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USA - Anti-Kavanaugh protesters mass at Supreme Court / Kavanaugh sworn in as justice in White House ceremony / Nikki Haley resigns as Trump's UN ambassador / Jeff Sessions forced out as US Attorney General by Trump /Trump rips into reporter for 'stupid question' / Trump picks General Milley as top military adviser
Story No.: G12865
Source: ASSOCIATED PRESS
Date: 12/08/2018 12:00 AM
Anti-Kavanaugh protesters mass at Supreme Court
Washington DC - 4 October 2018
1. SOUNDBITE (English) Sen. Elizabeth Warren, (D) Massachusetts:
"Our democracy has been hijacked by the powerful, who don't plan to share it.
2. Protesters gathering in front of Supreme Court
Kavanaugh sworn in as justice in White House ceremony
Washington DC - 8 October 2018
3. Anthony Kennedy, retired associate justice, U.S. Supreme Court and Brett Kavanaugh, associate justice, U.S. Supreme Court:
4. US President Donald Trump, Kennedy and Kavanaugh entering ceremony,
5. (From screen left to right) U.S. Supreme Court Justices John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg seated at ceremony
Nikki Haley resigns as Trump's UN ambassador
Washington - 9 October 2018
6. Mid, U.S. President Donald Trump and U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley seated in the Oval Office
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, U.S. President:
" She's done an incredible job. She's a fantastic person, very importantly, but she also is somebody that gets it.
Jeff Sessions forced out as US Attorney General by Trump
St. Louis - 9 October 2016
8. Jeff Sessions speaking to reporter
Washington, DC - 9 February 2017
9. Sessions taking oath of office for Attorney General
Trump rips into reporter for 'stupid question'
Washington DC - 9 November 2018
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Donald Trump, US President:
"CNN Reporter Abby Phillips: "Do you want him to rein in Robert Mueller?"
"What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question. But I watch you a lot. You ask a lot of stupid questions."
Trump picks General Milley as top military adviser
ARCHIVE: Seoul , South Korea- 18 September 2017
11. US Army Chief of Staff General Mark Milley speaking at podium
On October 4th 2108 about 3000 demonstrators gathered outside the Supreme Court to protest Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the United State's highest court.
The protesters include a loud contingent from Maine, and they're calling on Susan Collins, a key Republican senator from that state, to vote against Kavanaugh.
Collins that the FBI appears to have conducted a "very thorough investigation" of the sexual misconduct claims against Kavanaugh.
Alaskan Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, told reporters October 4th she has not yet "had an opportunity to go through" the review herself, so she said she "can't comment on whether or not... it's entirely thorough."
Two speakers who identified as survivors of sexual abuse from Alaska also addressed during the protest, urging Murkowski to vote against confirming Kavanaugh.
A procedural vote on Kavanaugh's nomination is set for Friday. He denies the allegations.
US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was sworn in -again, for the cameras, this time on October 8th at a White House ceremony.
US President Donald Trump in remarks at the ceremony said Kavanaugh had been found "innocent" in the process.
Kavanaugh said he was devoted to "equal justice under law".
President Donald Trump says the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, will be leaving administration 'at the end of the year'
Trump spoke as he and Haley met in the Oval Office, shortly after word came of her plans to resign.
He called Haley a "very special" person, adding that she told him six months ago that she might want to take some time off. Trump said that together, they had "solved a lot of problems."
No reason for the resignation was immediately provided.
Haley listed her accomplishments at the UN post by saying, "the U.S. is strong again."
Her resignation to Trump marking the latest shake-up in the turbulent Trump administration just weeks before the midterm election.
There was no immediate word on her successor.
Haley, 46, was appointed to the U.N. post in November 2016 and last month coordinated Trump's second trip to the United Nations, including his first time chairing the U.N. Security Council.
Before she was named by Trump to her U.N. post, Haley was governor of South Carolina, the first woman to hold the post.
She was re-elected in 2014.
