Last week, the SC lawmaker was thrust into the spotlight after he emotionally defended Judge Brett Kavanaugh from allegations of sexual misconduct during the Senate committee hearing.
The news follows a surprise demand last week from Sen.
Meanwhile, some Republicans want their own investigation into how accuser Christine Blasey Ford's letter about Kavanaugh was leaked to the media. "We're going to do a wholesale, full-scale investigation of what I think was a despicable process to deter it from happening again".
"I hope you're on the Supreme Court".
Several women in the audience stood up when Ford finished testifying after more than four hours and said loudly, "Thank you, Dr. Ford!"
Graham, speaking about his "yes" votes for Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, made clear he would "never do to them what you have done to this guy", rebuking the Democrats of their treatment of Kavanaugh. "And my problem is with the people who did this to him, not how he responded".
"Everything about this in my view has been the low, lowest, point of the committees since I have been here", he said Friday.
"This is the most unethical sham since I've been in politics", Graham lashed out, accusing Democrats of deliberately withholding Blasey Ford's assault allegations until the conservative judge's confirmation process was almost complete.
Feinstein, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has been repeatedly criticized by Republicans for being aware of Ford's allegation for six weeks and not bringing it before the committee. "I don't see anything new changing". He's right: "The Constitution gives the Senate an important role in the confirmation process, but you have replaced advice and consent with search and destroy. You came to the wrong town at the wrong time", Graham said.
Thankfully, he had one advocate in the Senate Judiciary Committee that perhaps did more to keep Kavanaugh's confirmation alive than Kavanaugh himself: Republican Sen.
Kavanaugh, who showed a faint smile during the chairman's rebuke, refused to directly answer the question, reiterating that he is innocent and welcomes "whatever the committee wants to do because I'm telling the truth".
Referring to Kavanaugh's opening statement that he would welcome any kind of investigation, Durbin suggested the judge should ask the White House counsel Donald McGahn to "suspend the hearing until the FBI completes the investigation".