A former federal prosecutor explained why the sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh were credible — and she called out Republican hypocrites who insist the accuser must publicly testify.
Mimi Rocah, a former U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, signed on to a column vouching for the credibility of Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations that was written with four other MSNBC contributors with legal backgrounds.
“If she was going to make it up, why would she put Mark Judge at the scene?” Rocah told “Morning Joe.” “Why would she put a witness there who, you know, is in all likelihood going to contradict her because he is a friend of Kavanaugh’s?”
The Pace Law School professor said Ford, a psychology professor in California, had little to gain — and much to lose — by publicly accusing the Supreme Court nominee of attempted rape while they were high schoolers.
“What would her motive be for coming forward?” Rocah said. “She does not appear to be a political woman. Why would she put herself through what she predicted would happen and is happening?”
Rocah said the specificity of Ford’s claims made her allegations credible, and she said any credible rape accusation should be investigated — especially when the case involves a Supreme Court nominee.
“You look into it because you need to know did this happen and you can make — people can make their own decision about whether that means he should be a Supreme Court justice, if it happened, and is he lying now and should that affect his ability to become a Supreme Court justice,” Rocah said.
She then blasted Senate Republicans for attempting to rush Kavanugh’s nomination past Ford’s allegations.
“What the Republicans are offering to do right now is a total sham,” Rocah said. “They want to throw her up there, they’ve already made up their mind.”
Rocah called out GOP lawmakers for letting President Donald Trump skate past special counsel Robert Mueller while insisting Ford must testify publicly before they’ll consider her allegations.
“I mean, remember, President Trump won’t go sit with Robert Mueller for an interview because he thinks it’s a perjury trap, but this woman is supposed to go in front of judges — meaning the senators — who have basically decided she’s lying,” Rocah said. “That’s the height of hypocrisy.”
‘I don’t care’: Watch Kamala Harris shut down Chris Hayes for asking a dumb question about Trump
Sen. Kamala Harris shut down MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes during a post-debate interview on Tuesday evening.
Hayes questioned Harris about her call for Twitter to follow their terms of service and kick President Donald Trump off of the platform.
"Do you think he puts people’s lives in danger when he targets them in tweets?" Hayes asked.
"Absolutely," Harris replied.
"Do you think he knows that?" Hayes asked.
"Does it matter?" Harris replied.
"The fact is he did it. The fact is that he is irresponsible, he is erratic," she explained. "He is like a 2-year-old with a machine gun."
Democrats blast Trump and demand his impeachment at CNN debate
Democratic White House hopefuls united in searing condemnation of Donald Trump during their fourth debate Tuesday, saying the president has broken the law, abused his power, and deserves to be impeached.
From the opening moments, most of the dozen candidates on stage launched fierce broadsides against Trump over the Ukrainian scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.
"The impeachment must go forward," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is neck and neck with former vice president Joe Biden at the head of the 2020 nominations race.
"Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences," she thundered.
Here are 3 winners and 4 losers from the CNN/NYT Democratic presidential primary debate
Twelve Democrats took to the stage Tuesday night for yet another debate in the party's 2020 president primary hosted by CNN and the New York Times.
After only ten candidates qualified for the previous debate, an additional two — Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and wealthy donor and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer — made it to the stage this round for an even more crowded event.
The candidates discussed a range of important policy issues, but since the format was a debate, and they're all competing for the same nomination, it is ultimately most critical who won and who lost the night. Here are three winners and four losers — necessarily a subjective assessment, of course — from the debate: