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chris cuomo is off tonight. welcome to a special hour of "360." tonight the ceremonial swearing-in. here is justice kavanaugh. >> the confirmation process was contentious and emotional. that process is over. my focus now is to be the best justice i can be. i take this office with gratitude and no bitterness. >> justice kavanaugh striking a far different tone than before the judiciary committee. here is the president revisiting the battle. >> i want to apologize to brett
and the entire family for the terrible pain and suffering you have been forced to endure. those who step forward to serve our country deserve a fair and dignified evaluation, not a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception. what happened to the kavanaugh family violates every notion of fairness, decency and due process. our country, a man or a woman, must always be presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. and with that, i must state that you, sir, under historic scrutiny, were proven innocent. now, whatever you think of
the merits of this, whatever you think of the president's pick, it was quite a night at the white house. our jim acosta joins us with more. the president certainly taking a victory lap tonight for getting his nomination through. >> he was taking a victory lap. from a conservative standpoint, you would have to stay it was well earned. i mean, the senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell received two standing ovations, set the table for this president to tilt the balance of the supreme court to the right. that is what happened with putting brett kavanaugh on the supreme court. i will say, anderson, it was interesting what the president said to brett kavanaugh, that he was proven innocent. we just have to fact check that. there was no rending from a court of any kind that set bred kavanaugh yachts proven innocent of any of the allegations. there was an fbi expanded background check that according to some senators, found no
corroborating evidence. he wall street also playing fast and usual are the facts, as usual. >> urn in the east room. what was it like with the eight other jurisdictions there? >> i never thought i would hear donald trump introduce ruth bader ginsburg to an audience in my life. that happened tonight. you don't often see all justices gathered in one room, but you saw history being made. it was president in just the first two years being in office barack obama got two justices in eight years, he was blocked by mitch mcas far as getting merrick garland on the supreme court. that's breaking a lot of land speed reports, the likes of which we haven't seen in a very long time. and what it achieved is what a -- i saw a lot of christian conservatives, a lot of people from conservative activist groups who have been wanting and waiting for this day. these folks have said for years
now that they were willing to accept a lot of president trump's very big flaws in order to achieve this objective. that's moving the supreme court in a conservative direction. that's exactly what happened tonight. >> the president has a lot of campaign rallies between now and the midterm elections. do you expect he will continue to mention the confirmation battle? i can't imagine him not. >> exactly. anderson, i've talked to a number of republican sources who believe that this is perhaps the most motivating factor for conservatives to get on the in the midterm elections. this has gotten the conservative base that put president trump into office pretty excited. i think that what you saw president trump doing today, talking about how brett kavanaugh had gone up against the forces of what he called evil and the democrats had perpetuated this hoax, according to the president, getting the justice on the supreme court, trying to keep this battle
going. my sense of it, anderson, you will see more rallies this week, one in pennsylvania, one in ohio, with unin kentucky. i would be very surprised if he doesn't mention this fight from here on forward. reaction on what the president said and what the house might do next year. i spoke with california congr s congressman ted liue tonight. i would like your comments. i think the comments are certainty not true. in fact the fbi did an investigation that was incomplete. i've never seen a background or law enforcement investigation that did not but view the accusers, and if the democrats flip the house, the judiciary committee will interview the witnesses that the fbi was not
allowed to do. >> are you calling for impeachment proceedings? >> no, i'm calling for an investigation that is complete, meaning we need to interview the accusers and the accused and need to do an investigation that the fbi was not allowed to do. that's something the how judiciary committee can do. we have oversight over misconduct allegations. >> what would the goal of that be? a lot of people would say the process is over, he's on the supreme court. why go back and revisit if in fact the democrats take the house? >> because anytime you have credible allegations of sexual assault that are not properly investigated, the how judiciary committee should investigate the claims. and the fbi did not interview these accusers. someone needs to do that. i respect the senators, but senators are not trained to do these interviews the way that house judiciary staff would or
