy.
What will that mean forevangelical enthusiasm?
- If he does not get itconfirmed, we need to step it up.
We need to make sure thatwe get someone in there.
And of course Trump is theone that makes the decisions
but we need to get somebodyin there that's more solid.
- So you blame more Democrats for this
than Republicans not getting Kavanaugh?
- Yeah, yeah, yeah.
We don't want that leadership in.
- David on the streetwith the people. David,
- That's me John.
On the street with the people.
- Tony Perkins this morning described the
Values Voters Summit asthe largest conservative
event of the year.
We saw Mike Pompeo, Mitch McConnell,
Michelle Bachman and others.
I would imagine a lot of conservatives
are scrambling to get onstage just to share their
conservative bona fides.
- That's right and thesitting Vice President
oh by the way Mike Pencewill speak on Saturday.
It's the first time theValues Voters Summit
actually had a sitting VicePresident speak to them.
And last year there wasa guy named Donald Trump
the President of the United States
who spoke to Values Voters Summit.
So it's a big deal. Andnot only is it a big deal
because they're getting the names
but C-Span covers it live.
The mainstream media is paying attention
and so it can drive thenarrative in Washington.
- [John] Sure- You actually broke some news
coming out of the Values Voters Summit.
Yeah, you do that on Twitter.
You broke some news this morning
coming out of the Values Voters Summit.
Tell us about that.
- Right. So there's gonnabe a Values Bus Tour
that the Family ResearchCouncil is going to start.
And it's gonna start on Saturday,
this weekend right afterthe Values Voters Summit.
It's gonna go to 12 battleground states.
It'll go to Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri,
lots of different ones.
And basically there gonna have folks like
Congressman Mark Meadows and Louie Gomert
you know get the bus going
and get the conservativepoliticians on the bus
and basically go around to these states
and say you need to vote your values.
And their gonna obviouslypush Judaeo Christian values.
And that'll be the bigvoter mobilization tour
that the Family Research Council will use
in conjunction with their15,000 church network.
It's a pretty vast network.
- David shifting gears a little bit.
Earlier this afternoon news broke from
the New York Times reportingthat the high level ranking
Department of Justiceofficial Rod Rosenstein
had a wire when he went into meet with President Trump.
This is inside Washington.
He's denying that that happened.
What do you make of all of this?
- Well you know it's interesting.
Initially the reports, theway the media was explaining
was that had a wire.
Now the New York Times is actually saying
that there was discussion that
he was going to put a wire on.
He never actually put a wire on.
And so that never happened.
But the fact that theDeputy Attorney General
would be thinking about having a wire
inside with Donald Trump isquite shocking to say the least.
Having said that,
we're now getting reportsfrom different sources
that he was just,
He, Rosenstein, was just being sarcastic.
That he wasn't really serious about it.
New York Times sticking by the reporting
of course Rod Rosenstein issaying I deny all of this
because it's an anonymous source.
So it's interesting.
But once again it's interestingbecause Donald Trump
once again the hunch about him being right
about Deep State,
about people after him.
You know he always feelsmarooned on an island
and once again he has decidedto say here look at it again.
You know Rod Rosenstein has done it
and it just seems toplay into the narrative
that Donald Trump has had all along.
- Last question,
going into the weekend we have
Vice President Pence speaking
a number of other conservatives.
How does this news change the narrative
at Values Voters?
Do they take this anduse this as a platform.
What are we gonna look at?
What are the speeches gonna sound like
coming out of Values Voters?
- That's a great question.
I think they will use it quite a bit.
I think speeches are now being changed
The Vice President speaks11:30 in the morning
Eastern time on Saturday.
I can guarantee you they'rechanging that speech
to include this justsay see the Deep State
is alive and well and it plays perfect
to their narrative
and actually probablyhelps the Republicans
with a rally cry beforethe November elections.
You can be sure DonaldTrump's gonna say something.
I'd say he'd change his speech
but he don't write speeches.
