Tensions over the latest events surrounding the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh erupted on the set of Fox News’ “The Five” following news of an FBI investigation.
Hosts Jesse Watters and Greg Gutfeld slammed the latest developments as a stall tactic, following the Senate Judiciary Committee’s vote Friday to advance Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Senate floor while Sen. Jeff Flake called for a delay pending yet another FBI investigation, this time focusing on the decades-old sexual assault allegations brought against the judge.
“One more week, what could happen?” Watters said as news came that President Trump ordered the FBI to investigate Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations. “You could have more women come forward… and how do we know that the lawyers for Ford aren’t going to play games?”
Geraldo Rivera attempted to shut down his co-hosts.
“I don’t think that’s the risk, I think the risk is the investigation itself,” he said. “Once it gets going, no one can stop it.”
Katie Pavlich questioned the need for the FBI to interview those named by Ford when they had already provided statements which, while not contradicting the accuser, asserted that they had no memory of the decades-old party or the incident in which Ford alleged Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her.
“They have already given sworn statements to Congressional investigators,” she said. “When the FBI asks them the same question, they’re already in a position where they are under oath saying it didn’t happen, so the questions will be the same and the answers will be the same.”
Rivera pushed back, claiming that Kavanugh’s statements made before the Senate Judiciary Committee could now be highlighted and exposed in an FBI investigation. He played out a mock scenario of questioning to make his point.
This set off the co-hosts who all began speaking at once.
“You’re assuming Brett Kavanaugh lied!” Watters exclaimed.
“The pro-choice forces in this country are elated today. The pro-life forces in this country are running scared,” Rivera declared. “This has thrown what seemed like the slam-dunk into total disarray.”
“How do you know that?” Gutfeld shouted as his shocked co-hosts interjected.
“Anything can happen now,” Rivera said.
“I would be worried that he’s gonna crack in the next week,” Rivera declared, speaking of the pressure that Kavanaugh has been under and arguing that another FBI investigation will take a serious toll on the judge.
“I don’t know if it matters what you feel at this point, because the process is a sham,” Gutfeld said.
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