Kornacki: "Pretty Loud Criticism" On The Left At Feinstein For Initially Keeping Accuser's Name Private


Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) joins 'MTP Daily' to discuss the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Associate Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh and delaying the confirmation votes. Duckworth said the Senate should "take whatever time" is needed in order to have a "thorough hearing" into Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford.

Kavanaugh has been accused by professor Dr. Christine Blasey Ford of sexual assault when the two were in high school. The accusation stemmed from a letter Judiciary Committee member Dianne Feinstein received privately from Ford some time since at least the beginning of the summer.

MSNBC's Steve Kornacki told Duckworth of, "some pretty loud criticism on the left at least initially of Dianne Feinstein and her decision not to turn that information over to make it public initially."

Watch the discussion on Monday's edition of 'MTP Daily':

STEVE KORNACKI, 'MTP DAILY' GUEST HOST: You're -- one of your colleague there's in the Senate, Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, he addressed this topic today. He is noncommittal right now in terms of the action he is going to take, but he is trying to put some of the onus back on Democrats, back on your party, specifically Dianne Feinstein. Of course Dianne Feinstein had been given this allegation over the summer. She kept it to herself within her office until the last week.

Grassley basically saying unfortunately, committee Republicans have only known this person's identity from news reports for less than 24 hours. They've known about her allegations for less than week.

Senator Feinstein, on the other hand, has had this information for many weeks and deprived her colleagues of the information necessary to do our jobs. Do you think he has a point there?

SEN. TAMMY DUCKWORTH (D-IL): Well, I think he is missing the point that this was all at the request of Dr. Ford herself. You know, I've dealt with military sexual trauma, women who have been victims of sexual trauma in the military. This is a common thing for victims, that they are very reluctant to come forward.

You read the text of the letter that Dr. Ford sent to Senator Feinstein. She was very clear that she did not want to come forward. She herself has said that she didn't make that decision until just this very weekend. So I don't know that Senator Feinstein had the ability to share that information with anybody else.

But now that Dr. Ford has taken the very brave step of coming forward and willing to expose herself to public scrutiny, she should be honored for her bravery, but she should also be listened to as a potential victim.

We don't want to set a bad example for victims all around this country and this time when women and men also are coming forward to talk about the sexual assault that they they've been victims of, and to really scare people from coming forward if they truly have become victims of a crime.

KORNACKI: Yeah, I think that's an interesting point you're making, because there has been -- I have seen at least initially where it may be where -- may be dying down a little bit right now, but some pretty loud criticism on the left at least initially of Dianne Feinstein and her decision not to turn that information over to make it public initially.

In her situation, is that how you would handle it? If you were given information from a woman who said this happened to me, I'm telling you about it, but I don't want you telling your colleagues, I don't want you bringing it up in these hearing, is that how you would handle it?

DUCKWORTH: I would certainly handle it much the same way. That is I would turn over the information to the FBI, which I understand Senator Feinstein has done. But I would first and foremost honor the victim.

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