- No more delays in theKavanaugh confirmation.
Welcome to Faith Nation.I'm Jenna Browder.
- And I'm John Jessup.
Senate majority leaderMitch McConnell declared
the Senate will decide whether to confirm
Supreme Court nomineeBrett Kavanaugh this week,
making that statement earliertoday on the Senate floor.
- Amber Strong reports onwhy some Republicans say
Democrats are using stall tactics
to prevent the vote from happening.
- One thing for sure,
the Senate will vote on Judge Kavanaugh
here on this floor this week.
- But in the backgroundof this historic vote,
FBI investigators are looking into
those sexual assault allegations
against Supreme Courtnominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh is accused of assaulting
Dr. Christine Ford in high school
and Deborah Ramirez in college
while under the influence of alcohol.
Something he denies.
And new developments,
a former Yale classmate stating Kavanaugh
was quote a heavy drinker.
That classmate hassince spoken to the FBI.
- The portrayal of himselfas practically a choir boy
is very much contradicted by his roommate
for example in college
as well as people whoknew him in high school.
- [Amber] Kavanaugh'sdefenders say the focus
isn't whether Kavanaugh consumed alcohol
`and the entire process issimply partisan politics at play.
- If you think this is aabout a search for the truth,
you need to put down the bomb.
This is about winning.
- [Amber] With one Democraticstall tactic after another
- If you stop and listen
you can practically hear the Democrats
trying to move the goal post
on Judge Kavanaugh's nomination.
- Who caused this delay?
I'd ask leader McConnell.
Not the Democrats we don'thave the ability to do it.
It was three members on his side
who sincerely were seeking better truth.
- Now those three Republicans,
Jeff Flake, Lisa Murkowski,and Susan Collins
are still considered swing votes.
And two red state Democrats
Joe Manchin and HeidiHeitkamp are yet to be decided
although Democrats areexpected to tow party lines.
Should that happen the GOP can only afford
to lose one vote.
That establishes a tie andputs things in the hands
of the tie-breaker VicePresident Mike Pence.
Amber Strong, CBN News, in Washington.
- All right thank you Amber.
Well Abigail Robertson ison Capitol Hill with more.
Abigail I know today you got the chance
to talk to the majority leader.
what did he have to say about all of this?
- Yes well I just asked leader McConnell
guilty or innocent, whatis Judge Kavanaugh's
nomination process mean forfuture judicial nominees.
And here's how he responded.
- This is obviously quitea contentious nomination.
What is doubly exasperating about this
is this is clearly an effort
to destroy the reputation of a good man.
I assume y'all have noticed
he's in effect decided not to go
lecture at Harvard in the fall
after student demonstrationsapparently on campus.
This has been the most outrageous
as earlier colleagues put it
search and destroymission to just literally
take out a man's reputation.
To ruin his family situation,
threats, the wholeeffort is just despicable
by any objective standard.
- McConnell basicallypoints out that no matter
what happens with Kavanaughin the Supreme Court,
Judge Kavanaugh's life as he knows it
is forever changed andmarked by this process.
- Abigail, Amber was reporting all eyes
are really on three big swing voters
in the Republican party.
We have Flake, Murkowski, and Collins.
Any update on which way theymay be leaning right now?
- Well Senator Jeff Flake saidhe will not make a decision
until after the FBIreleases their findings.
And I expect Collins andMurkowski will do the same.
And also to that point,
that Leader McConnell justsaid it about an hour ago
that when the FBIinvestigation does come out
only Senators will beallowed to review it.
- And final question youmentioned yesterday here
on Faith Nation that some people are now
calling for an investigation into
Dr. Christine Ford's leakedletter to Diane Feinstein.
What's the very latest on that part?
- Yes well the latest isthat while more Republican
Senators like Bill Cassidysay they want to get
to the bottom of how Dr.Ford's letter was leaked,
they doubt it will everactually be investigated.
But Cassidy believes this wasall part of the Democrat's
plan to destroy JudgeKavanaugh's nomination.
And take a look at whathe told me yesterday.
- Democrats, or the SenateDemocrats I should say
were very clear about their strategy.
They were going tosmear, attempt to delay,
do whatever they could.
And then after doing whatever they could
hopefully Democrats willtake back the Senate
and they would block afuture Trump appointee.
They were very open about this.
So we're seeing it play out.
Now when folks, whendocuments are released.
When Dr. Ford says Idon't want this to go out
and it's leaked.
When other things happen which clearly
are not part of the procedure,
is that an honest mistake or was it
part of a smear and delay campaign.
I think the Americanpeople would be interested
in knowing that.
- And Jenna I'm surethere will be many updates
between now and when theFBI releases the results
of their investigation Friday.
So we'll keep you posted from the hill.
- All right AbigailRobertson from the hill,
thank you very much.
- [Abigail] Thank you.
