WATCH: Megyn Kelly Slams Kavanaugh's Accuser For Not Testifying: 'She’s Not In Charge Of The U.S. Senate'

On Thursday, NBC’s Megyn Kelly took on a panel of three guests, also from NBC News, who defended Brett Kavanaugh’s accuser, Christine Blasey Ford. When the panel kept insisting, as supporters of Ford have, that an independent investigation needed be conducted into the allegations, despite Kelly having noted that Ford has refused to testify before the Judiciary Committee, Kelly finally snapped back, “She’s not in charge of the U.S. Senate.”

Kelly started by noting, “This has become a partisan fight; like all the Supreme Court nominations do.”

Megan Twohey of The New York Times referenced an op-ed by Anita Hill, who infamously accused Justice Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment during his confirmation hearings. Twohey noted Hill ripped the Judiciary Committee for not having a protocol dealing with sexual harassment claims; Twohey claimed, “We’re seeing the terrible ramifications of that.”

Kelly replied, “Can I tell you something? I think Dianne Feinstein bears a lot of the blame here, because this woman found a way to come forward, and Dianne Feinstein buried it!”

Twohey persisted that the protocol wasn’t in place for Ford to come forward anonymously, but Kelly interjected, “Okay, but she did. The reason you need a process, first and foremost, is so women feel like they have a place to go. So Christine Blasey Ford found a way. Why wouldn’t Dianne Feinstein say, at least anonymously to Brett Kavanaugh when she met with him one-on-one, I’ve received a serious allegation, I need to raise it with you’?”

MSNBC legal analyst Dan Goldman posited, ”Because the woman didn’t want to come forward,” prompting Kelly to fire back, “She didn’t have to name her, Dan. She didn’t have to name her.” Goldman tried again: “I think, and I may be wrong about this, I think that part of the conditions of her coming forward to anonymously tell Feinstein is that she didn’t want to be brought up and brought through the wringer that she is going through now.”

Kelly was having none of that; she asserted, “Dan, think of what you’re saying. Think of what you’re saying.” She portrayed his perspective of what Ford might have felt: “So I just want to let you know that I’ve been harassed, you can never mention it to anybody; you can’t mention my name, you can’t mention it anonymously.” "That’s clearly not what Christine Ford wanted.”

NBC’s Stephanie Gosk chimed in, “The first, biggest problem is that it leaked. Her name leaked.”

Kelly calmly pointed out, “The Democrats leaked it. The Democrats leaked it. They outed her.”

Gosk and Twohey pushed for an FBI investigation, but Kelly educated them, noting no federal crime had been alleged, adding that Ford would still get a process whether there’s an FBI investigation or not, and that she would have to submit to testimony before the senators. She concluded, “This is not about a criminal investigation; it’s about the Senate’s duty to advise and consent. They’re in charge of what would help them make that recommendation.”

When Goldman kept insisting that an independent investigation was needed, Kelly took no prisoners, saying, “But the point is, she at this point is refusing to testify at all unless she gets to dictate the process," adding, “She’s not in charge of the U.S. Senate.”


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