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

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony US defense chief says Taliban deal 'looks very promising' but not without risk Lawmakers wary as US on cusp of initial deal with Taliban MORE (R-S.C.) said late Tuesday that Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy Jean KlobucharJoe Biden lost his fastball — can he get it back before South Carolina? Where the 2020 Democrats stand on taxes Judd Gregg: Bloomberg rising 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.” 

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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 McConnellSenate braces for fight over impeachment whistleblower testimony Trump declares war on hardworking Americans with new budget request The Hill's Morning Report — AG Barr, GOP senators try to rein Trump in MORE (R-Ky.) has said that a vote on Kavanaugh's confirmation will take place this week.