Lindsey Graham: Latest Kavanaugh Accusation 'Doesn't Pass the Smell Test'

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Monday cast doubt on the second woman to come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, claiming the accusation “doesn’t pass the smell test.” “What I have read doesn’t pass the smell test in terms of credibility,” Graham told IJR regarding Deborah Ramirez’s recent sexual misconduct claim against the Supreme Court nominee. “I don’t know what happened to Ms. Ramirez, but her initial reaction was, ‘I can’t swear to this,’ and after six days of being with a group of lawyers, she got more certain. But still, she’s uncertain, and he denied it,” he said. The Republican member on the Senate Judiciary Committee also argued that he’s doubtful of the allegations against Kavanaugh, in part, because so far, they are all from over 30 years ago and that “if you’ve got a character flaw where you’re a predator, my view is it doesn’t stop.” When IJR brought up that the Trump nominee is now facing his second allegation of sexual misconduct, with a third possibly on the way, Graham said: “You don’t become a serial rapist for a couple of years and hang it up. “Since he’s been a professional, he’s had a lot of women work for him, and no one who’s ever worked for him has ever suggested that he was anything other than professional,” Graham continued. “I used to be a criminal defense attorney, I could win this case. I can win this case against anybody, anywhere, in any court,” the South Carolina senator added with a laugh. Kavanaugh, who has definitively denied the mounting allegations against him, appeared on Fox News on Monday night and publicly addressed the claims for the first time. “I’m not going to let false accusations drive us out of this process, and we’re looking for a fair process where I can be heard and defend my integrity, my lifelong record,” the judge said. “My lifelong record of promoting dignity and equality for women starting with the women who knew me when I was 14 years old. I’m not going anywhere.” Kavanaugh’s first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, with a committee vote set to take place at some point after.

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