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 GrahamLawmakers push back at Pentagon's possible Africa drawdown George Conway group drops ad seeking to remind GOP senators of their 'sworn oaths' ahead of impeachment trial House Democrats may call new impeachment witnesses if Senate doesn't MORE (R) criticized Democrats on Tuesday over their handling of the sexual misconduct allegation levied at Brett Kavanaugh, President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' 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 FeinsteinSenate opens Trump impeachment trial Democrats ask if US citizens were detained at border checkpoints due to Iranian national origin Pelosi set to send impeachment articles to the Senate next week 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 PortmanHillicon Valley: Biden calls for revoking tech legal shield | DHS chief 'fully expects' Russia to try to interfere in 2020 | Smaller companies testify against Big Tech 'monopoly power' Bipartisan group of senators introduces legislation to boost state cybersecurity leadership Senate approves Trump trade deal with Canada, Mexico 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.