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Sen. Lindsey Graham ready to take Kavanaugh impeachment fight 'to the streets'

  • October 07, 2018

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The polarizing battle over Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh has ended, but voter repercussions could be coming soon.
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Sen. Lindsey Graham says he’s never campaigned against a colleague.

“That’s about to change,” he said Sunday.

The South Carolina Republican told “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace he is ready to carry the fight “to the streets” and “the ballot box” after leading House Democrats called for further investigations into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s background if they regain the majority in the November election. 

Graham, who made several fiery denouncements of Senate Democrats for their handling of Kavanaugh’s confirmation, vowed to “go throughout this country and let people in these purple states, red states where Trump won, know what I think about this process.”

“I hope everybody running for the House in these purple districts will be asked the question: ‘Do you support impeaching Judge Kavanaugh based on five allegations, none of which could be corroborated? Do you want an outcome so badly that you would basically turn the law upside down?” Graham said. 

Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., told The New York Times on Friday that the Senate failed to “do its proper constitutionally mandated job of advise and consent” and that the House is “going to have to do something to provide a check and balance, to protect the rule of law and to protect the legitimacy of one of our most important institutions.”

Nadler, who would be in line to become chairman of the House Judiciary Committee if the Democrats take the House, told the Times he was not yet thinking about impeaching Kavanaugh.

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Reps. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., and Ted Lieu, D-Calif, have said they favor impeachment if further investigation determines Kavanaugh lied about the allegations of past sexual misconduct leveled against him by Christine Blasey Ford. 

Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee continued to question Kavanaugh’s fitness for the Supreme Court, but were reluctant to back the calls for further investigation and possible impeachment. 

Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono, who said men should “shut up and step up” on the issue of sexual assault, called the FBI investigation into Ford’s allegations “a sham” that “raises more questions than it answers.” But she did not choose to explicitly endorse Nadler’s call for a House investigation when asked on “ABC This Week” Sunday.

“Jerry Nadler will do what Jerry Nadler will do,” Hirono said. She later added the decision to impeach is up to the House and that she is “very focused on the here and now,” which is about voter anger and the upcoming election. 

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., said on “Meet the Press” Sunday that there “good reasons to have doubts about now Justice Kavanaugh’s candor to the committee and fitness to serve given his very partisan screed in that last hearing” but he said talk of impeachment was “premature.” 

“We are just less than a month away from an election,” Coons said. “There’s only ever been one justice that’s been impeached and I think talking about it at this point isn’t necessarily healing us and moving us forward.” 

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  • 9/28/18 12:13:06 PM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Protesters gather at the United States Supreme Court steps while the Senate Judiciary Committee moves to vote on Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on Sept. 28, 2018 in Washington.  --    Photo by Jack Gruber, USA TODAY Staff ORG XMIT:  JG 137505 Kavanaugh Protes 9/28 (Via OlyDrop)1 of 12
  • 9/28/18 9:59:14 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Protesters are arrested as they sit and block the 2nd floor Dirksen Senate Office Building hallway on the same floor of the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on Sept. 28, 2018 in Washington.  2 of 12
  • A woman who said she is a survivor of a sexual assault, right, confronts Republican Senator from Arizona Jeff Flake, left, in an elevator after Flake announced that he vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in the Russell Senate Office Building in Washington, DC.3 of 12
  • Protesters are arrested as they sit and block the 2nd floor Dirksen Senate Office Building hallway on the same floor of the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on Sept. 28, 2018 in Washington.4 of 12
  • 9/28/18 9:22:27 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  --  Valerie Robertson of Milo, Maine, along with a small group of Maine residents opposed to the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, visit the office of Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) asking to meet with their Senator ahead of a Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on Sept. 28, 2018 in Washington.  --    5 of 12
  • 9/28/18 9:59:14 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Capitol Police block the 2nd floor of the Dirksen Senate Office Building hallway allowing only select individuals into the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing room prior to the vote on Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on Sept. 28, 2018 in Washington.6 of 12
  • 9/28/18 9:59:14 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Protesters are arrested as they sit and block the 2nd floor Dirksen Senate Office Building hallway on the same floor of the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on Sept. 28, 2018 in Washington. 7 of 12
  • epa07054607 Democratic members of the House of Representatives stand up to show disapproval during the Senate Judiciary Committee markup on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, USA, 28 September 2018. The committee is poised to vote on Kavanaugh's Supreme Court nomination the day after he and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford both testified on allegations of sexual misconduct by Brett Kavanaugh.8 of 12
  • 9/28/18 9:59:14 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Protesters are arrested as they sit and block the 2nd floor Dirksen Senate Office Building hallway on the same floor of the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on Sept. 28, 2018 in Washington.9 of 12
  • 9/28/18 9:59:14 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Protesters sit and block the 2nd floor Dirksen Senate Office Building hallway on the same floor of the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on Sept. 28, 2018 in Washington10 of 12
  • 9/28/18 9:59:14 AM -- Washington, DC, U.S.A  -- Protesters are arrested as they sit and block the 2nd floor Dirksen Senate Office Building hallway on the same floor of the Senate Judiciary Committee vote on Brett Kavanaugh for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court on Sept. 28, 2018 in Washington.11 of 12
  • Protesters line up in a hallway on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on September 28, 2018 as the vote on the nomination of Brett M. Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States is about to begin. - Kavanaugh's contentious Supreme Court nomination will be put to an initial vote Friday, the day after a dramatic Senate hearing saw the judge furiously fight back against sexual assault allegations recounted in harrowing detail by his accuser. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP)BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images ORIG FILE ID: AFP_19J9ZN12 of 12

 

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