Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) fired off a threat to Democrats over their unfair treatment of Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the nominee to the Supreme Court, at hearings Thursday.
‘You better watch out for your nominees!’
Graham was speaking to reporters about the hearings when he warned Democrats about what they might face if the treatment of Kavanaugh became the norm for nominees.
“Let me put it this way to my Republican colleagues,” Graham said, “if this becomes the new standard, where you have an accusation for weeks, you drop it right before the hearing, you withhold from the committee a chance to do this in a professional, timely fashion.
“When they publicly say that their goal is to delay the vote, get the Senate back in 2018, to make sure he can’t fill the seat, they’re publicly saying that,” he added.
“I don’t want to reward that kind of behavior,” he explained, “I think we’ve been very fair. And to my Republican colleagues, if you can ignore everything in this record, look at an allegation that is 35 years old, that is uncertain in time, place, date, and no corroboration, if that’s enough for you, God help us all as Republicans because this happens to us, it never happens to them.”
“But let me tell this to my Democratic friends,” he warned, “if this is the new norm, you better watch out for your nominees!”
Here’s the video of Graham’s warning to Democrats:
‘God help anybody else who gets nominated!’
Graham decried the actions of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and castigated the Democrats for what he saw as a political farce during the hearings later before reporters as well.
“Here’s what I’m more convinced of — the friends on the other side set it up to be just the way it is,” Graham said. “I feel ambushed as the majority!
“When it comes where it happened, I still don’t know. I don’t know when it happened, she says she’s a hundred percent certain it did happen. I bet you Judge Kavanaugh will say ‘I’m a hundred percent sure I didn’t do it,'” he explained. “The people named say they don’t know what Ms. Ford’s talking about. She can’t tell us how she got home and how she got there. And that’s the facts I’m left with — a nice lady, who has come forth to tell us a hard story that is uncorroborated.”
“And this is enough! God help anybody else who gets nominated!” he concluded.”Based on what I heard today, you could not get a search warrant or an arrest warrant, cause you don’t know the location, you don’t know the time, and you don’t have any corroboration.”
Here’s the video of Graham’s comments:
Republicans have scheduled a vote on Kavanaugh’s confirmation Friday, much to the consternation of Democrats.