'I'm Really Upset': Graham Says Dems' Goal Was to Delay Filling of SCOTUS Seat Beyond Midterms
Following Christine Blasey Ford's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Lindsey Graham called out Democrats for employing "ambush" tactics in their handling of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's accuser.
Ford, a California professor, has accused Kavanaugh of forcing himself on her when they were both Maryland high school students in the early 1980s. Kavanaugh has emphatically denied the allegation, but Ford's sexual assault claim and several others have placed his confirmation in doubt.
Graham (R-S.C.) said he's "really upset" that Democrats knew about Ford's accusation in August, but they didn't bring it up during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings or reveal it to the committee so it could be immediately investigated.
He said Ford's claim that committee staff would not fly out to California to interview her is "a bunch of bull," and he believes Democrats are playing politics with the accusations against Kavanaugh ahead of November's midterm elections.
"Their goal -- not Mrs. Ford's goal -- is to lay this past the midterms, so they can win the Senate and never allow Trump to fill this seat," Graham said. "I believe that now more than ever."
He said he feels that Republicans on the committee were "ambushed" by Democrats, who were "lying in wait" to politicize the issue and turn the hearing into a spectacle.
"If you really believe we need an investigation of this, why didn't you tell us in August?" Graham said, when asked about Democrats' calls for the FBI to look into Kavanaugh's accusers' claims.
"This is all delay."
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