Graham: Who paid for Kavanaugh accuser's polygraph test?

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump fires back at Graham over Iran criticism Overnight Defense: GOP wary of action on Iran | Pence says US 'locked and loaded' to defend allies | Iran's leader rules out talks with US Republicans wary of US action on Iran MORE (R-S.C.) said he wants to know who paid for a polygraph test taken by the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.

Christine Blasey Ford came forward on Sunday to publicly discuss her allegations against Kavanaugh for the first time, describing an incident she says happened between the two in high school.

The Washington Post reported that Ford took a polygraph test administered by a former FBI agent in August, at the recommendation of her attorney. The results found that she was being truthful in her story.


Graham appeared on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show on Monday night and questioned who was paying for Ford’s legal representation and who paid for her to take a polygraph test.

“Here’s what I want your audience to know: If Ms. Ford really did not want to come forward, never intended to come forward, never planned to come forward, why did she pay for a polygraph in August and why did she hire a lawyer in August if she never intended to do what she is doing?” Graham asked.

“And who paid for it?” he added.

Ford at first notified her congressional representative, Rep. Anna EshooAnna Georges EshooOvernight Health Care: Public's view of drug companies sinks to record low in poll | NYC declares end to measles outbreak | Health advocates fear Planned Parenthood funding loss could worsen STD crisis Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — Planned Parenthood ousts its president | Harris releases drug pricing plan | House Dem drug plan delayed until after recess Democratic chair: Medicare negotiating drug prices not moving before August MORE (D-Calif.), of the alleged incident in July, but chose to remain anonymous at the time. Eshoo gave the letter to Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinGrassley: Kavanaugh classmate didn't contact Senate panel Trump court pick sparks frustration for refusing to answer questions This week: Congress returns for first time since mass shootings MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who passed it on to the FBI earlier this month during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings before the committee.

Ford, now a 51-year-old professor at Palo Alto University in California, alleges that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed during a house party one summer in the 1980s.

She told The Washington Post that he "groped her over her clothes, grinding his body against hers and clumsily attempting to pull off her one-piece bathing suit and the clothing she wore over it."

She also said Kavanaugh put his hand over her mouth when she attempted to scream for help.

“I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” Ford said. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.”

She claims the incident has affected her mental health for decades and provided notes from therapy sessions with her husband from 2012 where she discussed the incident.

The Post reviewed the therapist’s notes, which reportedly don’t mention Kavanaugh’s name but say that Ford was attacked by students “from an elitist boys’ school” who would become “highly respected and high-ranking members of society in Washington.”

The Supreme Court nominee has denied the allegations against him, saying on Monday that it was a “completely false allegation.”

Ford and Kavanaugh will both testify in public next Monday before the Senate Judiciary Committee. 

Graham on Sunday questioned the timing of the allegations against Kavanaugh.

“It’s disturbing that these uncorroborated allegations from more than 35 years ago, during high school, would surface on the eve of a committee vote after democrats sat on them in July,” Graham said in a statement.

Graham told Hannity on Monday that Democrats are trying to “destroy” Kavanaugh’s life.

“If it was this bad why did not the Democrats challenge Judge Kavanaugh when he was sitting right there in front of them?” Graham said. “I think it’s part of a pattern. They can’t beat him on the law so they are trying to destroy his life."