Lindsey Graham defends Kavanaugh in fiery, emotional speech


Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is animated in comments Thursday during a hearing with Judge Brett Kavanaugh in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill.

Graham was drawing on a frequent criticism from Republicans regarding how Ford's allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh became public.

Kavanaugh has strongly and categorically denied that he has ever committed sexual assault or sexual misconduct.

Republicans on Friday agreed to a delay in a Senate vote to allow for a limited FBI investigation, after a request by Arizona Sen.

Graham, speaking about his "yes" votes for Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, made clear he would "never do to them what you have done to this guy", rebuking the Democrats of their treatment of Kavanaugh.

The president later challenged reports that the FBI probe would be limited in how many accusers the agency would interview, tweeting, "NBC News incorrectly reported (as usual) that I was limiting the FBI investigation of Judge Kavanaugh, and witnesses, only to certain people".

Enter Graham, who said that if Democrats truly wanted an FBI investigation, they could have spoken up when Democratic Sen.

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"Boy, y'all want power".

"Judge Kavanaugh asked to be heard to clear his good name and speak directly to the American people, and he did so forcefully yesterday".

In her tweet, Swirling wrote that if Graham "had paused to talk with me, instead of rushing into the elevator, I'd have told him the cops can't do anything about it now, but that doesn't make it any less true and doesn't make me any less credible".

"I think he's highly qualified", Graham asserted. "God, I hope you never get it!" a sneering Graham shouted at Democrats, his face growing red. He managed a smile when Graham asked if he considered the confirmation process to be like a job interview.

Supreme court nominee Brett Kavanaugh testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 27, 2018.

"They don't reach conclusions, you reach conclusions", Kavanaugh said, adding that what the Federal Bureau of Investigation would essentially do was "ask question and type out the report".