Lindsey Graham Says Ford Testimony Won’t Change His Vote


Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Fox News Sunday that Christine Ford‘s testimony will not change his vote on Brett Kavanaugh, “unless there’s something more.”

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace asked if Graham has “an open mind on this” and if Ford could say anything that would change his mind in her hearing. Ford accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her 36 years ago when the two were in high school.

“I want to listen to her, but I’m being honest with you and everybody else. What do you expect me to do? You can’t bring it in a criminal court, you would never sue civilly, you couldn’t even get a warrant,” Graham said. “What am I supposed to do? Go ahead and ruin this guy’s life based on an accusation? I don’t know when it happened, I don’t know where it happened, and everybody named in regard to being there said it didn’t happen.”

“Unless there’s something more, no I’m not going to ruin Judge Kavanaugh’s life over this,” he said. “But she should come forward, she should have her say, she will be respectfully treated.”

“I‘m not going to play and game here and tell you this will wipe out his entire life,” Graham added, “Because if nothing changes, it won’t with me.”

Wallace pointed out “that there is no statute of limitations on sex assault cases in Maryland. So there are weaknesses with the case obviously, but she could legally bring it.”

“Well, it would go nowhere,” Graham replied.

Graham also responded to Sen. Mazie Hirono over her strong words for men on the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“Guess who is perpetrating all of these kinds of actions? It’s the men in this country,” Hirono said earlier this week. “I just want to say to the men in this country: Just shut up and step up. Do the right thing, for a change.”

When asked about those comments, Graham replied: “Senator [Tim] Scott and myself represent the people of South Carolina, we got elected by men and women or our state. I am not going to shut up, with all due respect.”

Watch above, via Fox News.

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