Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting'

Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting'
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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOcasio-Cortez: By Lindsey Graham's 1999 standard for Clinton, Trump should be impeached Senate votes to end US support for Saudi war, bucking Trump Former FBI official says Mueller won’t be ‘colored by politics’ in Russia probe MORE (R) criticized Democrats on Tuesday over their handling of the sexual misconduct allegation levied at Brett Kavanaugh, President TrumpDonald John TrumpREAD: Transcript of James Comey's interview with House Republicans Klobuchar on 2020: ‘I do think you want voices from the Midwest’ Israel boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate MORE's Supreme Court nominee.

In a statement to The Washington Post, Graham likened the way Democrats have handled the allegation, which surfaced last week in news reports and was made public over the weekend in an interview in the Post with Kavanaugh's accuser, to a "drive-by shooting."

“All I can say is that we’re bringing this to a close,” Graham told the newspaper.

“They’ve had tons of time to do this. This has been a drive-by shooting when it comes to Kavanaugh," Graham continued. "I’ll listen to the lady, but we’re going to bring this to a close.”

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Other senators expressed their own criticism of Democrats' handling of the allegations, particularly over the revelation that the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDemocrats will fail if they portray William Barr as controversial pick Senate Dems urge Trump to continue nuclear arms control negotiations after treaty suspension Senate Intel leaders ask judge not to jail former aide amid leak investigation MORE (Calif.), sat on the allegation for weeks after receiving it in a letter over the summer.

“Obviously, the process was very unfair," said Sen. Rob PortmanRobert (Rob) Jones PortmanIsrael boycott fight roils Democrats in year-end spending debate Drug company to offer cheaper opioid overdose treatment after hiking price 600 percent The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by T-Mobile — Congress to act soon to avoid shutdown MORE (R-Ohio), who introduced Kavanaugh at his hearing before the committee. “I’m not blaming [Ford], I’m blaming the Democrats who misused this process.”

The senators' statements follow an interview with the accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, in the Post on Sunday in which she accused Kavanaugh of forcibly groping her at a high school party while muffling her screams for help and attempting to remove her clothes.

Kavanaugh has denied the allegation, and the White House has issued statements defending Trump's nominee in the days following the report.

On Tuesday, Feinstein said in a statement that Ford should testify after an FBI investigation into her claims is completed, despite the bureau arguing that it had no legal authority to investigate such a matter.

“We should honor Dr. Blasey Ford’s wishes and delay this hearing. A proper investigation must be completed, witnesses interviewed, evidence reviewed and all sides spoken to. Only then should the chairman set a hearing date," she said Tuesday.