Graham Warns Dems Of ‘New Standard’: ‘You Better Watch Out For Your Nominees’

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 27:  Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) listens to Dr. Christine Blasey Ford speak before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to be an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, on Capitol Hill September 27, 2018 in Washington, DC. A professor at Palo Alto University and a research psychologist at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Ford has accused Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her during a party in 1982 when they were high school students in suburban Maryland. (Photo By Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images)
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Cameron Joseph contributed reporting

Speaking to reporters during a recess in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing featuring Christine Blasey Ford, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) warned his “Democratic friends” that they “better watch out” if “this becomes the new norm.”

“If this becomes the new standard, where you have an accusation for weeks and you drop it right before the hearing, you withhold from the committee the chance to do this in a professional timely fashion, when they publicly say their goal is to delay the vote … I don’t want to reward that kind of behavior,” he said. “Let me tell my Democratic friends, if this becomes the new norm, you better watch out for your nominees.”

Graham also harped on several issues he had with Blasey Ford’s testimony, mainly, that she couldn’t remember how she got to or from the party. He said whether he believes Blasey Ford doesn’t matter because, he claimed, her statements couldn’t be corroborated.

He also slammed the accusations of another woman who came forward on Wednesday.

“They’ve tried to destroy this guy’s life with one accusation after another, that he’s a serial rapist,” he said. “That some woman said I went to 10 parties where they were drugging and raping people. I don’t believe that one bit.”

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