- Well according to USA todaymore than 50 million articles
have been written about Trump's second
Supreme Court nominee
and the overwhelmingmajority of that coverage
on Kavanaugh has been negative.
One study by the Media Research Center
shows during the firstweek after the allegations
the broadcast networksspent nearly six hours
covering the allegations
and only 8% of their coveragecentered on his denial.
And joining us now is RichNoyes Research Director
for the Media Research Council.
Rich a lot of people havecriticized the treatment
in the media that Kavanaughhas been receiving.
What are your thoughts there?
- Well I think he'sgot a right to be upset
at the way he's beenportrayed in the media.
Most of the coverage we've seen
over the last two and a half weeks
has portrayed him assome kind of a bad guy,
a fully maybe even an attempted rapist.
And if you look at the factual evidence
that sort of adorns this case,
you had a great example of it yesterday
the prosecutor hired by Senate Republicans
who's an experienced sex crimes prosecutor
went through the evidence and she said
this was weaker than thetypical he said, she said case.
ABC, CBS, NBC yesterdaymorning and evening
gave 65 minutes of coverage to this case,
but only two minutes to that statement.
NBC didn't mention it at all.
When you have the game rigged that way,
it's designed to get theoutcome the Democrats want
which is Kavanaugh's nameand reputation sullied.
Not about finding the truth
no matter which side it's on.
- Well Rich do you think Kavanaugh himself
helped or hurt himself with his demeanor.
Because a lot of people aretalking about his demeanor
during his testimony?
That he was angry and that he was mad.
But supporters say it was because
he was defending his reputation.
- Right I think if he had come out
with a Michael Dukakisvery passive approach
to these very incendiary allegations,
he would have been criticized for that.
I don't know how you can'tbe indignant and upset
when you're described as having done some
of these awful acts thathe's been described of doing.
That said, I think heneeds to point people
towards his actual judicial record.
The complaint among Democratsin some of the media
is that he doesn't havejudicial temperament.
Well he's been a judgenow for I think 12 years.
Look if there's examples of him not having
proper judicial temperament on the bench
because that's where it matters.
- Do you think his caseor the media coverage
of his accusations,
how does that erode the public confidence
with media overall?
- Well I think we have to wait and see
how this case ends.
I mean if the FBIinvestigation or new reporting
makes it clear that theaccusations are wrong.
He'll be somebody who's gonna demand
to get his reputation back.
If there's new evidence thatsomehow is against him on this,
and that becomes theconsensus on both sides,
I think it will be avery different outcome.
But I think right now we're sort of stuck
in this limbo where
I think there was aYouGov poll the other day
that showed the overwhelmingnumber of Democrats
believed Christine Blasey Ford.
The overwhelming number of Republicans
believed Brett Kavanaugh
and Independents were evenly split.
That's the kind of 50, 50 result on this
that is not very satisfying
for people who want a real consensus
at the end of a prolongedinvestigation like this.
- Well moving past the 50, 50 divide
and going to 100%,
I just can't see very many people
after what Kavanaugh went through
wanting to assume a role in public office
if they have to go through something
like what he potentially,
potentially like what he went through.
- Yeah, he will at least have
Clarence Thomas as a precedent.
Clarence Thomas was facedwith similar accusations
in 1991 when he was up forSupreme Court confirmation.
At the end of that process,
about two-thirds of thepublic believed him.
One-third believed hisaccuser, Anita hill.
He's been able to forge a strong stance
on the Supreme Court.
There's a role model there
for someone who can get past something
as divisive and awful as this.
We'll see if he can do it.
We'll see how this all ends.
But at least we've been here before
and you can still functionas a capable Justice
after something like this.
- Rich, I've only gotabout 30 seconds left.
If the FBI investigationdoesn't find anything,
do you think JudgeKavanaugh can be confirmed
by the full Senate given howeverything has played out
and how the media hascovered his allegations?
- Well depending on what they find,
I think he can be confirmed.
But the questions is willDemocrats let it rest.
I suspect they're gonna want to keep voter
worked up about this atleast through November sixth.
- Rich Noyse of the Media Research Center,
thanks for joining us.
- [Rich] Thanks a lot.
- President Trump says hewant the FBI investigation
into Kavanaugh to be comprehensive.
And the White House it's notputting limits on the Bureau.
For more now on the investigation,
we are joined by Frank Gaffney
founder and president for theCenter For Security Policy.
Frank thanks for joining us.
- Happy to do it. Thank you.
- Frank we know that the FBI
does not have the power to subpoena.
So is this kind of investigation
typical of the kind of work it does?
- To the extent that this isa background investigation
and that means essentiallytalking to witnesses,
listening from them first hand accounts
of individuals thatthey are trying to asses
whether it's for security clearances
or for particular sensitivepositions or for other reasons,
I think it's not uncommon.
