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‘Rules Are Off,’ Kavanaugh ‘Guilty’ Because ‘He Is a White Man,’ Dershowitz Says

But when 'shoe is on the other foot,' as with Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison, sexual assault allegations are ignored

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Any conservative white man Democrats accuse of sexual offenses is automatically viewed as “guilty because he is a white man,” Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz (pictured above) said Monday on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”

“Imagine if the situation were different? Imagine if a liberal Democrat president had appointed the first Muslim-American to the Supreme Court, and somebody said, ‘Oh, yeah, I remember he was a terrorist when he was 17.’ The ACLU would be all over this case, saying, ‘No, you can’t presume guilt of terrorism,'” Dershowitz said.

“But when the shoe is on the other foot — when it is a white man being accused by the Left of sexual offenses — all the rules are called off. The rules of presumption of innocence. The rules of due process. ‘We know he is guilty because he is a white man, she’s a woman, she is a survivor.’ That’s the end of the inquiry,” he continued.

Dershowitz was reacting to the Left’s willingness to believe unequivocally three women accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting them more than three decades ago in high school or college.

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Christine Blasey Ford claimed that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her 36 years ago during a high school gathering in suburban Maryland. Two other women, Deborah Ramirez and Julie Swetnick, also came forward in the days following Ford’s September 16 accusation, but their allegations are also largely uncorroborated.

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Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who received Ford’s allegations in July, did nothing publicly with them until shortly before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary was scheduled to vote on moving Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate for a final confirmation debate and vote.

An emotional Ford and a passionate Kavanaugh — who has denied all of the allegations against him — testified Thursday before the committee. Both of their testimonies were widely viewed as “credible.”

Although the retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), who is one of President Donald Trump’s harshest GOP critics, declared his support for Kavanaugh early Friday, he succumbed to pressure from Democrats on the committee who were calling for an FBI investigation.

Flake ultimately voted for moving the nomination to the full Senate on the condition that GOP leaders agree to a one-week delay for the FBI to conduct an investigation, “limited in time and scope,” into the allegations. Kavanaugh has already undergone six FBI background investigations during his decades of public service.

“But when the shoe is on the other foot — when it is a white man being accused by the Left of sexual offenses — all the rules are called off.”

Dershowitz pointed to the marked contrast between the treatment of Kavanaugh’s accusers and that of those accusing Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) of physically abusing them. When an ex-girlfriend of Ellison — the first Muslim to serve in the U.S. Congress when he was elected in 2007 —  came forward publicly and accused him of domestic violence in August, Democrats remained markedly silent and largely ignored the allegations. Ellison is also deputy chair of the Democratic National Committee.

During the final days of Ellison’s Democratic attorney general primary fight in Minnesota, the son of ex-girlfriend Karen Monahan accused the lawmaker in a lengthy Facebook post of domestic violence, claiming there was a video of Ellison “dragging my mama off the bed by her feet” and screaming at her.

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Monahan herself came forward publicly, shortly after that,  to corroborate her son’s allegations. Ellison denied those charges — and Democrats largely dismissed Monahan’s account.

Now that Congress and White House officials are allowing for an FBI investigation into the Kavanaugh allegations, Dershowitz urged FBI officials “to look particularly into the Swetnick affidavit produced by [lawyer] Michael Avenatti.”

“That is the most serious one. They are charging him with gang rape, standing on a line, waiting to rape women who have been drugged,” Dershowitz said. “I think it is so important to investigate that because if it turns out that was made up out of whole cloth, it puts the lie to the notion that you should believe all victims, that no women ever lie.”

Dershowitz, who is no fan of Avenatti’s, also suggested that FBI investigators “ought to go to Avenatti,” and that attorney “ought to waive any lawyer-client privilege, or to open all this up, let the FBI get into this, let the FBI find out what [Swetnick’s] original story was, whether it was changed as the result of coordination with him or with other people.”

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