Christine Blasey Ford, the declassification of secret documents, and interpreting police shootings on the Political Gabfest.

Should Judge Kavanaugh’s Accuser Testify Without an FBI Investigation?

Should Judge Kavanaugh’s Accuser Testify Without an FBI Investigation?

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Sept. 20 2018 6:46 PM

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WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 09: U.S. President Donald Trump introduces U.S. Circuit Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh as his nominee to the United States Supreme Court during an event in the East Room of the White House July 9, 2018 in Washington, DC. Pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate, Judge Kavanaugh would succeed Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy, 81, who is retiring after 30 years of service on the high court. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz, and David French, senior fellow at the National Review Institute, discuss the value of an FBI investigation into accusations against Brett Kavanaugh, Trump’s declassification of documents related to the Russia investigation, and how to understand police shootings.


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