Graham dismisses two men who claim Ford may have mistaken Kavanaugh for them

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP senators divided over approach to election security GOP lawmakers want Mulvaney sidelined in budget talks Trump urged to quickly fill Pentagon post amid Iran tensions MORE (R-S.C.) on Thursday dismissed the credibility of two men who have claimed to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Christine Blasey Ford may have mistook Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh for them during an alleged sexual assault in the 1980s.

"One’s crazy as a loon. I don’t believe the other one. I’m not going to play this game," Graham said on "CBS This Morning."

“You don’t believe either of these men who said they attacked Dr. Ford?” anchor Norah O'Donnell asked.

"Yes, I don’t believe that," Graham responded.


Staff for the committee's chairman, Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley raises concerns about objectivity of report critical of GOP tax law's effects Overnight Health Care: Key Trump drug pricing proposal takes step forward | Missouri Planned Parenthood clinic loses bid for license | 2020 Democrats to take part in Saturday forum on abortion rights Key Trump proposal to lower drug prices takes step forward MORE (R-Iowa), said that during a review of Ford's claims that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and groped her during a 1980s high school party, two men came forward to suggest it was a case of mistaken identity.

On Monday, a man submitted a written statement and spoke with staff from the Judiciary Committee after he claimed he believes he may have been involved in the alleged incident with Ford. He spoke again with investigators on Tuesday and described his recollection of his interaction with Ford, then submitted a more detailed written statement on Wednesday.

Investigators from the committee also spoke over the phone on Wednesday with a second man who said he believes he should be the target of Ford's allegation, not Kavanaugh.  

The men were not identified by the committee, and spokesmen for Grassley didn't respond to a request for information about the two individuals.

Graham, who has questioned the veracity of sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh, said on Thursday that accepting the mistaken identity theory would "get me off the hook from having to make a hard decision."

"Everything I know about Judge Kavanaugh suggests he’s not this kind of person," Graham said. "Ms. Ford, there’s no doubt in my mind there was some kind of trauma in her life. But we live in a country where you are presumed innocent, and you have to corroborate accusations of felonies, and there’s no corroboration here."

Ford and Kavanaugh are testifying Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee about her allegations.

The South Carolina Republican said Sunday that "unless there's something more" he didn't expect to vote against Kavanaugh's nomination.

Two other women have also accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. He has denied all the claims against him, and vowed not to withdraw his nomination.

Graham has been among the Republican senators to question why the accusers waited to come forward, and suggested the allegations are part of a coordinated "smear" against Kavanaugh.