Attorney Alan Dershowitz on Friday called for the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay its vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh until after an FBI investigation into the accusations of sexual misconduct.
“The accusers and other witnesses should be questioned by the FBI and then be summoned to testify before the Judiciary Committee,” Dershowitz wrote in an op-ed for Fox News. “All sides have an interest in a full and thorough examination of these serious charges.”
“Right now, there is no way of knowing for certain” if Kavanaugh or his first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, “are truthfully stating what they honestly believe” and one of them is mistaken about what happened, or if “one of them is deliberately lying… which is why the FBI needs to talk to the judge’s accusers and others.”
However, Dershowitz notes that “Unfortunately, the decision of the Senate… will be based largely on the political dispositions of senators rather than on any desire to arrive at objective truth.
“Political considerations may not be the deciding factor for a handful of senators. But they will be for the vast majority, who either plan to seek re-election or are considering running for president.”
He concludes that “in the end, a tough choice will have to be made by the Senate and it is likely it will be made based largely on partisan considerations. This is not America’s finest moment.”
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