CNN Legal Analyst Blasts Democrat for 'Puzzling' and 'Unfair' Questions to Kavanaugh


California Sen. Kamala Harris grilled Judge Brett Kavanaugh for several minutes Wednesday night about whether he had talked with anyone from Kasowitz Benson Torres, a New York-based law firm which employs hundreds of attorneys.

“With all that you remember — you have an impeccable memory, you’ve been speaking about all sorts of things you remember — how can you not remember whether or not you had a conversation about Robert Mueller or his investigation with anyone at that law firm?” the Democrat senator asked.

“I’m just trying to think if I know anyone that works at that firm,” Kavanaugh replied.

“That’s not my question. My question is have you had a conversation with anyone at that firm about the investigation. It’s a specific investigation,” Harris, a former prosecutor, fired back.

“I would like to know the person you’re thinking of,” Kavanaugh said.

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“I think you’re thinking of someone and you don’t want to tell us,” the senator responded.

At this point, Republican Sen. Mike Lee interjected.

“If there are names he can be given of the lawyers to whom she’s referring I think that’s fine, but I think it’s unfair to suggest that an entire law firm should be imputed into the witness’ memory when he doesn’t know who works at the law firm,” Lee said.

Discussing the exchange on CNN on Thursday, Toobin agreed with Lee that Harris’ question seemed unfair.

“Well, it was certainly peculiar and frankly I was sympathetic to what Mike Lee was saying at the end there,” he said. “If Kamala Harris had a specific conversation that she was referring to that she wanted to ask him about, it seemed to me she should have asked ‘did you speak to John Doe from the Kasowitz law firm?’ or Jane Doe or more than one person.

“But just to ask generally ‘did you speak to someone’ — it’s a fairly large law firm, there are a couple hundred lawyers there — I found it puzzling,” Toobin added.

Do you think Harris’ question was fair?

“Now in fairness, this hearing is not over, and Kamala Harris has the opportunity follow up here, to produce more evidence, to ask questions in another round. But the questions in and of themselves I don’t think proved anything, and I thought were somewhat unfair to Brett Kavanaugh,” said the legal analyst.

Harris picked up the line of questioning again on Thursday at the confirmation hearing, but still did not offer a name.

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“I received reliable information that you had a conversation about the special counsel or his investigation with the law firm that has represented President Trump,” she said.

“I asked were you ever part of a conversation. I’m not asking what did you say,” Harris added. “I’m asking were you a party to a conversation that occurred regarding special counsel Mueller’s investigation? And a simple yes or no would suffice.”

“About his investigation,” Kavanaugh clarified. “And are you referring to a specific person?”

Harris repeatedly would not give a name only saying, “I’m referring to a specific subject and the specific person I’m referring to is you.”

Kavanaugh then responded, “The answer is no.”

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Randy DeSoto has written more than 3,000 articles for The Western Journal since he joined the company in 2015. He is a graduate of West Point and Regent University School of Law. He is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths" and screenwriter of the political documentary "I Want Your Money."
Randy DeSoto is the senior staff writer for The Western Journal. He wrote and was the assistant producer of the documentary film "I Want Your Money" about the perils of Big Government, comparing the presidencies of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama. Randy is the author of the book "We Hold These Truths," which addresses how leaders have appealed to beliefs found in the Declaration of Independence at defining moments in our nation's history. He has been published in several political sites and newspapers.

Randy graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point with a BS in political science and Regent University School of Law with a juris doctorate.
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