The Surreal Kavanaugh Hearing, Summed Up in 25 Photos

01 October, 2018, 22:14 | Author: Emmett Rice
  • This image released by the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday Sept. 26 2018 in Washington shows Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh's calendar from the Summer of 1982

Jabbing his finger at Democrats sitting across the dais, the South Carolina Republican said they had made clear from the start that they would use any tactics to derail Judge Kavanaugh's confirmation, and they have lived up to that dark promise. "I said going into the hearing, I said, I've talked to Judge Kavanaugh".

Kavanaugh, who showed a faint smile during the chairman's rebuke, refused to directly answer the question, reiterating that he is innocent and welcomes "whatever the committee wants to do because I'm telling the truth". "You came to the wrong town at the wrong time", Graham said. "I don't see anything new changing".

During Thursday's hearing, senators have had the option to hand off their questioning to Rachel Mitchell, a career prosecutor with decades of experience prosecuting sex crimes.

Ordinary people - especially women - should be throwing "temper tantrums", as Arroyo calls it, in such demeaning, sexist language.

"This is the most unethical sham since I've been in politics", Graham said as Kavanaugh testified over his sexual misconduct accusations. Boy, I hope you never get it. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweeted: "LindseyGrahamSC has more decency and courage than every Democrat member of the committee combined".

Ford claims Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students.

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"We're going to do a wholesale, full scale investigation of what I think was a despicable process to deter it from happening again", Graham said. No matter where you fall on the political scale, she tugged at your heartstrings.

[Blasey Ford] described a past sexual assault and the more recent media assault on her in excruciating and vulnerable detail, but did not yell, did not betray a hint of the fury she had every reason to feel as she was forced to put her pain on display for the nation.

Concluding his grandstanding, Graham told Kavanaugh's daughters that he was proud of their father and he believes he is "a good man".

Graham blasted Democrats toward the end of the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with the Supreme Court nominee and accuser Christine Blasey Ford. Dianne Feinstein's decision not to inform others about the allegations after Ford reached out to her confidentially earlier this year. "When Donald Trump wins, there are no rules, there are no boundaries", he added.

Graham blamed Democrats for the hearing's partisan nature, saying they sat on allegations against Kavanaugh for weeks and then sprung them on the nominee at the last minute in a desperate attempt to prevent his confirmation.

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