CNN’s Smerconish: Jeff Flake ‘Did the Nation a Favor’ With Push for Investigation, Vote Delay


CNN’s Michael Smerconish this morning said there’s been “too much grandstanding” in the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation process.

Smerconish said this morning he found both Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford to be credible, but said, “As an attorney I found the process to be lacking. Too much grandstanding, not enough search for the truth. I think it disgraceful that senators on both sides of the aisle weighed on whether they believed one or the other before ever hearing them speak.”

He criticized the “disjointed” questioning format that did no favors for Rachel Mitchell and the fact that Mark Judge wasn’t called in.

“The week ended with the right outcome, more investigation,” he said. “No Republican senator could have been withstood being asked by a constituent months from now how they voted to confirm Justice Kavanaugh without at least first hearing from Mark Judge.”

Smerconish also praised Jeff Flake for doing the country “a favor” by calling for a one-week pause while the FBI investigates.

The other people named by Ford as being at the party, Smerconish said, should be interviewed as well. “They may have nothing further which is relevant to offer,” he said, “but the investigation should not end until they’ve been thoroughly questioned by a neutral investigator. I don’t think we’re going to get a clear outcome. But at least the allegation will have been handled with the seriousness they deserve.”

Watch above, via CNN.

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