Sen. Graham Blasts NBC for Julie Swetnick Interview, Coverage of Kavanaugh Allegations
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) criticized MSNBC for airing an interview with Julie Swetnick in which she laid out her uncorroborated allegations involving Brett Kavanaugh.
In the interview with reporter Kate Snow -- who said NBC News could not "independently verify" the claims -- Swetnick alleged Kavanaugh "pawed" at girls while at high school parties, but she stopped short of claiming that he drugged or sexually assaulted her or other women.
Graham said NBC News has been a "co-conspirator in the destruction of Kavanaugh" and has "destroyed their journalistic integrity" with their biased coverage. He also criticized NBC News for reporting an anonymous allegation that Kavanaugh assaulted a person in a restaurant in 1999.
"Do you think NBC would have done that if it had been a male, Democratic nominee?" he asked, alleging that a Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee leaked the accuser's letter to NBC after Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) disclosed it to members.
Graham said that he is confident Kavanaugh will have the votes to be confirmed later this week in the Senate.
He said that Sen. Jeff Flake voted 'yea' in the committee with the understanding the FBI would probe the three witnesses mentioned by accuser Christine Blasey Ford.
Graham said those three people were Kavanaugh's boyhood friends "P.J.", Leland Keyser and Mark Judge.
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Sean Hannity asked if Graham is confident Flake and two other moderate Republicans -- Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Susan Collins of Maine -- will vote to confirm Kavanaugh.
Graham said Murkowski agreed with the call for the FBI to "check the committee's homework" and that she and Collins will likely be satisfied once the FBI submits their report to the Senate.
He said that Flake too will join the rest of the Republican caucus in voting 'yea' in the final tally.
Graham said that if Kavanaugh fails to be confirmed, President Trump should "re-nominate" him and allow the voters to decide through the midterm elections whether they want a senator who approves or disapproves of Kavanaugh.