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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has been a steadfastÂ attack dogÂ for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, said he doesnât think the FBI should investigate whether Kavanaugh lied under oath â and that Senate Democrats are the ones who should be investigated instead.
On Sunday morningâs edition of âThis Week,â host George Stephanopoulos asked Graham aboutÂ reportsÂ that the FBIâs newly reopened background investigation into Kavanaugh wonât include interviews with witnesses who remember seeing Kavanaugh frequently drinking to excess.
âIt appears that the FBI will not be questioning those college witnesses who contradict Brett Kavanaughâs testimony about his drinking,â Stephanopoulous said. âNow, isnât that relevant, givenÂ that there clearly was drinking going on, at least itâs alleged, at the party?â
âNo,â Graham replied.Â âI think youâre trying to portray him as a stumbling, bumbling, drunk gang rapist who, during high school and college, was Bill Cosby.â
Itâs shocking that Graham would so flatly deny the possible relevance of Kavanaughâs drinking habits.
The scope of that reopened FBI background investigation isÂ unclear, but as Stephanopoulos pointed out, Kavanaughâs drinking is extremely relevant. During hisÂ unhinged and belligerentÂ testimony under oath, KavanaughÂ repeatedly deniedÂ drinking heavily enough to have even partially lost memories of his actions.
But several of Kavanaughâs former classmatesÂ came forwardÂ last week to describe his excessive drinking in college â and one even used the word âstumbling.â Kavanaugh himself even boasted of his heavy drinking during a 2014Â speech, as well as in his own high school yearbook.
Questioning witnesses about Kavanaughâs drinking could provide support for Dr. Christine Blasey FordâsÂ testimony thatÂ a âvisibly drunkâ Kavanaugh tried to rape her. And it could also verify what already seems apparent: that Kavanaugh lied under oath about his drinking, amongÂ other things.
But instead of defending Kavanaugh based on the evidence, Graham chose to act outraged on Kavanaughâs behalf just because the allegations against him are so serious.
And instead of investigating whether Kavanaugh reallyÂ wasÂ a âstumbling, bumbling, drunk gang rapist,â Graham said he wants to investigate his Democratic colleagues on the Senate Judiciary Committee â who have done everything in their power to make sure that Christine Blasey Fordâs story could be heard andÂ properly investigatedÂ â for a dubious laundry list of alleged offenses related to Fordâs allegations being made public.
âWeâre going to do a wholesale, full-scale investigation of what I think was a despicable process to deter it from happening again,â Graham said.
Republicans on the Senate Judiciary CommitteeÂ voted unanimouslyÂ to advance Kavanaughâs nomination to the Supreme Court on Friday, but Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) joinedÂ Democratic calls forÂ an FBI investigation after two womenÂ confronted himÂ on an elevator with their own stories of surviving sexual assault.
Americans donât deserve a Supreme Court justice who routinely lies under oath â and they donât deserve senators who are willing to send a possible perjurer to sit on the highest court in the land.
Published with permission of The American Independent.Â