October 1, 2018

‘There are no rules. It’s politics’: Krewson on the Turmoil of the Kavanaugh Hearings

Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearings
Image: Livestream of the Supreme Court confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh

How will the U.S. Senate finally resolve allegations of sexual harassment against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh?

There’s no way to know. There aren’t any clear guidelines even though the Senate has had more than thirty years to prepare them.

That’s the perspective of DPE professor and Supreme Court specialist Christopher Krewson, who believes the U.S. Senate should have learned a long time ago, during the Clarence Thomas-Anita Hill controversy, that a mechanism was needed to respond to sexual harassment accusations.

But because they have never created a process, the Senate’s response to allegations against Kavanaugh is completely unknown.

“There’s no way for the accusers to systematically and orderly submit this information. There’s no way to really protect their anonymity. There are no procedures to tell senators how to deal with these issues,” says Krewson, a former managing editor of Constitutional Studies. “There are no rules. It’s politics.”

For more of his thoughts on the situation and the need to define the process, watch this video in the university’s “Garden View” series.