Following a combative day of confirmation hearings for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a former federal prosecutor described his testimony as a tantrum.
Former federal prosecutor Cynthia Alksne went on MSNBC as “the expert” to dissect the implications of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
“It doesn’t seem to me like a real defense, he had this global defense, I never did anything,” anchor Chris Matthews noted. “I heard a guy defending his resume, I didn’t hear a guy showing indignant emotions that anybody would say he would behave like this.”
“He seemed uncomfortable and seemed to be hedging,” Matthews observed.
“I had a couple of thoughts about him,” she replied.
“First, I thought he had a tantrum and showed that he doesn’t have the temperament to be a Supreme Court justice,” Alksne concluded. “And he also showed that his — he can be an angry and belligerent person and it just felt like, ‘oh, that is what he’s like when he’s angry and belligerent when he’s drunk.'”
“Can you imagine if a woman came into the Senate chamber and screamed and hollered at senators like that and interrupted them and was that rude?” she wondered.
“She’d be taken out in a straight jacket, because it is Judge Kavanaugh, he got away with it,” she noted. “I thought it was shocking.”
“And additionally, he really hurt his credibility by dancing around and trying to avoid responding to the question about an FBI investigation,” she argued.
The FBI’s inability to question Mark Judge also damaged the nominee’s trustworthiness.
“There is no excuse that he hasn’t been called and the way that judge was constantly trying to get away from responding to that damages his credibility beyond repair for me,” she concluded.