Moments after reviewing the FBI’s latest investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) ripped Democrats who have already started calling the probe a “cover-up” and a “sham.”
“I have no response to my Democrat colleagues who have conspired to destroy this man’s life,” Graham told IJR when asked about Democrats blasting the weeklong supplemental FBI investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct against the nominee.
“Go ask the FBI if they were asked to cover up anything,” he added.
Graham’s heated comments were in response to multiple Senate Democrats criticizing the investigation into the allegation against Kavanaugh.
“It’s obviously a cover-up,” Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) told CNN on Thursday morning. “The Trump White House, working with the Republican leadership in the Senate, have deliberately circumscribed this investigation so that only a small handful of people will be questioned.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called the probe a “complete sham” in a searing tweet:
Not even a full week for an FBI investigation. A single copy of the report given to the Senate. Less than an hour to review. This is a complete sham. @SenateMajLdr McConnell said he’d plow Brett Kavanaugh through, and that’s exactly what the GOP is doing – no matter the cost.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) October 4, 2018
The South Carolina senator, however, remained unfazed despite the Democrats’ latest attacks against Kavanaugh’s confirmation.
“There is no boundaries to what my Democratic friends will do to get an outcome here,” Graham said. “There’s nothing that we could find that would change their mind. Brett Kavanaugh has been done a great disservice. And it’s about to come to an end.”
Graham added that the FBI investigation satisfied him, and he echoed Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) comments that there’s no corroboration of the Kavanaugh accusers’ allegations in the report.
“Without telling you what the main witnesses said, the FBI did a professional job and were not hindered in time in terms of interviewing the people they wanted to or in any fashion,” Graham said. “I’ve learned nothing I didn’t already know.”
While Graham’s comments point to where the Republican base stands regarding Kavanaugh’s confirmation process, President Donald Trump’s high court nominee’s chances remain at the mercy of a few Republican swing votes in the Senate — including Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who’s already hinted at being pleased with the new FBI probe.
“It appears to be a very thorough investigation,” Collins told CNN after being briefed on the report.
Another crucial swing vote for Kavanaugh, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), backed up Collins’ assessment of the report.
“I think Susan Collins was quoted saying it was very thorough but no new corroborative information came out of it,” Flake said. “That’s accurate.”
Flake, whose bombshell actions last week prompted this week’s supplemental investigation, seemed satisfied by the probe.
“I wanted this pause, we’ve had this pause,” Flake said. “We’ve had the professionals, the FBI, determine — given the scope that we gave them, current credible allegations — to go and do their review, which they’ve done. Thus far, we’ve seen no new credible corroboration, no new corroboration at all.”
Friday will see a critical process vote on Kavanaugh, with a final floor vote that can come as early as Saturday.
When asked after reviewing the new FBI report on the Supreme Court nominee if he’s still confident Kavanaugh will get confirmed, Graham smiled.
“I am more confident than ever of Brett Kavanaugh,” he said. “I hope this is rock bottom and we can pull out of it.”