'What's the Rush?': House Dem Swalwell Says GOP Trying to Impose 'Fantasy Deadline' for Kavanaugh Vote
America's Newsroom co-host Sandra Smith pressed Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) on Wednesday about what exactly Democrats want the FBI to investigate regarding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh has been accused by Christine Blasey Ford of sexually assaulting her while the two were in high school in the 1980s.
Ford had said on Tuesday that she won't appear in an open hearing with Kavanaugh about the alleged incident until an FBI investigation takes place. Fox News is told that a criminal probe will not happen.
Many have come to the defense of Kavanaugh, including President Trump, the nominee's past girlfriends, dozens of other women he's known and former President George W. Bush, whom Kavanaugh worked with as a White House counsel.
"If the president wanted a full investigation, he would tell the FBI, as has been done in the past to look at these new claims," Swalwell said on Wednesday.
"What is it that you want the FBI to investigate?" Smith asked, referring to Ford's 36-year-old allegation which did not include a specific date or location for the alleged assault.
Swalwell answered that he wants the agency to investigate the claims like they did in the case of Associate Justice Clarence Thomas in 1991.
Federal law enforcement source tells @FoxNews there is nothing for the FBI to investigate regarding Kavanaugh and that “this is a political issue - not a law enforcement one”
— John Roberts (@johnrobertsFox) September 19, 2018
He dismissed GOP criticism of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for failing to release the allegations until shortly before the first confirmation vote.
Requiring an FBI investigation of a 36 year old allegation (without specific references to time or location) before Professor Ford will appear before the Judiciary Committee is not about finding the truth, but delaying the process till after the midterm elections.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 19, 2018
"Do we want a judge on the Supreme Court if this is true?" Swalwell asked. "I don't understand the argument that even if this is true, it's expired beyond some arbitrary fantasy deadline."
When asked if he thinks Ford will attend Monday's scheduled hearing for her and Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Swalwell said she needs to be afforded a process and that "hopefully" she testifies.
"What's the rush?" he asked.
Watch the discussion from America's Newsroom above.