other law enforcement could. >> back on september 26th, you tweeted -- based on the numerous laelgz again judge kavanaugh, includes the new allegations, the house committee must immediately start an investigation to see if he should be impeached. do you still believe the possibility of impeachment should be there? >> it would depend on what the evidence shows. we should look at this investigation and abide by the central principle of any investigation, which is we should take the evidence where it leads us. in the case of the fbi, they were not allowed to do that. the white house put restrictions on who they could interview, what documents they could see, and again, if we have the opportunity to do so, we should subpoena the relevant documents and interview the relevance witnesses the fbi was not allowed to do. >> for all the talk about the damage that this process did, what do you and other democrats calling for further
investigations and throwing impeachment into the conversation do? how does that help unite the country? >> this is not impeachment. this is calling for an adequate investigation, something that most people would agree the fbi was not allowed to do. so at a minimum, we need a complete investigation, and then see where the evidence takes us. also, there have been numerous complains filed to the d.c. circuit court of appeals. they have referred those to the supreme court. those allegations separate from sexual assault dealing with perjury by brett kavanaugh. >> but in the tweet you raise the idea of impeachment. obviously that would be the end result of whatever further investigation found. does that set -- i mean, do you risk setting the country back? there are plenty of people i'm sure who think, you know what? this is done, it's time to move
on they need a complete investigation. we cannot move on until an adequate investigation was completed. this was a whitewash by the white house and the fbi and they need us to flip the house so we can do that. >> i appreciate your time, congressman lieu. >> thank you, anderson. joan joneses along with jeffrey toobin. i'm wondering, did anything you hear from the white house ceremony tonight surprise you? >> no the really. i thought it was good to see justice kavanaugh pretty much take the high road. he praised a lot of republicans along the way, but he did say the confirmation hearing is over and he doesn't have any bitterness. he sure seemed bitter during the confirmation hearing, during his testimony, but there is at least
a statement now on the record that he's ready to move on in an even-handed way. joan, to jeff's point, it doesn't stand in contrast that he was vetted and picked by staunch staunchly conservative groups. >> the contrast of what he was trying to say and how many ways president trump undercut that. his speech was so partisan, and he named the people were such supporters of now justice kavanaugh, and sort of scorned those who opposed him. so that wasn't when the president was first campaigning and he put out a list. brett kavanaugh didn't end up on that list until november of 2017, but it was precisely
because people from the federalist society and other conservative advocates felt he would be a good appointee from their point of view, and he wasn't -- he was standing there in the east room only because president trump trusts him to be loyal to him. now, you know, that's from president trump's point of view. we'll have to see how brett kavanaugh handles that, but he did try to say he would be a justice for everyone. finally to your point about the vetting and perhaps someone who would definitely reverse roe v wade, senator blumenthal said were you chosen specifically because a month before you ended up on the list, you had written an opinion that was quite antagonistic to abortion rights? bred kavanaugh responded that he essential got on the list because he knew knew people in the white house. he was an insider, and he proved
he would be the kind of candidate that president trump would want. >> the other justices are all this. you wrote extensively about the inner workings of the court. the judge stressed he's one of a team of nine, he's a team player. is that how it is? >> you know, they are exquisitely polite to each other. they do not -- there's not a lot of back biting. there's not, you know, a lot of hostility. they are hostile in print. they write scathing dissents to each other, but starting with chief rehnquist, he really believed that good fences made good neighbors. he did not encourage a lot of interaction among the justices. they're sometimes described as nine different law firms, which i think is an accurate firm. they're very correct and very polite with each other. there's not a lot of close friendships on the court, even though i think some of the
justices may have been appalled by the hearings, he will be welcomed as an equal. >> but ruth bader ginsburg, didn't she have a relationship with justice scalia? >> to me in my pin, this was the most over-hyped relationship. you would think from the discussions therm like arms around the neck buddies. joan, am i wrong about that? >> actually, you're right,ever, they were very close, they did plenty of things together, but it has been hypeds to. brett kavanaugh will not be going to the opera with ruth bader ginsburg. i doubt that as well. you know. they are very aware of the political differences. you know, they know this will be a different court going forward.
