George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley said congressional Democrats lowered the bar for the standard of proof concerning sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
“For objective observers … it’s impossible not to be troubled by the timing of all this,” Turley said on “Fox & Friends” Monday. (RELATED: Jonathan Turley Says There’s No Middle Ground With Kavanaugh Accuser)
“These types of allegations coming after the hearings were completed. Right before successive votes were scheduled — all leads to real concerns about how this process should unfold. But more importantly, 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?”
Turley was referring to an article in The New Yorker by Ronan Farrow and Jane Mayer, showcasing a second Kavanaugh accuser named Deborah Ramirez. She went to Yale University at the same time as Kavanaugh and claims he exposed himself to her at a “drunken dormitory party.” She also said she had gaps in her memory and was drinking at the time of the alleged incident.
Turley said Democratic senators are choosing to blindly believe Kavanaugh’s accusers and called them “opportunistic” for allowing the truth to take a back seat to their political agenda.
“There has to be a modicum of fairness for Brett Kavanaugh. You cannot be the standard suggested by some Democratic senators, that we’ll just believe the accuser. That’s too easy. It’s too opportunistic. And it is not what their function truly is,” he said.
“They’re not a court of law, but they do have a right, they do have an obligation to be fair to this nominee.”
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