'What Evidence Is There?': 'F&F' Hosts Challenge Dem Sen. Coons on Kavanaugh Opposition
Coons says 'broken' Senate must return to bipartisanship.
Sen. Chris Coons (D-Del.) was challenged by the "Fox & Friends" anchors Thursday on whether there is evidence to back up Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Coons, along with members of the Judiciary Committee, will soon view the FBI's supplemental background check into Ford's allegations against Kavanaugh. Coons and Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) came together last week to call for a one-week FBI review of Ford's claims before the Senate votes on confirmation.
A source familiar with the supplemental report told Fox News it shows no evidence corroborating the allegations of sexual assault or misconduct against the nominee.
Senator @ChrisCoons: "I believe [@SenFeinstein] sat on it for so long because she was respecting Dr. Ford's request for confidentiality...It was leaked by someone with a partisan motive. I think that's something we can all conclude." https://t.co/ItcJKovmJ4 pic.twitter.com/EfhIrJNefF
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 4, 2018
Coons was asked by Ainsley Earhardt whether there is actual evidence to back up Ford's claims. He answered that he doesn't believe enough people were interviewed by the FBI to reach a full conclusion on Ford's allegations.
He added that he took particular issue with Kavanaugh's "partisan, personal attack" on Senate Democrats, arguing the judge would have been better served letting his supporters make that case in the media.
"I don't think a sitting judge should have come at us with quite that tone. ... He crossed a line," he said.
Earhardt responded, "Isn't it easy to throw stones though when you're not the one sitting on the stand in front of the country and everyone's accusing, judging you for something there's no evidence you ever did?"
Coons said he disagrees with the notion that there is "no evidence," declining to offer specific corroboration of Ford's claim.
Brian Kilmeade countered that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg made partisan comments against President Trump in 2016. Coons said he believed that comment to also be "inappropriate."
He said the Senate is a "broken institution" and Supreme Court nominees should not be confirmed along party lines by just a few votes.
Coons said important bipartisan bills were passed by the Senate Wednesday to deal with the opioid crisis and to authorize the FAA, both supported by President Trump, but those measures get no coverage in the media.
"We need to recognize if we can't work together, the country can't move forward," he emphasized, adding that he understands why Americans on both sides are upset at the process.
Watch the compelling interview above.