The Surreal Kavanaugh Hearing, Summed Up in 25 Photos

Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina and Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, and Republican Missouri Senate candidate and Attorney General Josh Hawley have called for an investigation into the leak and Feinstein and her office particularly. "Boy, you all want power", he said to the Democrats. Because I got here the same way anyone else did, " said Graham before going on a long tirade. Republicans assigned a female prosecutor to question Ford on their behalf, even though "she's not on trial", Gillibrand said. It contains mildly objectionable language.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said Friday it is more likely that he will become a professional basketball player than it is that Brett Kavanaugh will be convicted of sexual assault.

"I didn't think it could get any worse than that", the veteran lawmaker told Kavanaugh.

Graham had a message for Republicans on the panel as well, saying, "To my Republican colleagues, if you vote "no", you're legitimizing the most despicable thing that I have seen in my time in politics". Blasey Ford's letter was not classified, so any disclosure of it would not require authorization.

During Thursday's hearing, the senator lost his temper as he defended Kavanaugh amid accusations of sexual assault.

Graham's rebuttal came after Kavanaugh refused to endorse halting the review of his nomination so the FBI can investigate the allegations made by Blasey Ford and two other women.

Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA), who was also present for the interview, appeared to take a more open-minded stance toward the federal probe, stating that his support for Kavanaugh could waiver depending on what investigators find.

Kavanaugh's mention of the Clintons was apparently a reference to when in the 1990s he worked for Ken Starr while Starr was an independent counsel investigating President Bill Clinton and business dealings of Bill and Hillary Clinton.


"But let me tell my Democratic friends: If this is the new norm, you better watch out for your nominees".

Sen. Dianne Feinstein's deceptions have been catching up to her, and lately the California Democrat's been repeatedly called on them.

Kathleen Hall Jamieson, communications professor and director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania, said some of Kavanaugh's statements "were more consistent with one's expectations of a partisan than a judge or prospective associate justice of the Supreme Court".

Graham has strongly questioned the credibility of the allegations against Kavanaugh.

"From the moment I received Dr. Ford's letter my actions have been consistent with her wishes", feinstein wrote. Boot described Kavanaugh's testimony as "evasive and deceptive", arguing that his anti-Democrat comments at the hearing "reflected a conspiratorial mindset".

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

Nevertheless, she added, "I don't expect Judge Kavanaugh or Jake Tapper or Jeff Flake or anybody to be held responsible for that".


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