Alan Dershowitz Rages Against ‘Precedent’ Set By Kavanaugh Confirmation Process: It’s ‘Sexual McCarthyism’


Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz spoke of the potential “precedent” which he believes the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh will establish.

Appearing on Fox & Friends, Dershowitz began by reacting the criticism of the recently-closed FBI investigation into the allegations made against Kavanaugh, saying that the “phoniest argument” was that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford should have been interviewed.

He argued that FBI’s job was to find people who could corroborate Ford’s sworn testimony and called the demand for her to be interviewed by the FBI an “absurd” one.

“What would she do, change her testimony?” Dershowitz asked. “She couldn’t help herself. She could only hurt herself if she changed her testimony.”

“So was it an earnest attempt at the facts or an earnest attempt at delay?” Fox News’ Pete Hegseth asked.

“Earnest attempt at delay,” Dershowitz responded. “Serious earnest attempts at delay.”

Dershowitz then pivoted to the significance of the confirmation process and whether we would “allow a nominee to be discredited” without hard evidence and whether this will become a “precedent” where “nobody will want to serve on the bench.”

“I mean, he can’t teach at Harvard now because he was ‘suspected?'” Dershowitz told the Fox & Friends hosts. “When I was growing up in Brooklyn College at student, they fired professors because they were ‘suspected’ of maybe being communists when they were in their 20s. Suspicion was enough. This kind of sexual Mccarthyism is a terrible, terrible precedent.”

“Look, women being assaulted a horrible, horrible thing but women making up stories of the way at least one witness may well have made up a story out of whole cloth, that is a serious matter too and we have to look into all of these issues,” Dershowitz continued. “This is a teaching moment and I hope we learn the right thing from this teaching moment.”

Dershowitz went on to clarify that he’s not an “advocate” for Kavanaugh, adding that his candidate would have been Judge Merrick Garland. However, he argued that the confirmation process could be “forever destroyed.”

Watch the clip above, via Fox News.

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