justice kennedy was the center of this court in a way that no one? my lifetime has been. the power he exercised was so enormous on abortion, on affirmative action, campaign finance, marriage equality, all the gay right caseses were written by justice kennedy. he's gone, and he has been replaced by someone who was selected by the federalist society, because he disagreed with justice kennedy on all those issues. it's going to be a very different court. >> you will see that quickly? >> it depends. the moment the cases in the pipeline are not super earth-shaking but it never takes long for these cases to come up. the more conseven tiff states, they know who's on the court now. they're going to pass abortion laws that will force the justices to re-evil waaluate ro
versus wade. >> he said he believes in precedent not just as a tradition, but rooted in the constitution. jeff has raised, you know, some doubts about that as lots of people say that, and yet they overturn precedent all the time. >> that's exactly right, anderson. i remember when susan collins came on the from her very first meeting with justify kavanaugh, and he says it's settled precedent. you know, that is -- that doesn't get you very far. the supreme court is always overturning precedent. they say they adopt like to, but many times they say they will, and again we have a couple things going on here. we have a president who has avowed to appoint justices who will reverse roe v wade. he wants the matter sent back to the states. we know this has been a
decades-long -- where he -- they worked lard to put people on the bench that would reverse it. all it takes is five justices who wants to overturn roe. that's all it would take. you know, they would have to look at a very old precedent, and they would disrupt the country both legally and politically, frankly, but there's nothing that would stop a brett kavanaugh from voting against it once he's a justice, which he is now. >> but just this spring they overturned a labor law, a very controversial case, that's almost exactly as old assist roe v. wade. they completely overruled it. they could do it to roe v. wade when they get the right case. >> jeff toobin, joan biskupic,
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he also slammed his opponents, and also thanked a number of senator for their efforts, but he singled out susan collins from maine and now she's facing a backlash. senator heidi heitkamp is up for reelection this year. and joe martialing of west virginia, she did not vote yes. she voted now. more on that from cnn as dana bash. >> heidi heitkamp have been fund walking in a classic north dakota parade. >> hi there. >> reporter: her smile marvs her political reality. he is the most endangered senate democrat, and knows voting against brett kavanaugh probably didn't help. >> it's been a tough week for because, you know, the political rhetoric is you can't vote that way if you expect to come back.
i tell people, rthey raised me o vote the right way. >> reporter: reminders that president trump carried this state by 36 points. >> i don't know we're ever going to get over that. >> reporter: so you're obviously a north dakota voter, udisappointed with her vote against kavanaugh? >> yes. >> reporter: her republican challenger, kevin cramer well ahead in the polls was shocked. >> i fully expected her to vote yes. >> reporter: why? >> she had been building her entire brand as the bipartisan senator from a north dakota. >> reporter: she voted for neil gorsuch and planned to do the same for kavanaugh. i had the office preparing a statement saying i was going to vote him up until that hearing. >> reporter: that changed everything? >> she didn't believe him and worried about the temp rabl
especially after watching a second time with the sound off. >> we commune indication not only with words, but with body language. >> reporter: what did you see? >> i saw somebody very angry, very nervous, and i saw rage. >> reporter: cramer is appealing to voters who see all this as victimation run amok. >> as -- with this broad stroke being just accepted is offensive to a lot of the women in my family. >> you should be so grateful that your mom's never been victimized and your wife has never been victimized, but people in my life have, including my mother. to suggest she's not strong because she's a victim was like a trigger for me. >> reporter: heitkamp is trying to focus elsewhere. >> this is high tech, and it's also really expensive. hurting farmers.
