Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.
Conservative media personalities are attacking calls by a bipartisan group of senators for the FBI to investigate allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh following Thursdayâs hearing with the nominee and Christine Blasey Ford, who testified that Kavanaugh attempted to rape her in the 1980s.
A day after Thursdayâs hearing, where Fordâs testimony was widely acknowledged asÂ âcredibleâÂ and KavanaughÂ misled the senatorsÂ in his own testimony, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to send Kavanaughâs nomination to the Senate floor for a final vote. Following some last-minute drama,Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) announced he was voting to send Kavanaugh’s nomination to the full Senate for a vote under the condition that the FBI spend up to a week investigating current allegations against the judge. Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)Â alsoÂ voiced supportÂ for Flakeâs call for a delay on the floor vote so that the FBI can investigate.
Conservative media personalities,Â a couple of whomÂ hadÂ smeared or discounted the women who reported sexual misconduct by Kavanaugh, quickly attacked the calls for the FBI investigation and called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to ignore the request and quickly hold a vote to confirm Kavanaugh:
Fox News hostÂ Sean Hannity:Â “NowÂ we need one more week, why so another 15 people can be brought up by Democratic operatives?”
Conservative authorÂ Ann Coulter:Â Investigation “surrenders advice & consent to corrupt FBI.”
NRA spokespersonÂ Dana Loesch: âBecause the seventh FBI background check will definitely do the trick.â
FoxNews.comâsÂ Stephen Miller:Â âIf you think Dems are going to hold on a one week FBI investigation deadline you’re absolutely bananas.â
Fox News contributorÂ Katie Pavlich: âMitch McConnell better veto this delay. Hold the vote.â
Conservative talk show hostÂ Erick Erickson: âGet ready — the Democrats are going to flood the zone. Kavanaugh will be a suspected serial killer by Friday.â
Fox News contributorÂ Lisa Boothe: âThis just means the Democrats and their friends in the media have more time to find and exploit unverified and unsubstantiated allegations against #JudgeKavanaugh.â
Conservative talk radio hostÂ Buck Sexton: âThere is nothing for the FBI to investigate. â¦ This is just rewarding the worst political behavior of my lifetime.â
The Daily WireâsÂ Ben Shapiro:Â âThis will satisfy no one, next week will be a complete tornado of crap, and weâll see you here next Friday!â
Conservative authorÂ David Limbaugh: âThis is not about due diligence but another delay designed to defeat Judge Kavanaughâs confirmation.â
Media Research CenterâsÂ Dan Gainor:Â âLiberals: We will keep investigating you until you are found guilty.â
Daily CallerâsÂ Benny Johnson: âWhy give the monster a cookie in the first place?â
MSNBC contributorÂ Hugh Hewitt:Â This is a âsham of a process.â
Hannity radio guest Jonathon Gilliam:Â “We do still have a realistic expectation thatÂ the deep state is part of the FBI”
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