Graham comes out swinging in defense of Kavanaugh: ‘Why don’t we dunk him in water and see if he floats’

Sen. Lindsey Graham has seen the results of the FBI background investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Brett Kavanaugh and he is “ready to vote.”

The South Carolina Republican, who famously gave a passionate defense of the Supreme Court nominee in last week’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing while slamming his colleagues, has had enough of the despicable treatment of Kavanaugh.


“You’ve humiliated this guy enough,” he said as reporters swarmed him on Capitol Hill Thursday. “Why don’t we dunk him in water and see if he floats?”

“The bottom line here is a process. No Democrat except one, maybe two, are going to vote for Brett Kavanaugh. Most all Democrats had made up their mind.” Graham told reporters, reiterating that Democrats will never be satisfied until they delay past the mid-terms.

“That’s the goal. It is not about the truth,” Graham said, noting the completed supplemental background check by the FBI that found nothing new.

“If you don’t believe he is a gang rapist, if you don’t believe he is a stumbling, bumbling drunk serial sexual predator, maybe you will believe he lied about how much he drank in high school, that he threw ice at a party – excuse me — in a bar, or he doesn’t have the temperament, that he didn’t handle being destroyed well. Enough. Enough already.”

Graham elaborated on the FBI report, which he called “complete,” adding that the Senators requesting the seventh investigation got what they asked for.

“It’s a complete report. It’s a background check. I’m confident the FBI did a good job. They were not hindered in any way. The focus of the background check was on credible allegations before the committee,” he said. “The senators who requested the supplemental FBI background check got what they requested, and I am ready to vote.”

“I’m confident that the supplemental FBI background check was done professionally, was done without interference, and it validated — it validated in my view, where we are,” he continued, adding that reporters should ask other senators directly what their take is on the FBI’s final report.

“A hundred and fifty plus people have been interviewed over a 20-something year period. I have personally known him for 20 years, not a close friend, but a professional relationship,” Graham said of the federal judge. “The Brett Kavanaugh that I knew before the committee is the Brett Kavanaugh I know now, the only difference is an effort to ruin this man’s life. I am ready to vote.”

But while Republicans gear up to vote – and fight for those votes – Democrats like Sen. Dianne Feinstein are scrambling to move the goal posts yet again.


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