Brett Kavanaugh

Sen. Graham Comes Out Swinging Against Dem Ignorance on Kavanaugh

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Few conservatives have ever much liked South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, but after Thursday’s testimony by Kavanaugh accuser Christine Blasey Ford, Graham came out swinging against the Democrats and their cynical actions during the confirmation process and his performance should make every conservative smile.

Christine Blasey Ford has accused Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually abusive behavior against her when both were teens back in 1982 (or so). Her accusations are incredibly thin, of course. She isn’t sure when it happened (only that *maybe* it was in the summer of 1982), she doesn’t know what time it happened, she isn’t sure where it happened, she has offered conflicting stories of who was either in the room or at the party at the time, and every single person she has named has come out to refute her claims.

Yet, this is the “victim” that the Democrats have claimed is a “credible accuser.”

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And it looks like Sen. Graham has had just about enough of the left’s hateful, un-American attacks.

After the mornings testimony from Ford, Graham was explicit.

“Let me tell my Democratic friends,” Graham said to reporters on Capitol Hill. “If this is the new norm, you’d better watch out for your nominees.”

Here is the full exchange:

Sen. Graham: All I can deal with is what’s in front of me. I’ve got a guy who adamantly denies this. Everybody who actually knows him in a real way say, “This is not the guy I know.” I’ve got Dr. Ford, who can’t tell me the time and the place. And we’ll see what happens. Maybe something comes out.

Reporter: Do you intend to vote tomorrow? Are you going to vote tomorrow?

Graham: I intend to.

Reporter: Will this be enough for some Republicans not to vote for him?

Graham: Let me put it this way to my Republican colleagues. If this becomes the new standard, where you have an accusation for weeks, you drop it right before the hearing, you withhold from the committee a chance to do this in a professional, timely fashion; when they publicly say that their goal is to delay the vote, get the Senate back in 2018 to make sure he can’t fill the seat, they’re publicly saying that: I don’t want to reward that kind of behavior. I think we’ve been very fair.

To my Republican colleagues: If you can ignore everything in this record, looking at an allegation that’s 35 years old, that’s uncertain in time, place, date, and no corroboration. If that’s enough for you, god help us all as Republicans, because this happens to us, it never happens to them.

But let me tell my Democratic friends: If this is the new norm, you’d better watch out for your nominees.

In other comments, Graham noted that Ford’s testimony delivered no new information to buttress her accusations and left the committee still with no credible allegations.

“I don’t know any more than I knew before,” Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill. “I know that the people who’ve claimed to have been at the party say nothing happened. I don’t know how she got home or how she got there.”

He continued, according to The Hill:

“I think something happened to Dr. Ford. I’m gonna listen to Brett Kavanaugh,” he added, before expressing that he was “disappointed” with how Democrats handled Ford’s allegations.

“They knew about this in July,” Graham told reporters, adding that there was a polygraph test on Aug. 10 that the committee received on Sept. 26. “We offered to go out there,” he said, referring to California, where Ford lives.

Indeed, there was quite a list of lies that rolled out of Ford’s mouth during her purported testimony.

For instance, a least two important parts of her story were revealed as essential lies on Thursday.

One of Ford’s reasons for refusing to accept repeated offers to come to Washington to give her testimony was that she was afraid of flying. Yet during her time before the committee she admitted that she flies all the time.

According to Breitbart News:

Ford and her attorneys refused a Monday hearing, arguing that she was afraid to fly. One of her friends even claimed that her fear of flying was a result of the alleged assault by Judge Brett Kavanaugh over 35 years ago.

Yet under questioning by Mitchell, Ford admitted that she had, in fact, flown across the country to make the hearing. She had also flown to the east coast for a vacation with family in August. She also admitted flying frequently for her work and for her hobbies, including surfing vacations in Hawaii, Costa Rica, and French Polynesia. Ford, laughing nervously, said that it was easier to fly for vacations.

It is clear that the “fear of flying” lie was issued only to delay the Senate proceedings. This “fear of flying” lie was a political ploy. Not the truth. So, what else is she lying about?

It would seem clear she also lied about who paid for her polygraph test.

During her testimony, Ford was asked who paid for the polygraph test that she claims proves she is telling the truth about her accusation that Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school over 30 years ago. But she claimed she did not know who forked over the hundreds of dollars for that testing.

Um, what? How is that even possible? If she doesn’t know, does this not prove that she is being “handled” by other people?

According to Breitbart News:

Blasey Ford told prosecutor Rachel Mitchell Thursday afternoon that she did “not yet” know who paid for the polygraph exam she underwent on August 7, one week after her allegations against Kavanaugh reached Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

Ford testified Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, leveling her accusations against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Justice nominee. The Republican members all ceded their time for questions to Mitchell, a veteran sex crimes prosecutor.

Mitchell asked Ford who paid for the testing. Ford answered, “not yet, no,” to who may have paid for that test.

Mitchell also asked why Jerry Hanafin, the polygraph administrator, did not conduct the examination in his Virginia office, rather at a hotel next to Baltimore–Washington International Airport. “I had left my grandmother’s funeral at that point at Fort Lincoln Cemetery that day and I was on a tight scheduled to get to make a plane to Manchester, New Hampshire,” Ford told Mitchell. “He was willing to come to me, which was appreciated.”

But how is this possible? If Ford was seeking to make sure all her bases were covered for the coming reveal of her accusations, how is it she has no idea who paid for this test? Was she not in control of what was going on? And if not, who is pulling her strings.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.

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