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Sen. Graham isn't buying the claim that Dr. Ford's friends leaked the letter.

Graham told Kavanaugh: "She's as much of a victim as you are".

Kavanaugh wasn't just unbelievable in the outrageous and obvious lies he told, he was deeply unlikeable, alternating between entitled rage and sniveling about how hard the process has been.for him. He took deep breaths and lengthy sips of water to gain his composure.

Jabbing his finger, the senator said, "You've said that".

"The constant drumbeat by Republicans that sexual battery allegations against Brett Kavanaugh were mishandled is clearly an effort to discredit the women who have come forward over the past couple weeks", Ms. Feinstein said. John Kennedy and Lindsey Graham whether the Federal Bureau of Investigation could unearth anything that would lead them to change their minds.

Meanwhile, some Republicans want their own investigation into how accuser Christine Blasey Ford's letter about Kavanaugh was leaked to the media.

During her testimony, Ford, now 51, said of Kavanaugh, "I believed he was going to rape me". Democrats and Republicans - and Kavanaugh himself - sparred over explosive allegations that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted an acquaintance while both were teenagers.

"What you want to do is destroy this guy's life, hold this seat open and hope you win in 2020", Graham said.

"I know I'm a single white man from SC and I've been told to shut up but I will not shut up", Graham boomed to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

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Flake said he would "only be comfortable moving on the floor until the FBI has done more investigation than they have already". But she stressed that experience as an activist does not matter in situations like her confrontation with Flake.

"I hope the American people can see through this sham", he added. Later throughout the hearing, several more Democrats would do the same, but Kavanaugh wouldn't answer.

On Friday, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., also on the panel, voted to advance Kavanaugh's nomination to the full Senate with a one-week delay to allow a FBI investigation of the accusations against him.

Graham's comments seemed to buck up Kavanaugh's mood.

Angrily jabbing his finger towards his Democratic colleagues, Graham urged his camp to close ranks behind Donald Trump's embattled nominee - whose confirmation will hinge on a handful of Republican votes in the Senate.

Turning to Kavanaugh, he asked, "Do you consider this a job interview?"

"They have to do what they think is right", he said at the White House.

Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also tweeted her support for Graham's words.

Republican senators gathered for a closed-door meeting after the hearing and gave Graham a round of applause.

Kavanaugh's testimony "had key gaps in substance and credibility", said Sen. "He did a good job".


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