He just talks.
And he talks quite a bit.
- Chief Political Analyst David Brody
thanks for joining us. As always.
- Yeah, you bet.
- [John] Why moderateDemocrats are hoping to win big
in November's mid term elections.
- I really wanted to help women.
And I knew going back to school
would be the best way
to just see and achieve those goals.
Regent University justoffered me the opportunity
to be able to go school online
to get a degree in a seculardiscipline of psychology
with a Christian basis
and be able to take care of my daughter.
- The midterm election is 46 days away
but as of today the first votes have
officially been cast.
Early in person voting began today
in a number of states including Minnesota,
South Dakota, and Vermont.
Overall 35 states and DC offer some sort
of in person early voting.
The first mid term electionof the Trump presidency
takes place November sixth.
- Well as we head intothe midterm elections,
the future of the Democraticparty is up in the air.
Progressives wanna move theparty farther to the left
while the moderates say not so fast.
Jenna Browder has the story.
- [Crowd] Trump, traitor, treason.
- [Jenna] Treason
- The penalty that weare all paying right now
for the President's treasonis we are losing our allies.
- [Jenna] Impeachment.
- We believe that PresidentTrump has violated
the Constitution and we've introduced
five articles of impeachment.
- [Jenna] And getting rid of ICE,
the US Immigration andCustoms Enforcement.
- You think you shouldget rid of the agency?
- I believe that it hasbecome a deportation force.
- All ideas pushed by left leaning members
of the Democratic party.
But are they too extreme.
More moderate Democrats say yes
and want to reign them in.
- Impeaching thePresident is not a message
that will resonate beyondthe base of the party.
We need to have a message that resonates
beyond the base to the middle,
to Independents and otherswho will make the difference
in this election cycle.
- [Jenna] And recentpolling seems to back up
According to Hill.TV andHarris X American Barometer
64% of Democrat voterssay they would not vote
for a socialist candidate.
Moderate Democrat Matt Bennett agrees.
He and his team at Third Wayjust hosted Opportunity 2020.
Bringing together middleof the road Democrats
to voice their concerns.
They disagree with Senator Bernie Sanders
view on the economy.
- Guaranteeing a federal jobto everyone in the work force
is not a good idea.
That might have been a good idea in 1932
when we had 28% unemployment
in the height of The Great Depression.
But it's not a particularly good idea now
when we have 3.8% unemployment.
- [Jenna] And when itcomes to abolishing ICE
- Reuniting families wethink should be the focus
for the Democratic attackon the Trump administration
- [Jenna] The one thingnearly all Democrats agree on
is their dislike of President Trump.
- Without a doubt there has never been
a unifier like Trump.
- [Jenna] Bennett's messageheading into November
is to win and wait.
- We can have these debates
about exactly which directionthe party ought to move
after November when we startto come 'round the bend
towards 2020 and we choose a nominee.
And ultimately we're gonnahave a leader for our party,
that nominee, who'sgonna make those choices.
But for now, our message is
focus on winning.
And set aside the thingsare tremendously divisive.
- That's important becausepolls show GOP voters
agree on one thing.
Their support for President Trump.
And if that translates intoa big Republican turnout
this fall, it could spell fortrouble for the Democrats.
In Washington, Jenna Browder, CBN News.
- As President Trump pushes for more money
to protect the border.
We'll take at look at how agents
are using high tech tools tofight illegal immigration.
- President Trump is speaking out about
a Congressional spending budget
passed by the Senate this week.
His issue with the plan,
he says it lacks funding fora border wall with Mexico.
The President tweeted,
I wanna know where is the money for
border security and thewall in this ridiculous
spending bill and where will it come from
after the midterms?
The President is directingthe blame at the Democrats
but the bill has support,bipartisan support.
Senate Republicans saythey'd rather address
border security afterthe mid term elections.
- Well the safety of patrol agents
is a constant problem of thoseserving along the border.
