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 GrahamPence met with silence after mentioning Trump in Munich speech The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war Graham seeks new Rosenstein testimony after explosive McCabe interview MORE (R) criticized Democrats on Tuesday over their handling of the sexual misconduct allegation levied at Brett Kavanaugh, President TrumpDonald John TrumpGillibrand backs federal classification of third gender: report Former Carter pollster, Bannon ally Patrick Caddell dies at 68 Heather Nauert withdraws her name from consideration for UN Ambassador job 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 FeinsteinFeinstein says she thinks Biden will run after meeting with him Trump judicial nominee Neomi Rao seeks to clarify past remarks on date rape Bottom Line 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 PortmanSteel lobby's PR blitz can't paper over damaging effects of tariffs Trade official warns senators of obstacles to quick China deal Lawmakers divided over how to end shutdowns for good 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.