The FBI is looking into sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh that date from his time in high school and college in the early 1980s. Agents already have interviewed one of Kavanaugh's three accusers amid bickering among lawmakers over whether the bureau would be able to complete a full and fair investigation in the allotted time.
Contributing Editor At National Review and Fox News Contributor Andrew McCarthy joined Fox News Radio's Guy Benson and Marie Harf to give his take on the week delay for an FBI investigation into the allegations against Judge Kavanaugh.
On how he evaluates Jeff Flake: I sympathize with anyone who says President Trump's manner is off putting, especially to people that kind of do what we do and inhabit this world. On the other hand, I've had to sort of deal with it. He's the president and he's gonna be the president and if I don't like him on Twitter it doesn't make any difference because you know 63 million people decided to elect him and he's going to be the president for at least four years. I think sometimes a lot of his opposition is a little bit prissy about -- is so off put by his manner that they're not willing to come to grips with that he is the president, he's going to be the president and we have to deal. I think Senator Flake falls clearly into that category. He's gotten to a point where I think he doesn't have an effective working relationship with the president and the administration. (2:20)
On if Kavanaugh went too far in his anger Thursday: I must say, I'm not there. In my mind there is a lot of unattractive of the human character. A lot of things we do where if we could be perfectly objective and totally unemotional we'd be unhappy with. Not to go all college philosophy, but Aristotle tells us that when something is a part of our character and a part of our reality we ask what it's for. We don't say that it's bad. If being furious is part of our character we have that attribute because it's useful for something. I think in this instance it was called for... I though his opening statement, which ran for almost an hour, got him back in the game. I mean I know that everybody's talking about Lindsay Graham's speech and it was something of a barn burner, for sure, but I think if Kavanaugh had not being giving the opening statement he gave we would not even be talking about Lindsay Graham. (4:22)
On what could make him change his mind: If it emerged that he gave false testimony about something that was critically important, sure. And if it turned out that there was anything to these allegations, at the moment I think they seem to be disintegrating, but obviously if there was something to them then he not only shouldn't be on the Supreme Court he shouldn't be a federal judge. I don't expect that to happen. (8:25)
On Rachel Mitchell's analysis: I read the memo. I agree with her analysis, but what really annoys me about it is that I think that America was riveted to this testimony, what turned out to be a television event on Thursday. I think having just done this for a living it seems to me that she was conducting this hearing, which was much more like a very contentious hearing or a trial, she was conducting it as if she was taking a deposition. (10:47)