Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told reporters Tuesday that the darkest side of American politics would be unleashed if Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is taken down by allegations of sexual misconduct.
“I keep telling my colleagues, if this is the new normal, God help us all,” Graham told reporters in the hallway, according to Fox News. “Taking Kavanaugh down would unleash forces from the darkest side of American politics in perpetuity.”
“And if you think only one side is capable of doing this, you’re mistaken,” he added.
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 2, 2018
Christine Blasey Ford accused Kavanaugh of attempting to sexually assault her at a party in the summer of 1982.
Kavanaugh unequivocally denied the allegation and produced his calendars from the period, which showed no trace of the alleged party.
All three people Ford named as fellow attendees have said they have no memory of the event, including her life long friend who has said she has never met Kavanaugh though she believes Ford’s allegation.
Generally relatively moderate, Graham erupted during Kavanaugh’s testimony last Thursday, calling the situation “an unethical sham” and the worst thing he has ever seen in politics.
The senator has been one of the most vocal defenders of Kavanaugh and has gone after Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) for bringing Ford’s allegations onto the public stage one week before Kavanaugh’s originally scheduled confirmation vote, despite having had them since July.
“The reason I’ve been so passionate about this, I voted for [Democrat appointed Justices] Sotomayor and Kagan, never thought twice about it,” Graham said Tuesday. “I could never imagine me engaging in anything like this to take them down.”
“I love the law, it keeps us different than other countries,” he explained further, saying that anyone in U.S. “no matter how high and mighty you are you can still be challenged” but that an allegation alone is “not enough.”
“It’s about a process, it’s about encouraging people to come forward who’ve been treated badly,” he said. “About a process so the person can be accused, can defend themselves, and that there are certain systems in place that will stand the test of time.”
Graham expressed hope that this would be “a turning point” and stated that he believes Kavanaugh has the votes to be confirmed, though he doesn’t think the judge will “ever be the same.”
“I think it’s a scary time for principles,” he said. “If this is not bottom, God help us all.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 2, 2018
Leland Keyser, the high school friend Christine Blasey Ford counted on to corroborate her sexual assault charges, has told the FBI she has no knowledge of the supposed 1982 party or the accused, Brett Kavanaugh.
Howard J. Walsh III, her attorney, told The Washington Times that she met with the FBI on Saturday.
Asked if she had repeated the same two statements she provided the Senate Judiciary Committee, the lawyer answered, “yes.”
Ms. Ford accuses Supreme Court nominee Judge Kavanaugh, and his friend, Mark Judge, of trying to rape her at a home in Montgomery County near the Columbia Country Club.
They both deny the charge. Patrick Smyth, a third party-goer identified by Ms. Ford, also denies he attended any such party.
That left Ms. Keyser, Ms. Ford’s best friend at Holton-Arms school, as the remaining witness of the five people who supposedly attended.
Before the FBI interview, Mr. Walsh submitted two statements to the Senate committee, both saying the same thing.
“Simply put, Ms. Keyser does not know Mr. Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford,” Mr. Walsh said.
After Mr. Trump ordered an FBI investigation last Friday, Mr. Walsh submitted a reaffirming statement to the committee.
“Ms. Keyser asked that I communicate to the Committee her willingness to cooperate fully with the FBI’s supplemental investigation of Dr. Christine Ford’s allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh,” Mr. Walsh said. “However, as my client has already made clear, she does not know Judge Kavanaugh and has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.”
All told, she has now provided the same account three times.
In her testimony last week, Ms. Ford brushed aside Ms. Keyser’s statement, saying that her friend has been ill and is focused on herself.
Ms. Ford: “Leland has significant health challenges, and I’m happy that she’s focusing on herself and getting the health treatment that she needs, and she let me know that she needed her lawyer to take care of this for her, and she texted me right afterward with an apology and good wishes, and et cetera, So I’m glad that she’s taking care of herself. I don’t expect that P.J. and Leland would remember this evening. It was a very unremarkable party. It was not one of their more notorious parties, because nothing remarkable happened to them that evening. They were downstairs.”
Ms. Ford has said she doesn’t know where the party occurred, how she got there or how she got to her parents’ home, which was perhaps 10 miles away. She has said she wasn’t given a ride.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
October 2nd, 2019