Alan Dershowitz did not hold back his thoughts when asked about Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell’s cross-examination during Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony Thursday on Capitol Hill.
The comments came during the Harvard Law professor’s appearance Thursday night on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” when the host noted that Dershowitz concerns the night before over Mitchell’s hiring for Supreme Court justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s hearing was justified.
“I was criticized very much for making that point I turned out to be 100% right,” Dershowitz replied. “She was totally and completely incompetent in terms of asking cross-examination questions. Because she has little experience.”
“For example, the main issue now is whether or not she [Ford] recognized Kavanaugh correctly,” he added. “She was never asked whether ‘how well she knew him, how many times she encountered him before this. How close was their relationship?'”
Dershowitz continued, “There was nothing that could raise questions about whether even if she believes she is telling the truth, she may have misidentified. So she just did a terrible job. And I think the Republicans realized that and they canned her right in the middle. But it was a very bad choice.”
Tucker agreed that for “those of us who ask questions for a living sat and watched with our mouths open wondering throughout ‘what was the point of this,” noting that when you “asking questions of a witness, aren’t you doing so in order to prove a point, tell a story, you’re doing it for some reason, aren’t you?”
“You have to have a theory,” the professor responded. “Every question has to be part of a tactic. You ask question “A” in order to lay a foundation for “B.” She was just asking questions. It just didn’t seem to go anywhere. She didn’t have much of a point. And in the end, she accomplished nothing.”
Tucker responded, “Yes, Brett Kavanaugh defended himself. Nobody else was. Other than Lindsey Graham.”