Lindsey Graham on What 'Sealed it' for Him in Disbelieving Latest Accuser

Posted: Sep 27, 2018 9:35 AM
Lindsey Graham on What 'Sealed it' for Him in Disbelieving Latest Accuser

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has several questions for Christine Blasey Ford, who is accusing Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault. The alleged incident happened 36 years ago at a high school party, but the details are hazy. Two other women came forward to accuse Kavanaugh of inappropriate sexual behavior. The third accuser, Julie Swetnick, says Kavanaugh was present at parties where girls were drugged and raped. In an interview with "Fox & Friends," Graham cast doubt on the accusation.

"Why would you go back to the second party," if you knew girls were being drugged and raped, Graham wondered. "Why did you keep hanging around that crowd?" 

"I don't buy this," Graham added. A "reasonable person" would not go to a party where people are being drugged and raped and not tell anyone. 

"This makes zero sense," he said. "Why didn't she inform her girlfriends?"

The thing that "seals it" for the senator, however, is that Kavanaugh says he doesn't even know Swetnick. "I believe him." 

"If you’re a serial rapist, it sticks with you the rest of your life," Graham said. By contrast, Kavanaugh is "a good man" and he gives the latest accusation "zero credibility."   

Graham rejects his colleagues assertions that Kavanaugh needs to prove his innocence. Sen. Chris Coons (D-and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, for instance, say there's no presumption of innocence.

Democrats like Coons are "willing to ruin his life because he's a Trump nominee," Graham concluded. "The accusation doesn't need to be corroborated, it just needs to be made." 

They are "destroying" his life with an accusation that "is not specific to time, place, or corroboration." 

"His life rejects these allegations," Graham said. Kavanaugh "doesn't have to prove to me he was not at a party 35 years ago." Ford, however, "has to prove me there is credibility beyond the allegation."

Graham implored his colleagues not to abandon Kavanaugh. He wants to see Republicans fight back. If they don't, they "deserve" to be abandoned by voters.