'This Is All About Delay': Fox News Legal Experts Weigh In on New Kavanaugh Accusations
McCarthy, Levin, Turley on chaotic confirmation process.
Embattled Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh is facing new accusations of sexual misconduct.
The New Yorker magazine reported late Sunday that a Yale University classmate of Kavanaugh, Debbie Ramirez, claimed he exposed himself to her at a college party.
Additionally, Michael Avenatti, who represents adult film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against President Trump, has claimed to have knowledge that Kavanaugh and others targeted women at high school parties with "alcohol/drugs."
My e-mail of moments ago with Mike Davis, Chief Counsel for Nominations for U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. We demand that this process be thorough, open and fair, which is what the American public deserves. It must not be rushed and evidence/witnesses must not be hidden. pic.twitter.com/11XLZJBTtY
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) September 24, 2018
The claims, which have not been corroborated, follow those of a California woman, Christine Blasey Ford, who alleges Kavanaugh held her down and tried to force himself on her while both were in high school. Kavanaugh strongly denied that claim as a "smear."
Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy said there is no evidence to back up these allegations, and even if there was, they are not prosecutable.
McCarthy said Democrats are using the allegations facing Kavanaugh to delay the confirmation process.
"As they see it, this is about the ideological bent of the Supreme Court, maybe for the next generation. And they are going to fight this tooth and nail to prevent Kavanaugh from being in that seat," McCarthy said.
He said Kavanaugh is an eminently qualified candidate who has written 300 appellate opinions in a dozen years on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
"They have more than enough information to decide whether he's qualified to fill the seat or not," McCarthy said, adding that Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) should not allow the confirmation process to be further delayed by Democrats.
On "Life, Liberty & Levin" on Sunday, Mark Levin made a similar argument, claiming that Democrats have "hijacked" and "destroyed" the Supreme Court confirmation process over the past 30 years.
He said Democrats for decades have attempted to stack state courts and the Supreme Court with "progressive statists," because they believe in the centralization of government and they want issues nationalized.
"They can talk about people all they want, they can talk about women all they want, they can talk about 'all white men' all they want," Levin said. "What they really want is power and to maintain their power."
"And all roads, for them, lead through the Supreme Court."
George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley said it's impossible not to be troubled by the timing of these allegations, which come right after Kavanaugh's hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee were completed and right before the committee was set to vote to advance his nomination to the Senate floor.
"It really goes to: what is the burden? Not of these women coming forward or to be heard, but what's the burden for senators? There has to be a modicum of fairness for Brett Kavanaugh," Turley said.
He explained that it's too easy and opportunistic to simply believe the accusers, as some Democrats have suggested.
Watch the clips above.