As Democratic lawmakers are attempting to delay Kavanaugh's confirmation by demanding that Republicans not "bully" his accuser into testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz is saying that the Supreme Court nominee has a "core right" to confront his accuser under oath.
Appearing on Fox News, Dershowitz agreed that Christine Blasey Ford must accept Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) invitation to show up on Monday or else risk violating Kavanaugh's "core right" to confront her.
"I believe she has to show up on Monday," said Dershowitz. "If she doesn’t show up on Monday she has violated his core right to confront his accuser. If he shows up, what’s he going to respond to? News reports? She has to go under oath."
In fact, Dershowitz said that nobody should even refer to her as a victim or to him as the perpetrator until she testifies.
"She has to testify," Dershowitz said. "Nobody should be referring to her as a victim or him as a perpetrator until we hear from both of them under oath [and] subject to cross examination. There is nothing more essential to American justice than the opportunity to cross-examine your accuser, to confront your accuser. It’s in the Constitution. Essentially, it goes back to Magna Carta."
This is not only un-American, but just plain wrong, says Dershowitz.
"The idea that we’re calling somebody a perpetrator and somebody else a victim based solely on he-said-she-said is just wrong, and it’s un-American," he continued. "She should testify. They should also call in [Mark] Judge and any other witnesses who were at the party, who claim they weren’t at the party. Sure, let them broaden it beyond the two of them."
Then Dershowitz excoriated the Democrats bringing identity politics into the mix by noting that everyone lies, men and women. "Neither men nor women were born with a gene to lie or tell the truth. Women lie. Men lie. Women forget. Men forget. These are very emotional issues," he said.
Dershowitz blames certain aspects of the #MeToo movement for destroying men before they can prove their innocence.
"That’s what’s happened today with the Me Too movement," remarked Dershowitz. "In fact, in many respects, men are denied even the opportunity to prove their innocence. In colleges and universities today, it’s enough for a preponderance of the evidence — that means 51 percent — that means 49 out of every 100 people accused on a college campus and convicted may well be innocent."