Many of us have always considered Lindsey Graham to be a little sheepish, and sleepy looking, but last week during the Kavanaugh testimony we saw a whole new man.
At the start of the Kavanaugh/Ford Senate hearing, the Democrats went after Brett Kavanaugh, and, honestly, things were starting to look a little bleak for the Republican side supporting him. But then, out of nowhere, Graham takes the floor back from the prosecutor they hired by the GOP to question Ford in front of the Judiciary Committee and unleashed a verbal lashing to the Democrats wha have been blasting Kavanaugh.
In the process, he made Corey Booker look a lot less Spartacus.
Evidently, that was just the start of Graham’s incredible tirade on Democrats who deserved to be called out for their smear campaign of this honorable man. Over the weekend Graham went after his Democratic counter-parts all over again, leaving no question that he disagrees with what is happening and is now going after them in a whole new way.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) announced Sunday that he plans a “full scale” investigation into who among his Democratic colleagues leaked Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s letter, accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault, to the Washington Post.
Graham appeared on ABC News’ “This Week” to discuss Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, and doubled down on harsh comments he made during his opportunity to question Kavanaugh, accusing Democrats of malfeasance, and implying that Dr. Ford was railroaded by operatives.
“We’re going to do a wholesale, full scale investigation of what I think was a despicableprocess to deter it from happening again,” Graham said.
“The FBI will do a supplemental background investigation, then I’m going to call for aninvestigation of what happened in this committee. Who betrayed Dr. Ford’s trust?” he continued. “Who in Feinstein’s office recommended Katz as a lawyer? Why did Ms. Ford not know that the committee was willing to go to California?”
Graham was referencing several odd statements made during her testimony Thursday.
Although Senate Judiciary Committee aides offered several options to Dr. Ford, allowing her to testify under oath near her home in California or in private, Dr. Ford seemed at a loss when asked why she chose to testify in D.C. in front of cameras. It seemed that Dr. Ford’s attorneys hadn’t told her she had a choice.
During her comments during Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) indicated that she did not reveal Dr. Ford’s letter, which listed out her allegations, to The Washington Post or The Intercept, and insisted that no one on her staff could have beenresponsible for the leak.
Graham is expected to follow through on his threats.
The are many things in Dr. Ford’s testimony that seemed suspect.
She was unclear on who was paying for her attorneys? When she said she was interviewing several different attornies, wouldn’t ask them what their retainer fee be a question in your interview?
In an article written by the New York Post, they pointed out a few more discrepancies.
Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Brett Kavanaugh are serious. She is accusing him of violent attempted rape. “I thought he might inadvertently kill me. He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing,” she told The Washington Post, recounting the alleged incident at a high school party “one summer in the early 1980s.”
But her story is also growing less believable by the day. Here are eight reasons why it’s hardly “anti-woman” for senators to question her account at Thursday’s hearing:
1) For starters, Ford still can’t recall basic details of what she says was the most traumatic event in her life. Not where the “assault” took place — she’s not sure whose house it was, or even what street it was on. Nor when — she’s not even sure of the year, let alone the day and month.
Ford’s not certain how old she was or what grade she was in when she says an older student violently molested her. (But she doesn’t plead inebriation: She described having just “one beer” at the party.)
2) Ford concedes she told no one what happened to her at the time, not even her best friend or mother. That means she can rely on no contemporaneous witness to corroborate her story.
3) Worse, the four other people she identified as attending the party, including Kavanaugh, all deny knowledge of the gathering in question, including Leland Ingham Keyser, who she calls a “lifelong friend.”
Keyser’s lawyer told the Senate Judiciary Committee: “Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with or without Dr. Ford.”
The other two potential witnesses — Mark Judge and Patrick “P.J.” Smyth — also deny any recollection of attending such a party. The committee took their sworn statements “underpenalty of perjury.” “These witnesses directly contradict Professor Ford’s allegations against Judge Kavanaugh,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley advised Ford’s attorneys last week.
In her original letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Ford claimed that Kavanaugh talked to Keyser and Smyth right after he assaulted her. Yet neither shares her memory.
Either way, by the end of this week we will know a few more pieces to the puzzle. So hold on it’s going to be a wild ride.