- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Hillary Clinton stressed the importance of due process after MSNBC host Rachel Maddow compared the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the multiple allegations former President Bill Clinton faced while in office.

Mrs. Clinton said the FBI should investigate the sexual assault allegation against Mr. Kavanaugh brought forth by Christine Blasey Ford, who said Mr. Kavanaugh tried to rape her at a party when they were in high school more than 30 years ago. Ms. Ford’s attorneys have said she would not speak to the Senate Judiciary Committee until the FBI investigated the alleged 1982 incident.

President Trump has joined Republicans in arguing that the allegation is not an FBI matter. Mrs. Clinton, an outspoken critic of the president and Mr. Kavanaugh, disagreed, asserting that Ms. Ford’s request was “reasonable.”

“I don’t think it would be a lengthy investigation,” she said Tuesday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

“I think it could be done in an expeditious manner,” she added. “They could postpone for two weeks and probably get a lot more information than they have now.”

Ms. Maddow then recalled the sex scandals that Mr. Clinton faced during his presidency, asking his wife whether the accused deserved due process.

“I know that you had concerns at the time, your husband certainly had concerns at the time that he never really had due process to defend himself from allegations like this,” the liberal news host said. “Have we learned anything over the years about due process, not just for the accusers, but also for the accused?”

Mrs. Clinton responded, “I think that you have to take each of these situations sort of on their own merits.

“What we have today is a process that has been rushed, that has been deliberately opaque where information that the Congress, not just Democratic senators, but all senators and the public deserve to see that they were denied.”

“So there has to be a set of standards,” she continued. “And, yes, there should be due process for everyone involved. And I think that’s what Dr. Ford is asking for. She’s asking for due process. She’s asking that there be an investigation. You know, at the end of the investigation, she might very well decide not to pursue her willingness to testify. She might say, well, you know, there’s no way to ever prove it. Who knows what she might decide.

“On the other hand, the person she’s accusing might decide ‘Well, wait a minute, my memory is faulty, or I don’t remember that, and now there’s been evidence for it.’ We don’t know because there has been no decision to give due process on either side,” Mrs. Clinton said.

One of her husband’s accusers, Juanita Broaddrick, fired back at the former first lady on Twitter, saying she was silenced by the Clintons, maligned by the media and was never afforded the federal investigation she thinks she deserved.

Ms. Broaddrick, an ardent Trump supporter, claims there’s a “double standard” in the media and the #MeToo movement that ignores and dismisses allegations brought against powerful Democrats.

“The Me Too movement has never accepted the Clinton survivors of the sexual assault,” she told The Daily Caller this week. “They have never acknowledged me or Kathleen Willey or Paula Jones. They want nothing to do with us.”

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