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned on November 7th as the country's chief law enforcement officer after enduring more than a year of blistering and personal attacks over his recusal from the Russia investigation.
Sessions announced his resignation in a letter to US President Donald Trump, saying his resignation came at "your request".
Trump announced in a separate tweet that he was naming Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker, a former United States attorney from Iowa, as acting attorney general.
The resignation was the culmination of a toxic relationship that frayed just weeks into the attorney general's tumultuous tenure, when he stepped aside from the investigation into potential coordination between the president's campaign and Russia.
Trump blamed the decision for opening the door to the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller, who took over the Russia investigation and began examining whether Trump's hectoring of Sessions was part of a broader effort to obstruct justice and stymie the probe.
Sessions had risked his reputation when he became the first US senator to endorse the celebrity businessman.
His early backing helped Trump's effort to be seen as a legitimate candidate.
Nearly year after his endorsement, Sessions raised his hand in the Oval Office, becoming the nation's 84th Attorney General, the country's top law enforcement officer.
A cloud of suspicion about Russian meddling in the election hung over the Trump presidency from the very beginning.
In his confirmation hearings, Sessions said he didn't meet with Russian officials.
But a few weeks into his tenure, reports emerged that Sessions met with the Russian ambassador to the United States during the campaign.
At the time, Trump expressed his continued support of Sessions.
Sessions soon recused himself from any campaign investigations.
Trump has seethed about Sessions' decision for months, publicly venting on Twitter against him while musing privately about firing Sessions.
In a series of tweets, Trump called sessions "beleaguered," criticizing for not investigating Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Trump viewed Sessions' recusal as disloyal - arguably a grievous offense for this president, and a move that led to the end of his short career as Attorney General.
US President Donald Trump slammed another CNN reporter on November 9th, this time Abby Phillip, an African American woman, for asking what he said was "a stupid question".
Trump made the disparaging comment while talking to reporters as he was departing for Paris, France.
Phillip asked Trump whether he would like his new acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to "rein in" Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Trump responded by saying, "What a stupid question," adding, "But I watch you a lot. You ask a lot of stupid questions."
The comments followed Trump's attacks during the same question and answer session on CNN reporter Jim Acosta, who he called "unprofessional" and not smart, and Urban Radio Networks' April Ryan, who he called "very nasty" and "a loser".
Earlier in the week, the White House seized Acosta's White House press credential, while Trump suggested on November 9th that more reporters could lose theirs.
President Donald Trump announced on December 8th that he's picked a battle-hardened commander who oversaw troops in Iraq and Afghanistan to be the nation's next top military adviser.
If confirmed by the Senate, Gen. Mark Milley, who has been chief of the Army since August 2015, would succeed Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford's term doesn't end until Oct. 1.
Trump said the date of transition is "to be determined."
Trump used an early morning tweet to reveal his choice. "I am thankful to both of these incredible men for their service to our Country!" he said.
Trump's decision, announced before leaving Washington for the annual Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, had caught some in the Pentagon by surprise when unofficial word spread on December 7th after he had tweeted that a succession announcement was coming.
Normally an announcement on a new chairman wouldn't be expected until early 2019.
Officials had said the Air Force chief, Gen. David Goldfein, was also a strong contender for the job.
Milley is known as a charismatic, outgoing leader who has not been afraid to offer candid and sometimes blunt assessments to Congress.
in 2017 he admonished the House Armed Services Committee for its inability to approve a defense budget, slamming it as "professional malpractice."
In 2016, he told lawmakers, in answer to a direct question, that women should also have to register for the draft now that they are allowed to serve in all combat jobs.
As the Army's top leader, he helped shepherd the groundbreaking move of women into front-line infantry and other combat positions, while warning that it would take time to do it right.
More recently, he has worked with his senior officers to reverse a shortfall in Army recruiting when the service fell far short of its annual goal in 2018.
He also played a role in one of the Army's more contentious criminal cases.
While serving as head of US Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Milley was assigned to review the case of former Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive by the Taliban for five years.
Milley made the early decision to charge Bergdahl with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy.