Graham: Klobuchar owes Kavanaugh an apology for being part of a 'smear campaign'

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump: Anonymous news sources are 'bulls---' Trump: 'Good chance' Dems give immigration 'win' after Pelosi called White House plan 'dead on arrival' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition — Trump: GOP has `clear contrast' with Dems on immigration MORE (R-S.C.) said late Tuesday that Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharMomentum builds behind push to pass laws enshrining abortion rights Poll: Biden is only Dem candidate that beats Trump outside of margin of error O'Rourke endorses progressive criminal justice priorities MORE (D-Minn.) owes Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh an apology for being part of a "smear campaign" launched against him. 

"This is the one that bothers me the most. [Kavanugh] apologized to Amy Klobuchar for snapping at her. What would you do if you were accused of all these things, had your life ruined?" Graham asked on Fox News, referencing the exchange between Kavanaugh and Klobuchar last week as he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

“Here’s what I think,” Graham add. “Amy Klobuchar should apologize to Kavanaugh and his family for being part of a smear campaign that I haven’t seen for over 20 years in politics.” 

The comments from Graham came days after Kavanaugh and Klobuchar engaged in a heated exchange as he testified about a sexual assault allegation brought against him by Christine Blasey Ford. Ford alleges Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a high school party in the 1980s. He has denied all allegations against him.

Klobuchar asked Kavanaugh if he had ever consumed so much alcohol that he blacked out.

But Kavanaugh turned the question around and asked the Minnesota senator, “Have you?”

Kavanaugh later apologized for the response, saying that the process had been especially tough on him. 

Klobuchar said she appreciated the apology. But she slammed his temperament a day later, saying that if she “was in [Kavanaugh's] courtroom and acted like that, he would have thrown me out.”

Graham has repeatedly denounced Democrats for how they have handled sexual misconduct allegations brought against Kavanaugh. He said earlier this week that "taking Kavanaugh down would unleash forces from the darkest side of American politics in perpetuity."

He's also claimed that Democratic senators in red states will be "toast" if they vote against Kavanaugh. 

The FBI is currently conducting an investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Kavanaugh. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money: Treasury rejects Dem subpoena for Trump tax returns | Companies warn trade war about to hit consumers | Congress, White House to launch budget talks next week | Trump gets deal to lift steel tariffs on Mexico, Canada Schumer calls on McConnell to hold vote on Equality Act House Dem cites transgender grandson in voting for Equality Act MORE (R-Ky.) has said that a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation will take place this week.