Sen. Brown rips Elizabeth Warren over Native American claim
Legal panel weighs in
- Duration 5:49
- Date Sep 21, 2012
Legal panel weighs in
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Kelly scored that possession on the docket today a heated debate in one of the most closely watched senate races in the country.
Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts facing off with his democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren last night.
And he -- after her over an issue that has made headlines in this race.
When it came out that she claimed it came out in the spring that she claimed it native American status.
-- certain academic documents in the past.
Based on the fact -- her great great great grandmother may or may not be part Cherokee.
But she refuses to produce her admission records watch this.
Professor Warren claim that she was a native American a person of color as you can see she's not.
That being said she checked the box and she had an opportunity actually to make a decision throw her career when she applied to Penn and Harvard.
She checked the box claiming she was a native American.
And you know clearly she's not.
That being said I don't know and neither do the viewers know whether in fact she got ahead as a result of that.
Checking of the box but the only way that will be able to find that out -- to.
Is to have her release -- personal records have Harvard -- their personal records had to make sure that she did not have an advantage that others.
Were entitled to.
Warning contained -- she has all along that she was told growing up that she was part Cherokee and part Delaware Indian.
You know when I was growing up -- of the stories I knew about my heritage.
I believe my mother.
And my father and my -- and my uncles but you know I never used it never used it for getting into college never used it for getting into law school.
And the people who have hired me for my jobs have all made clear they even know about it until long after I was hired.
Now the head of the GOP in Massachusetts.
Has accused her of academic fraud and has asked Harvard where she's a professor.
To conduct an investigation and produce the records it hasn't yet happened.
Turning now to discuss it just -- or former prosecutor and defense attorney mark Chrysler's former prosecutor now defense -- as well.
So there's that there's that hanging out there that she's been accused of academic fraud and you can see Scott Brown has not letting go of this demanding that.
The voters of Massachusetts not take her word for it not have to take her -- for a but actually -- the records and John his question was if there's nothing to hide.
In terms of you applying.
As a Caucasian as opposed to a person of native American status which would give her -- a leg up on the admission process then why does she produce the documents.
Yet and that's a great question because if she did quote unquote checked the box how -- -- sit there and say that she never used it.
To get ahead in fact I think when she was a professor at Harvard they sort of -- out as the diversity poster child -- and then that they.
Issue is part of a diversity program and they brought her and because of her native American status so I don't know how you can say that she never used it -- And it's -- if for only evidence of being native American is quote family -- -- That's not enough.
-- Well it's enough for her to death that she was told you need to get a DNA test before you represented something typically when your parents tell you something like.
I -- large is Russian you go around telling people -- Russian it's that you find out from the other parent that's actually polish Seattle I did that -- -- -- -- aren't that different in a lot of different -- try it and.
But is different if it if that what they told you are isn't minority recognize minority in the country that would get a leg up on and it in in the admonition that Friday -- -- -- use that again.
It's the same in that she relied upon her mother's word and based on that she checked a box what she's saying is.
That's what she believed that she was so end -- story -- is a record that's gonna show that she told someone that she knew that she wasn't.
Native American when she said.
That was that's a test -- -- have a good faith belief that I am actually.
You know African American.
And I've been told that I have you know a lot of African American bloodied my family.
I have no obligation to investigated before I go and apply for admission to Harvard Law School did you say I am I I get minority status.
It if you did that and checked the box.
Nobody gonna give you a leg up is nobody's gonna believe it's not enough I think -- -- directed admitted making -- to get it to Disneyland for free that's not enough.
And that's and that's basically what she did a great grandmother said that she was related to -- -- was related to.
That is not -- up when you're going to put yourself out there.
As they a professional as a law student and now as somebody who want to be senator that is certainly not an up and there's a way to prove whether or not he's actually a native American and I say.
You know -- -- she's said mark that says that I think is Charles fried who is.
Republican has come out and -- at least I think -- that Scott Brown first -- come on said he's at Harvard said.
What we didn't use it it wasn't part of the reason that we admitted her.
But that's one guy and Scott Brown saying let's see all the records and -- not the only institution at which you -- professor so let's see it off.
There's two issues here.
One is whether she intended to defraud which is what they're alleging which is the only issue in my opinion that -- -- on the selection the other thing is.
By her inadvertently checking the box out -- maybe she really is that maybe this is still true but her inadvertently.
Did that somehow benefit her and that's possible but her hands would have been clean at that point John -- once what the DNA test every time your parents represents.
Didn't I didn't demo box that you would I.
-- -- had a mother like -- and I said.
-- -- -- -- -- -- Mom on her.
Always had high cheekbones and that those are the ones who told.
And a day ago right is that hasek -- to believe your parents.
-- I had no reason to doubt the claims of Irish ancestry get my baby's skin but I got Italy at that thank you we'll see what happens.