Graham warns Dems: You better 'watch out' for your Supreme Court nominees

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe Barr threatens tech's prized legal shield Barr has considered resigning over Trump tweets about DOJ: reports MORE (R-S.C.) on Thursday warned Democrats to “watch out for your nominees” while expressing frustration with the allegations of sexual misconduct that have been levied against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

“Well, let me put it this way to my Republican colleagues: if this becomes the new standard where you have an accusation for weeks, you drop it right before the hearing, you withhold from the committee a chance to do this in a professional timely fashion,” Graham said.

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“When they say they’re going to do this [it] is to delay the vote, get the Senate back in 2018 so they can fill the seat. I don’t want to publicly reward that kind of behavior. I think we’ve been very fair,” he continued, referencing Democrats' hope to win back control of the Senate in this year's midterm elections.

Graham's comments came during a break in Thursday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing for Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford, a college professor who has accused Kavanaugh of sexual assaulting her when the two were in high school in the early 1980s.

“And to my Republican colleagues, if you can ignore everything in this record — an allegation that’s 35 years old, that’s uncertain in time, place, date and no corroboration, if that’s enough for you, God help us all as Republicans,” Graham continued. “Because this happens to us, but this never happens to them.”

“Let me tell my Democratic friends, if this is the new norm, you better watch out for your nominees,” he added.

Ford first went public with her allegations in an interview published in The Washington Post on Sept. 16. Ford told the Post that Kavanaugh pinned her to a bed and attempted to remove her clothes while stifling her screams for help. Ford described the alleged incident in an emotional testimony before the committee on Thursday, seeming to choke back tears.

Ford told the Senate panel that she thought Kavanaugh was going to rape her and might accidentally kill her when he allegedly put his hand over her mouth to muffle her cries for help. 

Kavanaugh has denied the allegations brought against him by Ford, in addition to several other allegations of sexual misconduct that have surfaced against him from two other women. He is scheduled to testify before the committee on Thursday afternoon.

Ford first approached her congresswoman, California Rep. Anna EshooAnna Georges EshooHillicon Valley: US hits Huawei with new charges | Judge orders Pentagon to halt 'war cloud' work amid Amazon challenge | IRS removes guidance on Fortnite game currency Democrats criticize FCC for not taking action against DC station broadcasting Russian disinformation Gillibrand proposes creating new digital privacy agency MORE (D), about the incident in July when it was reported that Kavanaugh was on President TrumpDonald John TrumpFed saw risks to US economy fading before coronavirus spread quickened Pro-Trump super PAC hits Biden with new Spanish-language ad in Nevada Britain announces immigration policy barring unskilled migrants MORE’s shortlist for nominees to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy.

According to the Post, a letter was sent from Eshoo’s office in late July to California Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinDemocratic senators ask DOJ watchdog to expand Giuliani probe House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum Democrats bullish on bill to create women's history museum: 'It's an election year' MORE (D) detailing the allegation.

Feinstein didn’t release a statement regarding the letter until later this month after news of the letter leaked.