In our brilliant and joyful liveblog of day two of Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings, we noted that the damn thing was going to go on well into the night, and that if there were fireworks, they'd probably come late, from Cory Booker and Kamala Harris AKA the Fun Senators AKA #They'reRunning. (And oh boy, speaking of fireworks, wait until we tell you about Cory Booker this morning!)

As for last night's fireworks? Oh, they happened. They fucking happened. They came from Kamala Harris, president of your ass, who had a very simple question for Brett Kavanaugh, one that he, who is so very well prepared, was not at all prepared for.

HARRIS: Judge, have you ever discussed Special Counsel Mueller or his investigation with anyone?

DURRRRRRRRRR! That was Kavanaugh's answer. DURRRRRRRRRRR!

The correct answer here would have been, "Sure I've talked to my wife about it and my friends and some judges and whatnot." But Kavanaugh was already flustered.

Then Harris got a little bit more specific:

HARRIS: Have you discussed Mueller or his investigation with anyone at Kasowitz, Benson and Torres, the law firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, President Trump's personal lawyer?


HARRIS: Be sure about your answer, sir.


It sounds like she knows about some sort of improper conversation/s Brett Kavanaugh, that scumbag, has had with member/s of Kasowitz, Benson and Torres, the law firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, President Trump's personal lawyer!

And Kavanaugh, who has such a wonderful memory, was suddenly overtaken with an extreme case of amnesia!

KAVANAUGH: Well ... I'm not remembering, but if you have something you want to ...

HARRIS: Are you certain you've not had a conversation with anyone at that law firm?

KAVANAUGH: Kasowitz, Benson ...

HARRIS: Kasowitz, Benson and Torres, which is the law firm founded by Marc Kasowitz, who is President Trump's personal lawyer.

OK, hold up right here. Kasowitz Benson Torres LLC is based in New York City, but has a location in Washington DC as well. It has 350 lawyers at all locations, and therefore is sizable but not humongous. The DC location is about a block from the White House. The DC location has SEVEN LAWYERS.

Brett Goddamn Kavanaugh has been on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals for twelve years, and before that he was the staff secretary in the Bush White House. He is not CONFUSED when he hears the name "Kasowitz Benson and Torres." He does not have to rack his brain about this.

But he sure did a good impression of it!

KAVANAUGH: Is there a person you're talking about?

HARRIS: I'm asking you a very direct question. Yes or no?

KAVANAUGH: I need to know the ... uh ... I'm not sure I know everyone who works at that law firm.

HARRIS: I don't think you need to. I think you need to know who you talked with. Who'd you talk to?

KAVANAUGH: I don't think I ... I'm not remembering ... but I'm happy to be refreshed, or if you want to tell me who you're thinking of ...

HARRIS: Sir, are you saying that with all you remember ... you have an impeccable memory. You've been speaking for almost eight hours -- I think more -- to this committee about all sorts of things you remember. How can you not remember whether or not you had a conversation about Robert Mueller or his investigation with anyone at that law firm? This investigation has only been going on for so long, sir. So please answer the question.

KAVANAUGH: I'm not sure I [...] I would like to know the person you're thinking of ...

HARRIS: I think you're thinking of someone and you don't want to tell us.


Oh my god, she is so scary, and we love her so fucking much.

At this point, GOP Senator Mike Lee, who is about as useful as a potted plant that has no friends, raised the objection that C'MON YOU GUYS, Washington has lots of law firms, so how can it be fair to expect Brett Kavanaugh to remember every single little one of them. We explained above that such excuses are bullshit.

At that point a protester took over and yelled a lot of words, and Harris's line of questioning didn't go much further, and that's approximately where last night ended.

Chris Geidner quotes a Democratic aide who commented on the exchange by very coyly not commenting on the exchange:

After the hearing concluded for the night, a Democratic aide said that they "have reason to believe" that a conversation happened and they "are continuing to pursue it."

That's code for "We have the fuckin' receipts, but we're not tellin'. Yet." You really think Kamala Harris would shoot if she thought she was gonna miss?

Thursday morning, Senator Orrin Hatch, who apparently has amnesia about last night's hearing, tried to PSHAW! all over Harris's questioning by saying that mean lady didn't even let Kavanaugh finish answering her questions! We didn't know SCOTUS nominees were required to have a good solid minute of stepping on their dicks before answering Kamala Harris's questions, but then again, lots of white male Republican senators seem to have a special set of rules when it comes to Harris, who absolutely terrifies them.

Kavanaugh responded to Hatch:

I haven't had any inappropriate conversations about that investigation with anyone," Kavanaugh added. "I've never given anyone any hints, forecasts, previews, winks, nothing about my view as a judge or how I would rule as a judge on that or anything related to that, so I thank you for the opportunity to clarify and reassure you on that."

Uh huh. Pretty sure Kamala Harris is referring to a different kind of conversation, one about which she has the receipts. And considering Kavanaugh's history of (allegedly!) lying to Congress during confirmation hearings, it's absolutely possible he's simply lying.

Who's fired up and ready to go for Kamala Harris's next round of questioning?

QUICK UPDATE: Kamala Harris did address the issue in her next round, and after MORE hemming and hawing, she managed to get a flat denial from the motherfucker. That doesn't mean this story is over, of course. It just means that's where things are until the full truth comes out. AND WHEN IT DOES ...

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