Graham suggests lack of details in Ford’s testimony

Graham suggests lack of details in Ford’s testimony
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South Carolina Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBooker calls for hearings on reports of ICE using solitary confinement GOP lays debate trap for 2020 Democrats Overnight Defense: Trump says he doesn't need exit strategy with Iran | McConnell open to vote on Iran war authorization | Senate panel advances bill to restrict emergency arms sales MORE (R) on Thursday cast doubt on Christine Blasey Ford's sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, suggesting her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee lacks details of the alleged incident.

"I don't know any more than I knew before," Graham, a member of the Judiciary panel, told reporters on Capitol Hill before the hearing was over. "I know that the people who've claimed to have been at the party say nothing happened. I don't know how she got home or how she got there."

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"I think something happened to Dr. Ford. I'm gonna listen to Brett Kavanaugh," he added, before expressing that he was "disappointed" with how Democrats handled Ford's allegations.

"They knew about this in July," Graham told reporters, adding that there was a polygraph test on Aug. 10 that the committee received on Sept. 26. "We offered to go out there," he said, referring to California, where Ford lives.

Ford said she initially notified her local congresswoman, Rep. Anna EshooAnna Georges EshooBipartisan House duo unveils amendment to block Iran strike without Congress's approval Pro-trade group targets Democratic leadership in push for new NAFTA House Democrats press leaders to start Trump impeachment MORE (D-Calif.), in late July about her allegation. She said Eshoo urged her to write a letter to Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDemocratic senator introduces bill to ban gun silencers Negotiators face major obstacles to meeting July border deadline Young activists press for change in 2020 election MORE (Calif.), the top Democrat on the Judiciary panel, about the allegation. That letter to Feinstein was sent in late July.

Feinstein has said that she honored Ford's request for privacy. The letter's existence was later reported in the press and Ford eventually went public with her accusation in a Washington Post interview.

Graham joined other Republicans in asserting that Ford's remarks about her fear of flying, coupled with her saying that she flew to Washington for Thursday's hearing, are evidence that her accusations against Kavanaugh are overblown.

"She said she couldn't come here because of a fear of flying. None of that is holding water," he told reporters.

Donald Trump Jr.Donald (Don) John TrumpDemocrats seek to ban federal spending at Trump businesses Republicans, Trump Jr. signal support for embattled West Virginia governor The Hill's Morning Report — US strikes approved against Iran pulled back MORE tweeted during the hearing: "I’m no psychology professor but it does seem weird to me that someone could have a selective fear of flying. Can’t do it to testify but for vacation, well it’s not a problem at all."

Kavanaugh is scheduled to testify later on Thursday. The Senate Judiciary Committee has not scheduled a hearing to hear the allegations from two other women who have accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

The committee is expected to vote Friday morning on whether to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate for a confirmation vote.

Updated at 2:03 p.m.