Democratic Sen.Diane Feinstein knew about the allegations from Dr. Christine Blasey Ford as far back as July. Despite this, she never uttered a word about it until the 11th hour when it appeared Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh would be confirmed.
As Republican senators Lindsey Graham and Orrin Hatch pointed out Thursday, Feinstein could have asked Kavanaugh about the allegations privately or publicly. She did neither.
That and a number of other issues have lead many to believe that the allegations against Kavanaugh are political maneuvering by the Democrats, who are still furious over President Donald Trump’s victory over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and that Senate Republicans would not hold a confirmation hearing for Merrick Garland, the Supreme Court nominee put forth by President Barack Obama in 2016 following the death of Justice Antonin Scalia.
Graham and Hatch stood up for Kavanaugh against what the Democrats have been saying and doing throughout the confirmation process. Graham reminded Democrats he and other Republican senators voted for Obama SCOTUS nominees Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagen because of their judicial qualities.
“I would never do to them what you’ve done to this guy,” Graham said of Kavanaugh. “This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics.”
.@LindseyGrahamSC : "When you see Sotomayor and Kagan, tell them that Lindsey said hello cause I voted for them. 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." pic.twitter.com/0uLjUWS7O1
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) September 27, 2018
Hatch also took aim. He made a comparison to another time when Democrats went after a SCOTUS nominee Clarence Thomas. He was confirmed, despite those attacks.
“It’s worse than Clarence Thomas, and I didn’t think it could get any worse than that,” Hatch told Kavanaugh.
Sen. Orrin Hatch on the Brett Kavanaugh accusation and hearing: "It's worse than Clarence Thomas and I didn't think it could get any worse than that. This is a national disgrace the way you are being treated" https://t.co/9FalHY71EC pic.twitter.com/9Dl8LSE1zM
— CBS News (@CBSNews) September 27, 2018
Hatch also pointed out that Kavanaugh is not the man he has been portrayed to be by the left. The smear against him is, he said, a “national disgrace.”
— CBS Evening News (@CBSEveningNews) September 27, 2018
Graham also scolded the Democrats in regards to their behavior in trying to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation. “What you want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open and hope you win in 2020,” he said.
And he had stern words for any Republican senators thinking of voting against Kavanaugh.
“To my Republican colleagues, if you vote no, you’re legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics,” Graham said.
Kavanaugh had a similar warning for all members of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Such grotesque and obvious character assassination — if allowed to succeed — will dissuade competent and good people of all political persuasions from serving our country,” he said. “The consequences will extend long past my nomination. The consequences will be with us for decades.”
Although the vote regarding Kavanaugh’s confirmation was scheduled for Friday morning, according to The Associated Press, some GOP governors facing re-election in November have urged a delay. But as governors have no role in the confirmation process, that suggests some may be making statements merely to help deflect political attacks from their opponents.
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