Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford testify on sex assault allegations
Sen. Lindsey Graham, speaking to reporters at a break, expressed his frustration with the allegations that have threatened to derail Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation and shared a warning, "Let me tell my democratic friends, if this is the new norm, you better watch out for your nominees."
Here's his full remark:
As Senator Lindsey Graham was heading to the elevator after a lengthy and angry exchange with us reporters trailing him in the hallway, a young woman approached him. She was waiting for him by the elevator.
This was their exchange we saw and heard on video:
Woman: “Senator Graham, I was raped 13 years ago.”
Graham: “I’m so sorry.”
Woman: “I don’t remember the exact date, but do you believe me?”
Graham: “You needed to go to the cops. Go to the cops.”
See the moment:
Rachel Mitchell, the lawyer who is asking questions for the Senate Republicans on the committee, again asked Christine Blasey Ford about the polygraph test she took in August and who paid for it.
One of her lawyers, Debra Katz, jumped in.
"Her lawyers have paid for her polygraph," Katz said.
"As is routine," another one of her lawyers added.
"As is routine," Katz repeated.
The halls and elevators of the Dirksen Senate Office Building are full of protesters, sending silent messages scrawled on tape, signs and their bodies.
Outside, protesters - -and Kavanaugh supporters -- are much more vocal.
CNN affiliate WJLA's Richard Reeve captured the back and forth.
South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, casting doubt on Ford's allegation, told reporters that he still thinks the committee should vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination Friday after today's testimony.
Graham later added:
Former Republican senator and presidential candidate Rick Santorum responded to the morning testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, saying she seemed "authentic."
"Just watching her, she seems authentic," Santorum said, "And that's a big problem for Brett Kavanuagh ... Sometimes pawns can take kings."
Christine Blasey Ford said she's not sure who paid for the lie detector test she took in August. Rachel Mitchell, who's asking questions for the Senate Republicans on the committee, asked her about it:
Mitchell: Did you pay for the polygraph yourself?
Ford: I don’t think so.
Mitchell: Do you know who did?
Ford: Not yet, no.