People's Review - - OP-ED - The writer can be reached at: sha­shipb­malla@hot­

is not stand­ing, he means his Repub­li­can Party] af­ter his tough ac­tions on trade. Be­cause of trade tar­iffs and other pol­icy mat­ters, the United States is in po­lit­i­cal tur­moil. The lat­est is Trump’s nom­i­na­tion of Judge Brett Ka­vanaugh to the US Supreme Court. This is now mired in al­le­ga­tions of drunken be­hav­ior and sex­ual mis­con­duct [while he was in high school and col­lege] fol­low­ing a Se­nate Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee hear­ing. Therein, a Cal­i­for­nia uni­ver­sity pro­fes­sor of psy­chol­ogy, Dr. Chris­tine Blasey Ford, tes­ti­fied that Ka­vanaugh as­saulted her while drunk [in the pres­ence of a friend, like­wise drunk] when the two were teenagers. Ka­vanaugh de­nies the charge, but ac­knowl­edged drink­ing beer [in lim­i­ta­tion] as a youth [not re­veal­ing that he was un­der­age]. Democrats have raised ques­tions about his tem­per­a­ment and whether he was truth­ful about the ex­tent of his al­co­hol use. Af­ter a lot of pos­tur­ing and dither­ing, Trump and the Repub­li­cans have agreed to a lim­ited FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the for­mer FBI di­rec­tor James Comey ( in an opin­ion piece in ”The New York Times”, Oc­to­ber2, 2018) , although this “comes in a time of al­most in­de­scrib­able pain and anger, lies and at­tacks”, the FBI can do this cor­rectly, find the facts, and ‘ Speak Truth to Power’.

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