Senator Lindsey Graham has said that Brett Kavanaugh should be renominated if he fails to be confirmed to the Supreme Court. Speaking to Fox News’s Sean Hannity, Graham continued his spirited defense of Kavanaugh, which has won him the support of many Donald Trump voters.
Graham told Hannity that Republicans may be one vote short in the Senate, possibly referring to Senator Jeff Flake, who forced the GOP to open an FBI investigation into allegations against Kavanaugh. Flake has said he will vote against Kavanaugh if the judge lied to the Senate.
“Here’s what I would tell the President: I would appeal the verdict of the Senate to the ballot box,” Graham said. “This good man should not be destroyed.”
“If you legitimize this process by one vote short, we’ll be on to the next person,” Graham said, referring to any replacement nominee. “I’d hate to be the next person nominated. I would feel horrible that we destroyed Kavanaugh. So what would I do? I would renominate him and I would take this case to the American people.”
Graham suggested a kind of national tour of ‘places where Trump won’ to drum up support for Kavanaugh. Renominating a failed Supreme Court nominee is unprecedented and it is unlikely Republicans in the Senate would accept such a plan.
The FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh is ongoing and the White House yesterday gave the FBI the power to expand the scope of the inquiry. At least three women have now accused Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct, while media commentators have pointed out that he has mislead the Senate Judiciary Committee.