Dershowitz: Kavanaugh accuser's request is 'anti-American'

Alan Dershowit called "anti-American" a demand from Christine Blasey Ford's attorney that their client get to speak after Brett Kavanaugh at a hearing that would address her sexual assault allegations against the Supreme Court nominee. 

In an interview on "Fox & Friends," the Harvard law professor said Ford's request for Kavanaugh to testify before her runs contrary to due process and the rule of law.


"That is the most absurd, anti-due process, anti-American concept," Dershowitz said Friday, responding to host Steve Doocy's description of Ford's request.

"You testify without formally being accused under oath?" he asked. "Obviously she has to testify, she has to be cross-examined, preferably by good lawyers who can ask probing questions."

"Then [Kavanaugh] has to get up and respond," Dershowitz continued. "And be cross-examined, with probing questions."

The law professor and author of "The Case Against Impeaching Trump" added that he agrees with Ford that she should be able to call witnesses who can corroborate her story, but cautioned against believing one side or another based on their gender.

"These people who are on television, some people who I know and respect, [they say,] 'I believe her!' You've never met her!" Dershowitz adds in the interview.

"Are women born with a special gene for telling the truth, and men born with a special gene for lying?" he asked.

The Senate Judiciary Committee initially scheduled a hearing for Monday to hear from both Ford and Kavanaugh.

Ford's attorney has said the date for the hearing will need to be changed, but that her client is willing to testify. The sides are debating a number of issues, including who would speak first at a hearing.

Ford came forward in a Washington Post interview on Sunday after it was reported that Democrats on the committee were in possession of a letter detailing accusations against Kavanaugh. In the interview, she accused the Supreme Court nominee of groping her over her clothes at a high school party while forcibly holding her down and muffling her screams for help.

“She wishes to testify, provided that we can agree on terms that are fair and which ensure her safety,” Ford's lawyer Debra Katz wrote in a letter in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

Aides for the committee's chairman, Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGOP lawmakers distance themselves from Trump comments on transfer of power The Hill's 12:30 Report: Ginsburg lies in repose Top GOP senators say Hunter Biden's work 'cast a shadow' over Obama Ukraine policy MORE (R-Iowa), said Thursday night that Grassley was reviewing the options and had spoken with Ford's attorneys that evening about arranging her testimony.

"[Grassley] will consult with his colleagues on the committee. He remains committed to providing a fair forum for both Dr. Ford and Judge Kavanaugh," the aides said.