“The View” host Whoopi Goldberg had to fact-check Meghan McCain’s description of a New York Times correction in a bombshell new report about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
The newspaper reported that the FBI failed to interview former Yale classmates about sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh during the confirmation process last fall, and the authors of a new book found a new accuser.
McCain pointed to an editor’s note appended to the story that she believes casts doubt on the new reporting, but Goldberg asked her to clean up some of the claims she made.
“What we know about the article that came out, and again, I have not led investigations so I can’t speak to the legalities of it, but I can speak to the politics of it,” McCain said. “The woman that was named in the article that was supposedly victimized says she denies any memory of the alleged event.”
Goldberg interrupted, and pointed out that the new alleged victim, according to the Times, declined to be interviewed and friends said she does not recall the incident, which was recounted by former classmates.
“Okay,” McCain said, “again, this is very nebulous, and if it’s hard for us to explain, and I think the New York Times, the fact they didn’t mention it came from Max Stier who was a Clinton defense attorney who battled with Kavanaugh during the Whitewater investigation is a fact we should have known.”
McCain said the new allegations were too lewd to repeat on daytime television, but she didn’t think the report would change anyone’s opinion about Kavanaugh or his fitness to serve a lifetime judicial appointment.
“This is a battleground culture war issue right now,” she said. “There’s a thing called the ‘Kavanaugh effect,’ which happened during midterms where moderate Democrats ended up losing their seats because of Kavanaugh. Heidi Heitkamp, Claire McCaskill, Joe Donnelly, Bill Nelson. The politics of this — going into 2020, you want to impeach Trump and impeach Kavanaugh. Is that the winning strategy for democrats going forward in 2020? I want to know, do you think that’s what’s going to win over the Rust Belt?”
Co-host Sunny Hostin didn’t think Democrats would try to impeach Kavanaugh, because impeachment of a U.S. Supreme Court justice was historically rare and politically risky.
“It’s happened to federal judges, certainly,” Hostin said. “I think there have been impeachment proceedings against one Supreme Court justice, probably in the 1800s if I’m — tweet me if I’m wrong.”
McCain asked if a justice hadn’t been targeted for impeachment more recently, and seemed genuinely surprised by Hostin’s answer.
“Clarence Thomas, did they?” McCain said. “No? Okay.”
Hostin said the justice appears safe, but she said the president who appointed him might still face impeachment.
“It’s not going to happen, and it’s not a winning strategy,” Hostin said. “Impeaching Trump, I don’t know.”
WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’
"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.
Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.
"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."
John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police
John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.
It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."
While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."
Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent
The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.
The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.
Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.