Daily VideoOctober 4, 2018
#MonitoringTheMidterms: FBI investigation into Kavanaugh wraps up
Directions: Read the summary with your students, watch the video (you may wish to stop it at 3m:40s, for the sake of time; see transcript here) and then answer the discussion questions. As always, be sure to preview all the videos. Let your students know that if issues of sexual assault raised in this story affects them in any way, that they should feel safe speaking with adults they trust, including school counselors, teachers and family members.
On Thursday, the Senate Judiciary Committee received the FBI report on misconduct accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Legislators will review the document before taking a key procedural vote on Friday. During Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony last week, she said she was “100 percent” certain that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her when they were in high school in the 1980s. Kavanaugh denied the incident ever took place and that the accusation was a “political hit.”
Following Republican Sen. Jeff Flake’s call for an FBI investigation, in which he departed from all of his fellow Republicans on the committee, the White House ordered the FBI to investigate the matter. The Bureau wrapped up their investigation without interviewing Ford or other key witnesses. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump mocked Ford at a rally calling her testimony into question.
1. Why did the White House order an FBI investigation into the accusations against Kavanaugh?
2. Why did the FBI not interview Blasey Ford as part of their investigation?
3. Were you surprised to hear that recent polling found Republicans are feeling energized ahead of the 2018 midterm elections as a result of the Kavanaugh hearings? Why or why not?
4. Why are women as well as men sharing their own stories of sexual assault following last week’s Supreme Court hearings? How has the #MeToo movement helped those who have experienced sexual violence talk about their experience?
5. Do you think Kavanaugh should be confirmed to the Supreme Court? Why or why not?
Directions: Read the summary below first, then watch the video and answer the discussion questions. To help students follow along, turn on the closed captions function marked “CC” or use the transcript. For the sake of time, you may choose to stop the video at 2m:22s.
1. How and when should adults be held accountable for their actions as children or teenagers?
2. Do young people think about the choices they make as teenagers and how they may have consequences for their adult lives?
3. Do you think some of the young people’s opinions may have shifted after they heard from remarks by Blasey Ford, Kavanaugh, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and President Trump’s recent remarks at this Mississippi rally?
4. After hearing last week’s testimony by Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh, how has your understanding of the issue of sexual assault in America changed?
For classroom resources since the start of the Supreme Court hearings, use NewsHour Extra’s Study guide: Supreme Court confirmation process of Brett Kavanaugh.
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