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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) gave an impassioned speech during Thursday’s Senate hearing on sexual assault allegations surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.
After reading a quote from New York Sen. Chuck Schumer’s Twitter, in which the Democratic senator had said, hours after Kavanaugh’s nomination by President Donald Trump, that he would oppose the nomination “with everything I have,” Graham addressed Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who had originally received the allegation of sexual assault from accuser Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and sat on it for weeks.
“If you wanted an FBI investigation, you could have come to us. What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open and hope you win in 2020. You’ve said that! Not me!” Graham said.
He went on to vehemently chastise the Democratic senators: “I would never do to them what you’ve done to this guy. This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics. If you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn’t have done what you did to this guy.
“Boy, you all want power. I hope you never get it,” Graham said, shaking his head. “I hope the American people can see through this sham — that you knew about it and you held it. You had no intention of protecting Dr. Ford. None! She’s as much of a victim as you are,” he said, pointing to Kavanaugh.
The senator went on to say, “I hate to say it, because these have been my friends, but let me tell you when it comes to this, if you’re looking for a fair process, you came to the wrong town at the wrong time.”
Graham told Kavanaugh that the process of his confirmation and the ensuing hearings and sexual assault controversy were “not a job interview, this is hell.”
Specifically calling out the focus on the content presented from Kavanaugh’s high school yearbook, Graham said, “You have interacted with professional women all your life — not one accusation. You’re supposed to be Bill Cosby when you’re a junior and senior in high school and then, all of a sudden, you got over it?!”
After Graham had finished speaking, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to Twitter to support the Senator: “@LindseyGrahamSC has more decency and courage than every Democrat member of the committee combined. God bless him.”
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