Obviously the circumstances ofthis particular investigation
are unusual to say the least.
- This is the seventh investigation
that the FBI has done on Kavanaugh.
What's your take on that?
- I think he's beenpretty rigorously vetted.
There are some who saywell they weren't looking
for sordid behavior on hispart when he was in high school
I think if there weresordid behavior to be found,
the FBI would have uncovered it
in one or the other of thoseinvestigations over the year.
Simply because they aretalking among others to
family members, friends,neighbors, classmates.
This would have outed I think before now.
So I'm hopeful that therewill be nothing surprising
or untoward found at this point.
- Yeah, Frank I know on Twitter
you put out a tweet.
And it talks about what kind of FBI
is Kavanaugh in thisinvestigation getting.
Is it the Strzok, the Comey FBI?
Or is the one that's more widely regarded
by the American people?
What's your take on that?
- Well the one we need for sure
is the traditional, highly professional,
conscientious, patriotic,and law not only enforcing
but law abiding FBI.
That's what I'm hoping ison the job at the moment.
The trouble is that Ifear there are probably
still in leadership positions in the FBI,
people who are closer tothe old Comey, McCabe,
Strzok, Page, Baker team.
And that would be very problematic
if those people had their fingers anywhere
near this particular pie.
Because chances are theywill try to muck things up.
- Now just real quickly,only a few seconds.
Do you think he can geta fair investigation
in this political climate, Frank?
- If the FBI is doing this by the book,
I think they will givehim a fair and accurate
more to the point, accurate accounting.
And that's what the Senate needs.
- All right, Frank Gaffney.
Thank you so much for joining us.
- Thank you.
- Thanks Jenna.
Brett Kavanaugh's wifeAshley is asking for prayer.
And according to Dr. James Dobson
founder of Family Talkand Focus On The Family,
she's requesting that people pray Psalm 40
over her family and the country.
Praying for the Kavanaughsis something Dr. Dobson
and his wife Shirley havebeen doing for weeks.
CBNs David Brody recentlysat down with Dr. Dobson
to discuss the currentpolitical climate in America.
- Without getting political,
you can speak to the resultsof what you've seen so far
and with President Trump,
I'm wondering what you have seen so far.
I know you get to Washington at times
to be part of some of that advice
or least keep piece of advice for him.
What have you seen so far?
What encourages you andwhat would you like to see
- I wish that the whole country knew
that the President mademany very specific promises
especially to evangelicals,
but to people of faith everywhere.
And he has kept every singleone of those promises.
He has delivered on what he said.
And it would not have surprised me
to see what has happenedin other presidencies
where once the person gets in the power,
they forget all of those promises
and things they did.
Donald Trump has not.
And especially on the critical issues of
the sanctity of human life and the family
and many of the points of righteousness
that we all care about.
Now you've led me into sayingmore than I wanted to say.
But I tell you, I do havesome deep appreciation there.
- I wanna ask you one last question.
Something you mentionedin your newsletter,
there was a quote aboutmalice towards none.
And maybe you can givethe context of that.
But the malice towards none quote
struck me because of thepolitical environment
that we're in.
And everybody gets abit hot headed at times
on both the left and the right,
conservatives and liberals.
- [Dobson] I know there's no perfection.
- Right, so what do youwant to say to folks
that especially in the evangelical base
who wanna fight strongly forJudaeo Christian principles
but also can lose sightof maybe the greater good,
the greater goal?
- It's got to be done in the context
of the Christian faith.
We can't abandon what we believe
and what Jesus had to sayabout loving your enemies
and those that are opposed to what you are
and what you stand for.
I'm paraphrasing but Jesus
was pretty clear about all of that.
And it goes back as yousaid to the Civil War again
where at the end of the Civil War,
there was such anger.
You can imagine 600,000men died in that Civil War.
And there were those in the north
on the victory side that really wanted
to hang 'em all.
They really were so angrythey wanted to come in
and destroy the south.
And Abraham Lincolnknew that was not right.
And I ended my letter,
I've got in front of me if you don't mind.
If you go to the monument,the Lincoln Memorial Monument,
you find these words fromthe Second Inaugural Address.
Listen to this after allthat hate and killing
He said, with malice toward none,
with charity for all,
with firmness in the right
as God sees us to see the right,
let us strive to finishthe work that we're in
to bind up the nation'sruins north and south.
And to care for him whoshall have borne the battle
and for his widow and his orphan
to do all which may achieve and cherish
a just and lasting peace
among ourselves and with all nations.
That's inspired. That comesright out of scripture really.
With malice toward none,
with charity to all.
And what the other side wanted to do
after Lincoln was assassinated
then others took over,
they really wanted to boy punishthe south for what it did.
Instead they bound up the nation's ruins.
May be careful with the wayspeak, and think, and talk
against those who are opposedto everything we believe.
