Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz, a staunch defender of President Donald Trump, said in a Fox News op-ed Thursday that the Senate Judiciary Committee “needs to slow down and postpone its vote” on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
Dershowitz called for the FBI to investigate sexual assault claims against Kavanaugh, questioning all accusers and witnesses.
The Fox News regular said all parties “have an interest in a full and thorough examination of these serious charges”.
“Maybe we can get closer to the truth, although that is not certain. But right now there are too many unanswered question to bring the confirmation of Kavanaugh – currently a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia – to a vote of the Judiciary Committee as scheduled on Friday, much less to a vote of the full Senate.”
But Dershowitz lamented that his advice is unlikely to be heeded by Senate Republicans, “because political truth has replaced scientific truth in our highly partisan age.”
“Accusations as serious as those made by Ford and others against Kavanaugh – which allege he was guilty of criminal conduct – should not stand without clear and convincing evidence of their truth in a nation where the courts presume an accused person is innocent until proven guilty,” Dershowitz wrote. “An FBI investigation might provide more evidence – either favorable or unfavorable to Kavanaugh.”
In the end, he said, the Senate is faced with a “tough choice” that will likely be decided “based largely on partisan considerations.”
“This is not America’s finest moment.”