Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh drew praise from his defenders for his outrage at Democrats for withholding the accusation of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford only to trot it out just as the Senate Judiciary Committee was about to vote.
“Judge Brett Kavanaugh presented powerful testimony laced with tears of this shameful attempt by Democrats to destroy him and his family. No one should be subjected to such despicable tactics. Judge Kavanaugh deserves to be confirmed,” said Mat Staver, founder of Liberty Counsel.
Kavanaugh called the process that Democrats have forced him into a “national disgrace” and pointed out to the offending Democratic senators, “My name and my family have been permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations.”
Likely no opinions were changed on Thursday. Most of the Democrats opposing him stated even before his name was announced for the nomination they would oppose whomever President Trump would nominate.
They fear Kavanaugh, a judge who prides himself in “interpreting the Constitution as written,” could be the fifth vote in a court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, returning regulation of abortion to the states.
Kavanaugh told Democrats, “You’ve replaced advice and consent with search and destroy.”
He cited “a Democrat senator on this committee” who described him as “evil.”
“Think about that,” he said.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said he was ashamed of how Democrats were trying to destroy Kavanaugh.
“This is the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics. And if you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn’t have done what you’ve done to this guy,” he said.
“If you’re looking for a fair process, you came to the wrong town at the wrong time,” Graham said to Kavanaugh. “This is hell.”
President Trump tweeted in response to the hearing: “Judge Kavanaugh showed America exactly why I nominated him. His testimony was powerful, honest, and riveting. Democrats’ search and destroy strategy is disgraceful and this process has been a total sham and effort to delay, obstruct, and resist. The Senate must vote!”
GOP senators, an 11-10 majority on the committee, were meeting Thursday night and a vote in committee could be held as early as Friday.
A full Senate vote, where the GOP holds a thin 51-49 margin, could happen as early as Tuesday.
Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, former chairman of the committee, said the conspiracy and allegations against Kavanaugh, who has been vetted by the FBI six times, were a “national disgrace.”
“What we have are uncorroborated, unsubstantiated claims from his teenage years, claims that every alleged eyewitness has either denied or failed to confirm. I do not mean to minimize the seriousness of the claims. But the search for truth must involve more than bare assertions.”
When Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., complained the FBI wasn’t investigating, Kavanaugh interrupted to explain to the Democrat that she was interviewing him at the moment.