Indeed, around midnight Tuesday, CNN posted a story quoting a man named Patrick J. Smyth, a former high school classmate of Kavanaugh's who said he had been cited by Ford as having been at the party where she was allegedly attacked. "I understand that I have been identified by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as the person she remembers as 'PJ' who supposedly was present at the party she described in her statements to the Washington Post," Smyth wrote in a letter to the Senate committee, according to CNN. "I am issuing this statement today to make it clear to all involved that I have no knowledge of the party in question; nor do I have any knowledge of the allegations of improper conduct she has leveled against Brett Kavanaugh."
A Navy sailor was killed Monday afternoon aboard the USS George H. W. Bush off the East Coast of the United States, service officials said Tuesday. The officials described the death aboard the aircraft carrier as "a mishap" on the ship's flight deck. The Bush was at sea conducting carrier qualification training after it had departed from Norfolk, Va., last week ahead of Hurricane Florence's landfall. No other individuals were injured in the incident, and officials said an investigation has been launched. They declined to provide additional details Tuesday about the incident. read more
A man was arrested on suspicion of felony assault and other charges after allegedly attempting to stab a Republican congressional candidate with a switchblade over the weekend at in Castro Valley, according to the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. According to witnesses, 35-year-old Castro Valley resident Farzad Fazeli approached Peters at his booth in an aggressive manner and made disparaging, profanity-laced remarks about the Republican party and President Donald Trump.
But do Kavanaugh's inaccurate statements rise to the level of perjury? Did he commit a federal crime? I put the question to several legal scholars, and the reply I received was generally: "no."
Police detained a suspect in a shooting Thursday at a Fifth Third Bank in Cincinnati's Fountain Square, a police dispatcher said. Details of the shooting were not immediately available, but the dispatcher said the situation is no longer active, and a suspect is in custody. read more