Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Fox News Monday evening that he considers NBC a “co-conspirator” in the “destruction” of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanuagh due to the way in which they’ve been covering the allegations against him.
Sen. Graham discussed the third accuser Julie Swetnick’s sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh. During an NBC interview earlier Monday evening, Swetnick walked back some of the accusations in her sworn statement against Kavanaugh, raising serious questions about her credibility.
She initially accused him of being part of a group of high school guys that spiked the punch at parties and gang raped girls.
Graham pointed out that NBC had eagerly run a fourth, totally anonymous allegation against Kavanaugh that was leaked by Democrats.
"Well NBC – here’s the biggest offense to me, they’ve been a co-conspirator in the destruction of Kavanaugh from my point of view,” Graham said. “There was an anonymous letter received by Cory Gardner, the senator from Colorado, with no return address, no information, just a letter, accusing Brett Kavanaugh of assaulting somebody in a restaurant in 1998 in Colorado. Cory hands it to the committee, somebody on the democratic side leaked that letter."
“It got on the NBC Nightly News the fourth allegation,” he continued. “Do you think they would’ve done that…do you think NBC would’ve done that if it had been a Democratic male nominee?”
Graham concluded that NBC’s integrity had taken a hit over their reporting on these allegations.
“All I can say is their journalistic integrity has been destroyed over this case, regarding this case,” he said.
An FBI probe is underway over Dr. Christine Blasey Ford's allegations that Kavanuagh groped her and pinned her down while he was drunk at a party in high school. Kavanaugh fully denies those allegations and the witnesses she initially claimed were present have no memory of such an incident.
During his testimony Thursday, Graham defended Kavanaugh, torching Democrats for the way in which they've handled these allegations.