the soybean tariffs, retaliation, already cost him $100,000. >> how is it going to work out? i haven't heard a plan yet. >> reporter: cramer says he opposed the strategy -- >> i think it's better if we go ahead behind him, unify and win a trade war fast rather than undermine the entire process. >> reporter: six years ago heitkamp won by a single point. this year, the shrinking middle need more gridlock. >> if someone like me can't get reelected, what does that speak to others who want to be moderate? i think that's a real concern. >> reporter: for now she's determined to be herself. when a band plays, she grabbing the mike ♪ you are my sunshine ♪ my only sunshine dana bash joins us now. the race does have larger
implications for power in the senate. >> reporter: in a big way. as we've been talking about throughout this whole kavanaugh process, the republican majority is razor-thin, just 51, which is putting some democrats in a position where they're saying, well, maybe you can be aggressive in the house, could be aggressive in the senate as well. the senate is a very different situation, because a lot of the tough races are on republican ground. this is one of them. this one in particular i anderson, democrats who are looking at the larger map say it will be very difficult to take the senate back for them if heidi heitkamp doesn't win reelection. she knows the calculus, but she's plugging along. she was behind the pools six years ago and she eked it out. >> one of the many races to watch. perspective from dun
journalist sally quinn is a "the washington post" contributor founding editor of the decision forum on faith. she was married to ben bradley for many years. what we did not know until realy she too is a survivor. she writes about her experience in "finding magic." she joins us now. thanks so much for being with us. i wonder what your response is to the president's comments, saying kavanaugh has been proven flnts, what happened was a campaign of political and personal destruction based on lies and deception. >> those were two words that stuck out to me, lies and deception u. because rhoers he doesn't know whether they were lies or deception. he's just made that up. the other thing that stuck out is when he said he's been proven innocent, which of course he has not been proven innocent. kavanaugh tonight was the choirboy and not the frat boy we had seen during the hearings, but i mean what the president
said basically implied that christine blasey ford was a liar and that she had made it up, and this was a hit job, and this is what kavanaugh also said, a hit job by the democrats, revenge for the clintons, and anger at trump being elected. it just had such a partisan overtone. when kavanaugh was trying to make nice tonight and trying to sort of rehabilitate himself, the president was just going full out against christine blasey ford and against any woman who might come forward. >> in your mehmet wormoir, you about an experience, where you were basically tried to attack you in the backs of a taxi. you didn't come forward when the
senator was nominated as senior of defense. can you explain -- >> john tower was conserve difficult, a friend of my farther and senator barry goldwater, whochs my father's closest friend. i was a theater major and a political science major at smith college. he was talking to me about being a political -- politics measure and wanted me to come up to the hill and have lunch. lunch suddenly became dinner, because he was caught up in important meetings. so i felt creepy about having dinner, but i didn't want to say no, because i didn't want to imply he had ulterior motives. we went to dinner. i realized what was going on, i tried to get out and get a cab. he dragged me over to a nightclub and ordered brandy, and wouldn't let go. i finally ran away, got out and cab, and he came out and jump in the cab and jumped on do that of me, and basically tried to
assault me. the poor driver was desperate and i was pounding, senator, stop. i was living in ft. mier, virginia where my father was stationed. he realized what was happening in the back of the q. and sort of screeched to a halt in front of our quarters, and i think then tower got scared, because he thought maybe the general would come out with a shotgun or mps, but i went in the house that night. i cried all night long. i was absolutely traumatized, i flivver told my parents or barry until much later, because i was so ashamed and so guilty, and i kept thinking, you know, this must be my fault, because why did i go to dinner with him? why did i go to the nightclub? why did i -- i must have done something to lead him on. i felt that it was my fault. i've told very few people, but
the word got out in a small group, and when tower, after he had retired from the senate was nominated by george h.w. bush to be secretary of defense, one day the two fbi agents showed up at my house. i was married to ben bradley then. they said -- we're vetting tower, we've heard your story about his sexual assault attempt, and we'd like to talk to you about it. i said, no way, and they said this is going to be totally confidenti confidential. i said, are you kidding in where do you think "the washington post" get their stories in from guys like you. so they left. the great heroine of this story was nancy kassebaum, the only republican who voted no, and he was defeated. so for that reason he was defeated because of this -- she
had heard my story and there were other stories, too. but when i think about it, i thought i'm so glad i didn't do it. i could have been anita hill, and her life has been completely ruined, destroyed. she's always going to be the person who was in that hearing having to talk about these disgusting things. >> so do you still feel that way? some might hear it and say it might wort it and if survivors don't come forward, perpetrators will never be held accountable. >> this is obviously most survivors of sexual assault don't end up in a senate hearing in front of the millions of people all over the globe having to go into gory details without some kind of a backup. she didn't get herself into this any more than anita hill did. anita hill was subpoenaed. christine blasey ford's name came out against her will.