You have to maintain aspirit of charity and love
and God will bless us if we do.
- The witness of Christ through it all.
- That's all there is.
- [John] Coming up whythe warming relationship
between the United States and North Korea
may be in danger of cooling.
- Well mail sent to the Pentagon
has tested positive for Ricin.
The mail was deemed as suspicious Monday
when it arrived to the Pentagon's
remote screening facility.
It was taken to the FBI today for testing
where it came back positive for Ricin.
For now all mail that arrived
at the Pentagon's screening facility
is under quarantine.
Meanwhile today a hazmat team was sent
to the Houston campaignoffice of Senator Ted Cruz.
That after a white powderysubstance was found.
- Well the on again,off again relationship
between the United States and North Korea
could be off again.
Kim Jong Un is accusingthe Trump administration
of demanding too muchwhile offering too few
concessions in negotiations to eliminate
nuclear weapons from the Korean Peninsula.
CBN News National Security Correspondent,
Erik Rosales reports.
- North Korea continues todemand that the United States
work with North andSouth Korea to put an end
to the Korean war.
But the US insists beforeany concessions are made,
the North must do more to keep its deal
and work towards complete denuclearization
of the Korean Peninsula.
On Tuesday North Koreacalled such demands rubbish.
Its state run news agency reported the
end of war declaration can quote
never be a bargaining chip
for getting the DPRK denuclearized.
And speaking at the United Nations
General Assembly last week,
Kim's Foreign Minister said
he's not seen any cooperation from the US.
- The US insists on thedenuclearization first
and increases the level of pressure
by sanctions to achieve their purpose
in a coercive manner.
And even objecting thedeclaration of the end of war.
- The things that we would hope to see
and that we've been very clear about
are a complete declarationof their program.
What their capabilities are,
locations of facilities.
- [Erik] Researcher Matthew Ha
with the Foundation ForDefense Of Democracies
says despite claims from Kim Jong Un
that he's demolishedhis country's only known
nuclear test site, he can't be trusted.
South Korea's ownintelligence shows North Korea
has up to 60 nuclear bombs.
Ha says the US should also keep an eye on
South Korea's President Moon,
a progressive who wantsinter-Korean reconciliation.
- We just need to controlthe pacing of that
to make sure that the US and South Korea
are in lock step.
Because the alliance betweenSeoul and Washington,
the 60 plus year alliancehas been the linchpin
to the security of the Korean Peninsula.
- Now Ha calls this a survival game.
He says that the US hasto continue to put this
economic pressure, thesanctions, on North Korea.
Keep them, that's the only way
that we're gonna continueto bring them to the table.
- Now Erik, I understand you just received
some breaking news fromthe State Department?
- Yes, the State Department did announce
that Secretary Pompeo doesplan to head to North Korea.
He's gonna be actually goto the whole Asian continent
from October sixth through the eighth.
October seventh, he's gonna be meeting
with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Then on the eighth he's actuallyheaded to Beijing, China.
- Erik, you said in yourreport that South Korea
intel shows Korea hasup to 60 nuclear bombs.
So this country it's stillactive in producing them?
- Oh very, very active in producing them.
Satellite imagery showsthat they are still
producing these bombs.
So this is just another gameby Kim Jong Un right now
and we have to be very, very careful
on what exactly we'regoing to be doing here
because he's still a threatto the United States.
- Erik I understand thatNorth Korea and South Korea
are removing mines around the DMZ,
this of course if that'shappening is a positive step.
- It is a positive step.
But then again, you're alsodealing with Kim Jong Un.
This is more of just tryingto sway public opinion there.
We still have to alsothink about the artillery
that's around in the area.
We have some 14,000 artillery items
that are still there as well.
so this is just more ofa game for Kim Jong Un.
And we really have to be careful about
not being swayed by thispublic opinion type of thing.
- All right, Erik Rosales,thank you for your expertise.
- Thank you .
- Thanks Erik.
A look at the First Lady'sfirst solo trip overseas.
Well Welcome back.
First Lady Melania Trump ismaking her first international
trip without the President.
- The First Lady isvisiting African countries
including Ghana, Malawi, Kenya, and Egypt.
Today Mrs. Trump landed in Ghana,
the first stop of her week long visit.
Part of the goal of her trip is to promote
her Be Best initiative around the world.
According to her communications director,
the First Lady chose tomake Africa her first
solo destination because quote
she has never been before
and knows that eachcountry will have it's own
unique history and culture.
- Well Jenna I got to some ofthe photos of the reception.
People were warmly greeting her.
It looked like she hada great time as well
visiting Africa, so worked for the best.
- It's a big day when the First Lady
of the United States visit.
- That's a big guest.- Yeah.
- Well that's gonna do itfor today's Faith Nation.
- We'll see you rightback here again tomorrow.