Gillibrand: Kavanaugh Accuser Should Skip "Sham Hearing," Getting Bullied Into He Said/She Said Scenario

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said President Trump has no empathy for Dr. Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. The Senator told CNN's Jim Acosta the president doesn't actually value women and is "constantly trying to undermine women's rights."

"Why is it that he seems to show more empathy for Judge Kavanaugh than for the accuser in this case," CNN's Jim Acosta asked.

"Well, because he has over a dozen credible accusers against him for sexual harassment and sexual assault and he has not shown empathy towards women, he doesn’t believe women and I don’t think he actually values women, given how much he’s said in the past about women, misogynistic comments and constantly trying to undermine women’s rights," Gillibrand said. "His goal in appointing Kavanaugh was to find a judge who would undermine and overturn Roe v. Wade."





"He does not support women’s rights to make decisions about their own bodies and neither does his nominee for the court," she added.

"I don’t think she should be bullied into this scenario where the he said/she said, where many members of the committee have already made up their mind," the Senator said. "It’s a sham hearing. And I -- I don’t think she should participate in it."

Gillibrand on Ford being "bullied" by the Senate Judiciary Committee:

JIM ACOSTA, CNN: And -- and Senator, finally I know you worked on a lot of these issues for many years up on Capitol Hill, especially with respect to the military, so you do have some expertise in this area. Professor Ford is now faced with an incredibly difficult decision on whether to testify on Monday. It does sound as though she -- she’s hit the pause button on some of this. What would your advice be to Professor Ford if you could give her advice, if you could speak directly to her, what would you say to her.

SEN. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND (D-NY): Well, you know, I -- I stand with her and she is being bullied by this committee. It’s outrageous that this committee has not moved forward despite the rest of the world. They’re stuck in -- decades ago. They -- they literally are frozen in time. And not only should she be given the opportunity to testify -- which she has asked for, she’s asked to cooperate, she’s asked for an investigation, which is the minimum that should be afforded her.

She will want to have the corroborating witnesses testify too so the full story can be testified to under oath. And so I believe her, I stand with her and I don’t think she --

ACOSTA: Do you hope that she shows up on Monday, do you hope that she testifies?

GILLIBRAND: I don’t think she should be bullied into this scenario where the he said/she said, where many members of the committee have already made up their mind without the benefit of an FBI investigation where it’s nonpartisan and objective and without the benefit of corroborating witnesses being able to testify. It’s a sham hearing. And I -- I don’t think she should participate in it.

ACOSTA: OK, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Thank you very much for joining us. We appreciate it. Good talking to you.

GILLIBRAND: Thank you.

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