After every effort by Democrats to derail and destroy Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court nomination utterly failed to do so, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein dropped an anonymous accusation of sexual misconduct from decades ago on the judge in what can only be described as a last-ditch bid to stop his confirmation.
Kavanaugh’s accuser — a liberal anti-Trump university professor from California named Christine Blasey Ford– came forward over the weekend in an attempt to bolster her vague accusation, and now it appears that Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee would like the chance to speak with her, perhaps even under oath in a public hearing.
Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham released a statement Sunday that seemed to invite Ford to come before the committee to testify on her own behalf, so as to fully weigh her accusations along with everything else that is known about Kavanaugh.
My statement on Judge Kavanaugh. pic.twitter.com/QGz3uUyzC9
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) September 16, 2018
Graham said in the statement, “I agree with the concerns expressed in the Judiciary Committee’s statement about the substance and process regarding the allegations in this latest claim against Judge Kavanaugh.”
“However, if Ms. Ford wishes to provide information to the committee, I would gladly listen to what she has to say and compare that against all other information we have received about Judge Kavanaugh,” Graham continued.
“If the committee is to hear from Ms. Ford it should be done immediately so the process can continue as scheduled,” he added, alluding to the fact that committee chairman Sen. Chuck Grassley has stated his intention to stick with the scheduled confirmation votes for Kavanaugh.
Caving, or calling the bluff?
It may appear to some as though Graham and other Republican senators are caving to the immense pressure exerted by Democrats and the liberal media to delay — and potentially fully derail — Kavanaugh’s confirmation by giving credence to the last-minute, highly suspicious, and vague allegations.
It could also be viewed as a sort of careful effort to reach across the aisle in an attempt to address the claims in as neutral a fashion as is possible.
But, and this may be the most likely reason, Graham is essentially calling their bluff, forcing the Democrats and the accuser to go on record and under oath in a manner that will require them to defend against pointed cross-examination that could potentially undermine and unravel the entire allegation.
It remains to be seen if Graham has caved to Democrat pressure, is working carefully to forge an appearance of open-minded neutrality or has laid a trap to ensnare Democrats and the accuser.
Unless Kavanaugh’s accuser — and the Democrats supporting her — agree to come before the committee and answer questions, we may never truly know the reasoning behind Graham’s statement.