GOP senator: Kavanaugh confirmation process has been an ‘intergalactic freak show’

GOP senator: Kavanaugh confirmation process has been an ‘intergalactic freak show’
© Greg Nash

Sen. John KennedyJohn Neely KennedyMORE (R-La.) on Sunday blasted the theatrics and chaos surrounding Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process, and was critical of the timing of a recent disclosure of an anonymous sexual misconduct allegation against the judge.

"I'm fairly confident that our Founding Fathers did not intend the process to work this way. So far it's pretty much been an intergalactic freak show," Kennedy said on "Fox News Sunday."

"Sen. Grassley, our chairman, did the best he could at the hearing," he continued, referring to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyOvernight Defense: Trump rails against media coverage | Calls reporting on Iran tensions 'highly inaccurate' | GOP senator blocking Trump pick for Turkey ambassador | Defense bill markup next week Trump reaches deal to lift steel, aluminum tariffs on Mexico, Canada Top GOP senator blocking Trump's pick for Turkey ambassador MORE (R-Iowa). "Senators kept interrupting him. They ignored the rules. We had over 240 protesters who stood up screaming. The only thing missing, I think, was the — the genitalia-shaped headgear."


"There were wild accusations about Kavanaugh that he's evil and he hates women, he hates children, he hates little warm puppies," he continued. "And now we have this recent allegation by Sen. Feinstein."

Kennedy was referencing a letter Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate confirms Rosen for No. 2 spot at DOJ Senate confirms controversial 9th Circuit pick without blue slips Graham warns of 5G security threat from China MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, has said she referred to the FBI.

The letter reportedly describes an incident in which Kavanaugh and a friend took a woman into a bedroom, where the door was locked and she was thrown onto the bed. The woman said Kavanaugh got on top of her and put a hand over her mouth. All three individuals were minors at the time of the alleged incident.

Kavanaugh said Friday that he “categorically and unequivocally” denied the allegation, which liberal outside groups opposed to the nominee say should block his confirmation. 

A Feinstein spokesman said Friday that the senator wanted to make the information on Kavanaugh public, but the woman involved did not want it to be publicly disclosed. Feinstein received the information "through a third party," the spokesman said.

Kennedy and other Republicans have noted that the letter was sent in July, and that Democrats did not bring the issue to light during any closed-door hearings leading up to Kavanaugh's confirmation.

"Most Americans are looking at this — most mainstream Americans — and they're thinking that Congress has hit rock bottom and started to dig," Kennedy said Sunday. "And I have been embarrassed by the whole process."

"And, frankly, no disrespect to Sen. Feinstein or to Stanford Law School, but I'm a little bit offended," he continued. "I sit on Judiciary Committee. They've had this stuff for three months. If they were serious about it, they should have told us about it."