she didn't want to be there. what i think is if i had been anita hill and i had known better, i wouldn't have done it. if i had been christine blasey ford, she didn't expect it to go public, but i would not have done it. even though it's civic duty. look at her. today i read a story she can't live in her own house. she has so many death tlets. she's scared for herself, her life, her children, her family. her entire life has been disrupted, and she's always going to be known as this woman who accused brett kavanaugh of sexual assault and couldn't prove it. and, of course, the fbi investigation was a complete sham, because they didn't even interview her or bret cafferty gnaw or 40 other people who came forward. and so the question is, was it worth it? he got confirmed, and she has to go back to her life that will
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york times" which reports that rick gates asked for roles back in 2016 from in company. mark misseti is one of the bylines. can you walk us there you the reporting of what gates was trying to do? >> this is the spring of 2016 right's donald trump was emerging, and the big concern at the time was the quepgs, this idea there could be a revolt at the question, where delegates didn't go for for trump, but ted cruz. at this time rick gates has a meeting in washington with a guy named george birnbaum, that presents the idea this israeli company can do all sorts of media manipulation. they can create fake identities, botts. avatars to influence the delegates, so they don't do this defection shun towards cruz. gates appears interested in the
proposal, and he haus birnbaum to draw up multiple proposals, not only on the convention strategy, but also to gather intelligence about hillary clinton and her closest aides, because they were already worried at that time about the general election. >> so the campaign never accepted the firm's proelds according to your reporting. is there anything illegal? >> there was a legal review done by the company. it's -- in this sort of gray area of what exactly in an election is legal and illegal, we don't know the results of the legal review. certainly we know that there is -- there are regulations about extensive foreign help to a campaign by foreign citizens. that would have been one of the things that covington would have looked at about the legality. certainly it seems in that area of question, which is, as we know, kind of at the heart of what robert mueller, the special
counsel, is looking at, which is what did the trump campaign know about what russia was doing in a very similar effort? stepping back a second, it's interesting to see what this israeli firm is proposing was similar to what the russians ended up doing for the campaign. >> but as far as we know there's no connection with this proposal to russia? >> not that we know of. >> obviously gates is cooperating with mueller, so robert mueller has all this information and more? >> we reported that mueller has the proposals that we wrote about in the story, and has not only we presume questioned gates about them, but also his investigators in the fbi have gone to israel and interviewed numerous employ weiss with a firm called cy-group. the firm no longer exists. >> another hint of where the
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limo crash that killed 20 people over the weekend. it could be one piece of the puzzle for investigators. athena jones has more. >> reporter: it was supposed to be a day of celebration. 17 passengers in the modified limousine gathered to celebrate a birthday. they were all killed, along with the driver and two people standing nearby. >> this was a tragic accident, the worst i have seen in my 44 years in law enforcement. >> reporter: the accident happened in upstate new york just before 2:00 p.m. saturday when the limousine came down state route 30 and blew past a stop sign, crossing the intersection and hitting a parked suv before ending up on its side. >> i heard a loud bang, then i heard screaming. i could walk up and see this large van, very unusual-looking vehicle for out here in schoharie in the bushes, really wrecked, hit a tree.
>> reporter: among those killed a newlywed couple. also part of the group, four sisters lost in an instant. they were on their way to a brewery to celebrate a 30th birthday. carina halse remembers her sister. >> she is was the most beautiful soul. i'm so grateful she was my sister out of everyone else. i will always have her in my heart. >> reporter: investigators from the ntsb and the state police are working to determine what caused the crash. >> we are here to investigate this particular crash, to understand the facts, circumstances and conditions surrounding this crash. however, we can't prevent this accident from happening. this one has already happened, so our larger goal is to see if in fact this is a more widespread issue. >> reporter: state police say they have obtained the air bag control module from the vehicle, which they hope contains clues.
governor cuomo said there were issues with the driver and with the vehicle. >> the driver of the vehicle, the quote/unquote limousine, did not have the appropriate driver's license to be operating that vehicle. second, that vehicle was inspected by the new york state department of transportation last month and failed inspection, and was not supposed to be on the road. >> reporter: another key question -- did the vehicle's design play a role? >> it was stretched, so we want to make sure that the vehicle when it was converted, that that was -- the conversion was conducted in in accordance with federal regulations. >> reporter: but for the mourning families, the answers won't change their new reality. among those left behind, three small children left parentless.