To combat rising assaults,
the US Border Patrol islooking at technology
for ways to make a difference.
- CBN National NewsSecurity Correspondent,
Erik Rosales reports from Texas.
- We're just about aquarter of a mile away
from the US Mexico borderin the state of Texas.
In the US Border Patrol'sRio Grande Valley sector.
A sector that's equippedwith a complex network
of both cameras and sensors
not only in the ground but also on towers
and in the back of trucks.
Take for instance this mechanism,
which is a remote videosurveillance system.
- These towers provideincredible situational awareness
for the agents.
They actually scan theyhave a really good view shed
so the scan a large area to give agents
awareness of what's going on in that area.
If there's any illegal activity,
any suspicious vehicles thatthey may encounter in the area.
- [Erik] Years ago anagent would sit below
these moveable towers tocontrol the day and night
vision cameras high above.
Today, just a few agentscommand an entire fleet
of cameras from a remotelocation miles away.
- The operator of thecamera will let 'em know
hey this subject might be armed.
You know the subjectsare carrying narcotics.
So you enter those situationsa little more cautiously.
- [Erik] You just never know
what you're gonna come up against.
- Agents never know who they'reencountering in the brush.
It might be the mostunsuspecting individual.
And you go back to the station.
You roll their fingerprintsand the record return
might come back as murderer.
- The Rio Grande city station
is the busiest stationin the nation right now.
It's known for narcotics seizures.
A lot of drugs flow through this area.
- [Erik] Though the US Mexico border
stretches almost 2,000 miles
less than 20% of it even has a fence.
President Trump wants to build 800 miles
of new fencing along the southwest border.
But even he admits that won't help
in some remote areas wheretechnology is a better fit.
For example the US Border Patrol
uses these Aerostats.
Small blimp like deviceswith day and night vision
cameras to cut the illegal drug flow.
Tech isn't always better, however,
case in point underground sensors
trying to check out each triggered sensor
over bad roads can take hours.
By the time border patrol arrives,
the illegal immigrant is often long gone.
- [Agent] You guys can seeit's not the easiest terrain
to walk through.
Especially if you are walkingthrough here at night.
- [Erik] That's why agents also use
good old fashioned horsepower to keep watch.
testing is currently underway
on a fleet of personal drones
giving agents an eye in the sky
where they are currently blind.
It's happening over an 80 mile stretch
of cactus, mesquite, and brush
in the west Arizona desertwhere there's no fence at all.
A drone closes the gap by confirming
whether a sensor was hitby a person or an animal.
It also indicates howmany illegal immigrants
are in a group and whether they're armed.
- And I do a boat infil on the bath.
We're gonna come over here around
scoot around this area get into the
right near the marina
and we're gonna infilright near this gate.
- [Erik] Digital technologyin the form of an app
also helps the departmentshrink the playing field.
- It allows our agents to both receive
and give real time information.
That can be video, thatcan be still pictures.
That can be instant messaging and chat.
- [Erik] Every phone carriesan electronic signature
identifying each agentwith a color or icon.
Top brass say borderpatrol has made strides
but more can be done.
- I can tell you that yes we have
throughout the southwestborder detained people
that are of national interest.
And of course we run'em through the gamut.
What we need to do and keep doing
is really pushing our borders outward
from a technology base as far identifying
people way before they getto our immediate borders.
- With Mexico just on the other side
of the Rio Grande River here,
agents say technology is important.
But they also say nothingbeats boots on the ground
to protect our borders and keep us safe.
Reporting along the US Mexico border,
Erik Rosales, CBN News.
- Thanks Erik.
- The congressional Republicans also split
about the best way to protect the border.
Some saying thattechnology like Erik showed
in that piece is the best way to do it.
And others say the goodold fashioned border wall
that the President is pulling for.
So it'll be interestingto see what happens
after the midterms.
- The debate continues.
Well that's gonna do itfor today's Faith Nation.
- We'll see you next time.
- [Woman] We've always been taught