Graham promises Kavanaugh will not be impeached over 'scurrilous' allegations

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamTrump-GOP tensions over Syria show signs of easing Trump invites congressional leaders to meeting on Turkey Graham opens door to calling Hunter Biden to testify MORE (R-S.C.) said on Monday that Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughSusan Collins raises .1 million in third quarter Poll: 50 percent of Maine voters disapprove of Susan Collins's job performance Collins challenger raises .2 million in third quarter MORE won't be impeached amid a new allegation of sexual misconduct. 
 
Graham defended Kavanaugh during a string of tweets, accusing Democrats of being "willing to ruin Justice Kavanagh's life for political gain." 
 
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"As Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I promise you Justice Kavanaugh will not be impeached  over these scurrilous accusations," Graham tweeted. 
 
Republicans have rushed to defend Kavanaugh after The New York Times reported over the weekend that Max Stier, a classmate of Kavanaugh's at Yale University, alleged that Kavanaugh exposed himself at a party and that other students pushed Kavanaugh's genitals into the hand of a female student, apparently without her consent.
 
The Times has subsequently added a correction to its piece that notes that friends of the woman allegedly involved in the incident with Kavanaugh during college say she does not recall it.
 
The alleged incident has reignited a political firestorm around Kavanaugh, who was narrowly confirmed last year amid allegations of sexual misconduct and assault. Kavanaugh has denied wrongdoing.
 
Several 2020 presidential hopefuls are calling on Kavanaugh to be investigated or impeached over the new allegation. Though the House would need to pass articles of impeachment, the Senate would be responsible for his trial.
 
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerBarr to speak at Notre Dame law school on Friday The 13 House Democrats who back Kavanaugh's impeachment Ignore the hype — this is not an impeachment inquiry MORE (D-N.Y.) demurred when asked about impeaching Kavanaugh, noting that the FBI Director Christopher Wray was already expected to testify next month and that they will ask him about the FBI's investigation into the allegations against Kavanaugh. 
 
"It's too early to form a judgment one way or another. We're going to start looking into this; we're going to start with the FBI director coming in front of us next month. And we have our hands full with impeaching the president right now. And that's going to take up our limited resources and time for awhile," Nadler told WNYC's Brian Lehrer.