Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at and on Twitter @mattshuham.

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The dean of Harvard Law School wrote to students Friday that “we cannot comment” on whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh would continue to teach there as a visiting lecturer in the 2019 winter term, as was previously planned, in light of the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh.

“Still,” HLS dean John F. Manning wrote to law school students Friday, in an email obtained by HuffPost, “I can provide you this assurance: When concerns and allegations arise about individuals in our teaching program, we take those concerns and allegations seriously, conduct necessary inquiries, complete our process, and then act.”

“If he is not telling the truth, to Congress or to the FBI, then he’s not fit not only to be on the Supreme Court but to be on the court that he’s on right now,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told “The Circus” co-host Alex Wagner Saturday, during an interview at the Texas Tribune Festival. Watch below:

H/t The Hill.

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(Trump did not mention Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony.)

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh said Thursday that “I did not” watch Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony regarding her allegations of sexual assault against him, but that “I plan to.”

“I plan to,” he repeated in response to a question from Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA). “I plan to, but I did not. I was preparing mine.”

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) repeated Thursday that neither she nor her staff leaked Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to the press. “She testified here this morning that she had talked to friends about it, and that press had talked to her,” she noted, asked how Blasey Ford’s allegations could have first been made public. The Intercept’s Ryan Grim, who first broke the story, denied Feinstein’s staff leaked Blasey Ford’s letter to him.

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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh apologized to Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), after a break in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, for asking her earlier if she’d ever blacked out, during her time to question him.

“She asked me a question me at the end, and I responded by asking her a question, and I’m sorry I did that, this is a tough process, I’m sorry about that,” Kavanaugh said.

Klobuchar responded: “I appreciate that. I would like to add, when you have a parent that’s an alcoholic, you’re pretty careful about drinking.”

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