Fox's Hume: Democratic strategy on Kavanaugh points in one direction: 'Delay, delay, delay'

Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume said late Tuesday that "it's pretty transparent" that the Democratic strategy on the confirmation vote for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is to "delay, delay, delay." 

"It’s pretty transparent and it all points in one direction. Delay, delay, delay," said Hume in an interview with Fox's Tucker Carlson. "We know based on what we’ve been told at least that Christine Ford wasn’t reluctant to come forward and was induced somehow to do so."


Hume's comments followed the news that the Kavanaugh's accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, will not testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee until the a full FBI investigation into her sexual misconduct allegation of 36 years ago against him is completed.

"This is a sensitive matter with her and it has caused her as far as we know some pain and difficulty," Hume added. "It has the appearance that she has been pushed and now she may be pushing back. Or she doesn’t want to testify understandably. She never apparently did want to testify."

"And now of course they are finding a way to use that to say, 'we need an FBI investigation' because the whole idea of this is to postpone the vote as long as possible," Hume concluded. "Obviously, I think the Democrats had some hope that perhaps what they thought these explosive allegations would sink the nomination, but that clearly isn’t going to happen at least at this stage."

Thus far, the FBI has declined to open an investigation in Ford's claims because they don't fall under the jurisdiction of a federal crime.

Ford's attorney had indicated earlier this week that her client was willing to testify at a hearing before the Judiciary Committee, as had Kavanaugh, which was scheduled for next Monday.

Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee had offered to ban cameras from the hearing.

Ford claims that Kavanaugh had pinned her to a bed and attempted to take her clothes off at a high school party in the early 1980s.

Kavanaugh staunchly denies the claim and says he wasn't even at the party in question.

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Sanders mounts staunch defense of 'Medicare for All' | Biden, Sanders fight over health care heats up | House votes to repeal ObamaCare 'Cadillac Tax' | Dems want details on fetal tissue research ban Senate approves long-delayed tax treaties in win for business The peculiar priorities of Adam Schiff MORE (R-Iowa) said Tuesday night that he plans to go ahead with a hearing scheduled for Monday, regardless if Ford testifies or not.

“Dr. Ford’s testimony would reflect her personal knowledge and memory of events. Nothing the FBI or any other investigator does would have any bearing on what Dr. Ford tells the committee, so there is no reason for any further delay," Grassley said.