Alan Dershowitz warned on Friday that leftists have risked risked "destroying" the Supreme Court nomination process by using uncorroborated sexual assault allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Speaking on Fox & Friends, the Harvard Law emeritus professor asked rhetorically why any nominee would wish to endure such a process in the future. He noted, for example, that Kavanaugh will no longer teach at Harvard because of the unproven sexual assault allegations against him by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford.
"This kind of sexual McCarthyism is a terrible, terrible precedent," said Dershowitz. He said that victims of sexual assault should be taken seriously but the possibility that witnesses may be fabricating charges "out of whole cloth" must also be taken seriously.
Dershowitz referred to reports that was referring to reports that Leland Ingham Keyser -- a friend of Ford’s who knew her in the 1980s -- told the FBI that Monica McLean -- a friend of Ford’s -- called on her to change her statement about a party where Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted Ford when they were teenagers. While Ford said Keyser was at the party in suburban Maryland where she alleges Kavanaugh seuxally assaulted her in a bedroom, Keyser told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she does not know Kavanaugh and had no recollection of being at a party with him. McLean’s lawyer has denied his client tried to influence Keyser.
While Democrats have blasted the one-week FBI probe as a "sham" and a possible "cover-up," Dershowitz dismissed their claims as a "phony argument."
“I mean, he can’t teach at Harvard now because he was ‘suspected?'” Dershowitz told the Fox & Friends hosts. “When I was growing up in Brooklyn College at student, they fired professors because they were ‘suspected’ of maybe being communists when they were in their 20s. Suspicion was enough. This kind of sexual Mccarthyism is a terrible, terrible precedent.”
“Look, women being assaulted a horrible, horrible thing but women making up stories of the way at least one witness may well have made up a story out of whole cloth, that is a serious matter too and we have to look into all of these issues,” Dershowitz continued. “This is a teaching moment and I hope we learn the right thing from this teaching moment.”
"What would she do, change her testimony?" he asked, while saying that the FBI was instructed to find evidence to corroborate Ford’s account of the supposed assault. Saying that the issue is not political for him, he said that he was in favor of Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court. After Garland was nominated by Barack Obama in 2016, Republicans did not allow a hearing in the Senate.