(National Sentinel)Â Powerful: One of the highlights during yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings involving Christine Blasey Ford and Judge Brett Kavanaugh was Sen. Lindsey Graham’s powerful defense of the latter.
While signaling that he believesÂ something happened to Ford — who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assault in high school while classmate Mark Judge looked on — the South Carolina Republican made clear he believes the Supreme Court nominee when he denied thatÂ he was the one who committed the act.
His defense of Kavanaugh — and his disgust at Democrats for dragging Kavanaugh and his family through the mud — was epic:
Graham opend up about his defense of Kavanaugh during a later appearance onÂ Fox News‘ Sean Hannity program, calling it “one of the highlights” of his career.
â€œI donâ€™t think you ever had a more powerful moment in your career, and Iâ€™ve known you a long time,” Hannity said.
â€œWell, I just told the truth. This is not about finding the truth between Dr. Ford and Brett Kavanaugh. Itâ€™s about delaying the hearing to get past the midterms, hope they pick up the Senate and denying the seat to be filled by Donald Trump,” Graham said.
“Itâ€™s not about the FBI, and if you really wanted to know what the FBI thought about this, you would have come forward when [Democrats] first knew about it. Itâ€™s certainly not about protecting Dr. Ford,” he continued.
“The one thing I learned beyond any doubt today, any doubt, is they never intended to protect Dr. Ford. And everything I believed I knew about Brett Kavanaugh, I am more convinced than ever that he didnâ€™t do it, that heâ€™s the right guy to be on the court. That Ms. Ford has a problem and destroying Judge Kavanaughâ€™s life wonâ€™t fix her problem.â€
â€œSo Iâ€™m honored to help him,â€ Graham added. â€œIf I helped him today, itâ€™s one of the highlights of my career.â€
He said he told his “Republican colleages” that if they don’t confirm Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, the party does not “deserve to stay in power.” [We agree.]
Graham also made a plea to a few fellow Democrats whom he hoped would vote to confirm Kavanaugh — Democrats who are up for reelection in red states won easily by POTUS Donald Trump.
â€œTo my Democratic friends,â€ Graham said. â€œJoe Manchin, I like him a lot. Joe, you canâ€™t figure this out? Trump won by 40 points. Do you really believe that Brett Kavanaugh is a serial rapist? Do you believe any of this garbage?
“Iâ€™m sorry that Dr. Ford went through this. She shouldnâ€™t have had to go through it but Iâ€™m convinced beyond any shadow of a doubt that Brett Kavanaugh is not the man that they are trying to make him and this is all political. So,Â Joe, I hope you step up,” he added, theÂ Daily Caller reported.
â€œHeidi, I like you a lot,â€ Graham said, in reference to North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp. â€œJoe Donnelly, great guy. Why canâ€™t you talk about whether or not we met the burden here? If he had to prove he was innocent, he did it for me, but he didnâ€™t have to.â€
Graham said Republicans had an “upbeat” meeting following the hearings, but it’s still not certain all Republicans will vote to confirm. That includes retiring #NeverTrump RINO Jeff Flake from Arizona.
Graham, R-S.C., remained hopeful that Flake would confirm, adding he would be “broken-hearted” if he wasn’t.
â€œI would say, â€˜Jeff, it is tough,’â€ Graham said when asked about Flake. â€œI donâ€™t know what happened to Dr. Ford but Iâ€™ve been a lawyer all my life, I use to do this stuff for a living. You couldnâ€™t get a warrant. She canâ€™t tell you where it happened or what happened â€¦â€
â€œWhat I would tell Susan [Collins] is, if you are the way they say Brett is, you wouldnâ€™t have the life Brett has lived. You wouldnâ€™t have 65 women coming forward. You wouldnâ€™t have six FBI investigations that found nothing, you wouldnâ€™t be in this profile of a job. Heâ€™s been in the highest levels of government, a target for 26 years. He found out about it after the hearing was over, they knew about it and they sat on it, there is no corroboration. And the Michael Avenatti thing tells you where they are headed with him,” Graham continued, referencing the Maine Republican.
â€œIf we go to the floor of the Senate, weâ€™re going to pick up some Democrats,â€ said Graham. â€œLet me tell you this, if you live in these Trump states and you canâ€™t figure this out, good luck to you.â€
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