Turley: Three Ways Kavanaugh-Ford Hearing Could Play Out
GOP senators will be in 'tough spot' questioning accuser.
Legal expert Jonathan Turley said there are three ways a public hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his sexual assault accuser could play out.
Lawmakers have invited Kavanaugh and his accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, to testify about her allegation that he assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s. This postpones Thursday's key confirmation vote and sets up a dramatic showdown in a hearing on Monday.
On "Fox & Friends" Tuesday, Turley, a George Washington University constitutional law professor, said the first way the hearing could play out is the "A Few Good Men" scenario, in which Ford breaks on the stand under questioning like Jack Nicholson's character in the 1992 film.
"The problem is, this isn't some powerful Marine general. This is someone who is claiming to be the victim of an attempted rape," Turley said. "Moreover, it isn't 'a few good men' on the committee, it's all men."
He said that will make for very difficult optics for Republican lawmakers, particularly in the current #MeToo climate.
Turley said the second possibility for the hearing is a "The Caine Mutiny" scenario, in which Kavanaugh -- who has called Ford's allegation "completely false" -- breaks behind the witness table by appearing uncertain and paranoid, like Humphrey Bogart's character in the 1954 film.
He said the third scenario is a "tie," which is also not good for Kavanaugh, as the public is likely to find Ford's account more compelling, particularly if Republicans are hesitant to press her.
"It's going to be real tough if this thing ends up as a he said-she said," Turley said.
"When you have a case where someone is alleging a sexual assault or a rape, either that person is a victim or that person is a liar, and you don't have any midpoint. If you finish midpoint, the jury tends to rule against the defendant."
When Brian Kilmeade asked Turley what chance he gives Kavanaugh's nomination of moving forward, the law professor responded, "Exactly 50-50."
Watch more from Turley above.