>> just awful. athena, what do we know about how fast the vehicle was going? >> reporter: anderson, there's a lot of talk about whether there were skidmarks, there were no apparent skidmarks, but the ntsb chairman made a good point. just like today whether the weather was moist and misty, and he said that could affect whether there were visible skidmarks, and also pointed out that modern-day brakes are supposed to prevent skidding. >> athena jones, i appreciate your reporting. coming you know, the latest on a saudi journalist missing and feared dead. touchdown. earn a free night when you stay just twice this fall. or, badda book. badda boom. book now at choicehotels.com
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dead after he entered the saudi consulate in istanbul. >> i am concerned about it. i don't like hearing about it. hopefully that will sort itself out. right now nobody knows anything about it, but there's some pretty bad stories going around. i do not like it. >> the president is talking about a man named jamal khashoggi, last seen entering the consulate but not seen actual actual actually leaving, a critic of the saudi regime. arwa damon joins us tonight. walk us through what we know so far. >> reporter: very little, actually, anderson, in terms of concrete evidence, which is why we're hearing president erdogan coming out and really putting the responsibility on the saudis to back their claim that they had absolutely nothing to do with his disappearance and that he did, in fact, leave the consulate on that day. but they're not providing any sort of cc tv evidence to prove what it is that they're saying.
the turks are trying to go through images that they have access to, but they really don't have, at least as far as we know, eyes inside the consulate itself which is leading to all sorts of speculations and theories as to what may have befallen jamal khashoggi. then there's this case of nationals according to a police report released to state-run news agency, that they arrived the same day that khashoggi went missing, were in the consulate around the same time and since then are believed to have departed the country. so there's a lot of questions being asked right now and according to turkey at the very least and so many others watching this, the saudis not really doing a lot to try to push speculation off them and on to anyone or anything else. >> and turkish sources, i mean, believe he may have been murdered inside the consulate. he had gone there for what reason, and was he concerned about it? do we know? >> reporter: well, he went in,
according to his fiancee and his friends that we have been talking to, because he was trying to get married and needed official documentation from the saudi consulate. his fiancee had said at one point he was a bit anxious about going in, bearing in mind of course he's not really a dissident, but he is a known critic. but he did have perhaps some doubts. but he'd already gone in the friday previous, come out without any drama, was given his follow-on appointment, and that's when he basically went missing, whether or not he was according to erdogan's adviser and others who are putting statements out there, murdered inside the consulate, whether he was somehow sedated and then moved elsewhere, we don't really know. there's no evidence to back that up. but at the same time as i was saying, and this is what's quite chilling about all of this, anderson, the saudis aren't providing any sort of cctv footage, evidence to show him departing on october 2nd, which is why there are so many questions, because one would expect that would be fairly easy for them to provide. >> right. i would imagine they have
cameras all over their embassy. i mean in terms of evidence, i understand there is footage of him leaving the consulate a week and a half ago but not leaving the consulate last night, right? >> reporter: exactly. so there's no footage of him leaving the consulate on october 2nd. his fiancee was waiting outside for hours and hours. no one has heard from him. some of his family members in saudi arabia have said that his disappearance is being politicized. they say they have full faith in the saudi authorities. but right now at this stage, there is no evidence first and foremost on what transpired inside, whether he was killed or he was somehow drugged and moved elsewhere. but there's also no evidence to prove that he did, in fact, leave. he has quite simply disappeared. >> wow. we'll keep following it. arwa damon, thanks very much. coming up, breaking news on hurricane michael as it takes aim at the united states.
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