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Gillibrand: Kavanaugh “Guilty Until Proven Innocent”

Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) reached a new low in political stupidity when she suggested that SCOTUS nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh does not deserve “the presumption of innocence until proven guilty” because “due process” does not apply in the court of public opinion. “To those who I hear say, over and over, this isn’t fair to Judge Kavanaugh, he’s entitled to due process. What about the presumption of innocence until proven guilty? . . . Those are the standards in criminal justice. We are not having a trial. This is not a court.” On that point, she’s right: they aren’t seeking to convict or jail him. Rather they’re merely debating his fitness for the very court charged with guaranteeing due process. Can you say “irony”?

Here’s more from PJ Media…

On Wednesday, Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) suggested that Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh does not deserve “the presumption of innocence until proven guilty” because the Senate confirmation is not a criminal trial. Convicting someone in the court of public opinion, ruining his reputation and his career, cannot be restrained by “due process.”

“To those who I hear say, over and over, this isn’t fair to Judge Kavanaugh, he’s entitled to due process. What about the presumption of innocence until proven guilty? Dr. Blasey Ford has to prove her case beyond reasonable doubt,” Gillibrand said, paraphrasing the arguments of people who think Kavanaugh deserves a fair shake. She then attempted to shoot down these arguments.

“Those are the standards for a trial,” the senator declared. “Those are the standards in criminal justice. We are not having a trial. This is not a court.”

“He’s not entitled to those because we’re not actually seeking to convict him or put him in jail,” Gillibrand argued. “We are seeking the truth. We are seeking facts. We are seeking just what happened.”

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