Graham: 'Brett Kavanaugh lived a life we should all be proud of'

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“Brett Kavanaugh lived a life we should all be proud of,” said Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “He worked hard, and the way he was treated was the worst experience I’ve had in politics. A lot of people would have pulled the plug on him. Mr. President, thank you for not pulling the plug.”

Graham sat on the Judiciary panel last October when Kavanaugh faced a brutal confirmation process that was marked by multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.

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Christine Blasey Ford, who testified during his hearing, said Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her at a house party in 1982, while another woman alleged that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her when they were in college. 

The confirmation process divided the Senate and the nation as the allegations against Kavanaugh made national headlines for several consecutive days. He was ultimately confirmed by a 50-48 Senate vote.

Graham was one of Kavanaugh’s chief cheerleaders during the hearings, saying Democrats were trying to derail his path to the Supreme Court and fabricate allegations to hurt the president.