Brit Hume said Tuesday that the Democrats' concerns over Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans assigning a female outside counsel to question Christine Blasey Ford is about optics, not truth-seeking.

Hume said there is "considerable precedent" to have an outside attorney question a witness, though it is not usually how hearings proceed.

"This is obviously all about the politics of appearances," he said. "They want to have a woman questioning a woman."

All 11 Republican members of the committee are men, while four of the 10 Democrats on the panel are women.


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"The Democrats on the other side... want a bunch of white guys playing victim," Hume said. "This is really not about fact-finding at this point."

Hume said he did not know who the Republicans' outside interrogator is, or whether she will be effective or not.

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