Sen. Amy Klobuchar, a former prosecutor, won’t say whether she believes there is enough evidence against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to move forward with prosecution.
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, Klobuchar dodged host Jake Tapper’s question on whether there was enough evidence presented by Christine Blasey Ford to charge Kavanaugh.
Tapper acknowledged that Rachel Mitchell, the prosecutor with experience in sexual assault cases who questioned both Ford and Kavanaugh last week, said there was not enough evidence from Ford to pursue prosecution.
“We know that the prosecutor the Republicans brought in, Miss Mitchell, has said that she would not have enough to take this case to even get a search warrant,” Tapper said. “Do you disagree with that assessment as a former prosecutor?”
Despite her firm opposition to Kavanaugh, Klobuchar avoided answering the question directly, instead claiming the case was not a criminal trial but rather a job interview.
“First of all, I want to make clear this isn’t a criminal trial,” Klobuchar said. “This wasn’t a criminal trial. This is a job interview.”
Klobuchar continued to avoid the question, saying many senators have already decided to vote against Kavanaugh’s nomination because of his “expansive view of presidential power” and that he was “handpicked by a president who has continually undermined the FBI.”
“What this is about is the dignity of the court, the dignity of the Senate, and get to the bottom of the facts,” Klobuchar said. “So, I have not looked at the evidence in that way because I haven’t been able to interview the witnesses that were there.”
Klobuchar added that she found Ford’s testimony “very compelling” and that “she answered the questions with grace and dignity.”
Klobuchar ended by praising Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) who she said made a “courageous move.”
“This is beneath the dignity of this country. This is dividing the country. Let’s have an impartial fact-finder,” Klobuchar added.
Watch the full interview below: