Charlotte Talks: Kavanaugh And Accuser Face Senate, Rosenstein Faces Trump

Sep 27, 2018

Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018

President Trump, who nominated Judge Kavanaugh in July, called his Supreme Court nominee "a fine, fine man" after a second accuser stepped forward.
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All eyes are on Washington for a pair of closely-watched meetings: the testimony from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's visit to the White House. Mike Collins previews the day ahead and the political implications.

If any day was a pivotal one for the Trump Administration, it might be hard to top what’s on the docket for Thursday.

The president’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, returns for what is arguably the most closely-watched meeting of its kind in a generation. The Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from Kavanaugh, as well as an accuser whose allegation of attempted sexual assault in high school threatens to derail his nomination.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will be at the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue to meet with the president, days after a bombshell New York Times report that he suggested recording Trump and setting into motion his removal from office under the 25th Amendment.

Political experts weigh in on the  day ahead.


Michael Bitzer, Catawba College, Department of Politics chair; blogs at Old North State Politics (@BowTiePolitics)

Susan Roberts, Davidson College, professor of political science (@profsuroberts)

Kelly Dittmar, Rutgers University, assistant professor of political science, scholar at Rutgers' Center for American Women in Politics (@kdittmar)