Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, who’s angry defense of Brett Kavanaugh was mocked on ‘Saturday Night Live,’ says the Supreme Court nominee is not a ‘stumbling bumbling drunk gang rapist’ so there is no need to question his college classmates about his drinking.
‘I think you’re trying to portray him as a stumbling bumbling drunk gang rapist who during high school and college was Bill Cosby. Six FBI background checks over the years would have uncovered this,’ Graham said on ABC’s ‘This Week,’ when asked why the FBI would not be interviewing Yale University students who claimed to have seen Kavanaugh binge drinking.
Democrats have raised concern about the limited scope of the FBI investigation into allegations of sexual assault against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee.
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Brett Kavanaugh is not a ‘stumbling bumbling drunk gang rapist’ so there is no need to question his college classmates about his drinking
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham’s angry defense of Brett Kavanaugh (above) was mocked on ‘Saturday Night Live’
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the administration ‘is not micromanaging’ the FBI probe.
‘The White House is not micromanaging this process. The Senate is dictating the terms,’ Sanders said on ‘Fox News Sunday.’
Questions have been raised about whether investigators will question Julie Swetnick, who has accused Kavanaugh and his Georgetown Prep friend Mark Judge of being part of a group of boys that drugged and raped women.
Kavanaugh has denied the allegation.
Agents are going to interview Judge as they investigate Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation that Kavanaugh held her to a bed, tried to take off her clothes and covered her mouth when she screamed when they were at a high school party in the 1980s.
Judge will also be questioned about Swentick, according to reports.
Kavanaugh as denied Ford’s allegation.
There are also questions why the FBI won’t speak to Kavanaugh’s high school and college classmates who have said in interviews with reporters that Kavanaugh drank heavily, including some who claimed he drank to excess.
White House counsel Don McGahn, working with Senate Republicans, came up with the list of four witnesses: Judge; Leland Keyser, a high school friend of Ford’s whom she said attended the high school party in question but was not told of Kavanaugh’s alleged assault on Ford; P.J. Smyth, another guest at the high school party; and Debra Ramirez, who charged Kavanaugh with exposing himself to her during a college party when they were both students at Yale University, thrusting his penis in her face and forcing her to touch it when she pushed him away.
Graham did say he would demand a federal investigation into who leaked Ford’s letter that she sent to California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
He also said he wants to know who in Feinstein’s office referred Ford to her attorney, Debra Katz.
Ford, in her testimony in the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, said Feinstein’s office referred her to Katz.
‘But what we will investigate is who Dianne Feinstein’s office referred Dr. Ford to Ms. Katz, that’s illegal, inappropriate in the Senate. So the FBI will be a supplemental background investigation. Then I’m going to call for an investigation of what happened in this committee. Who betrayed Dr. Ford’s trust, who in Feinstein’s office recommended Katz as a lawyer, why did Ms. Ford not know that the committee was willing to go to California?,’ he said.
‘We’re going to do a wholesale full-scale investigation of what I think was a despicable process to deter her from having it at the end,’ he added.
Ford had sent a letter to Feinstein, her senator, after she discussed her allegation against Kavanaugh with her local Congresswoman, Anna Eshoo of California. Eshoo recommended Ford write the letter to Feinstein and had one of her aides deliver it to one of Feinstein’s aides.
In the letter, Ford requested privacy, which Feinstein said she was respecting. After the letter’s existence was reported in the press, the senator sent it to the FBI with Ford’s personally identifiable information redacted.
Ford went public in an interview with The Washington Post.