Oct 3, 2018

The FBI's Kavanaugh report is coming

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Brace yourselves for a gusher of leaks: The FBI report on Brett Kavanaugh could reach Congress today or tomorrow, with a final vote on his nomination this weekend.

Why it matters: This report won't be made public, but expect Republicans to leak areas where the FBI didn't find evidence of an assault, and Democrats to leak areas where investigators found new dirt or desired more time.

"My hope is we'll see it [the FBI report] soon, perhaps as early as today."
— Majority Whip John Cornyn (R-Texas) to reporters Wednesday

What we're watching: How Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine), Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) emerge after their turns reading the forthcoming FBI summary.

What they're saying: All three blasted Trump for mocking Christine Blasey Ford:

  • Collins: “The president’s comments were just plain wrong."
  • Murkowski: "[W]holly inappropriate."
  • Flake: "I wish he hadn't of done it and I just say it's kind of appalling."

The other side... Lindsey Graham says Kavanaugh is the "defining issue" of 2018:

  • "Whether you’re a Trump Republican, a Bush Republican, a McCain Republican, a libertarian or a vegetarian — you’re pissed. I’ve never seen the Republican Party so unified as I do right now."

The bottom line: Not a single Republican has preemptively announced he or she will vote no.

Be smart: This has been incredibly ugly, and even if it ends soon, don't expect the divisions it has exposed and exacerbated to go away.

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DOJ watchdog finds flaws in FBI surveillance process beyond Page application

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The Justice Department inspector general found errors in 29 out of 29 randomized FBI applications for acquiring wiretap warrants through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, according to a report released Tuesday.

Why it matters: The broad DOJ audit of the FISA program stems from a damning investigation into the FBI's surveillance of former Trump campaign aide Carter Page, which uncovered "serious performance failures" by some FBI officials during the Russia probe. The IG's final findings come as Congress debates whether to renew the authority it grants to the FISA courts.

Coronavirus dashboard

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U.S. coronavirus updates: White House studies models projecting virus peak

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The White House and other institutions are observing several models to better understand and prepare cities for when the coronavirus is expected to peak in the U.S.

The state of play: The coronavirus is expected to peak in the U.S. in two weeks, but many states like Virginia and Maryland will see their individual peaks well after that, according to a model by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

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