WASHINGTON — Sen. Lindsey Graham, one of the Senate’s most vocal supporters of Brett Kavanaugh, said Tuesday that President Donald Trump should renominate the judge as his Supreme Court pick if he fails to receive Senate confirmation this week.
In a statement, Graham said that postponing the vote would “in-effect- be appealing the Senate’s verdict directly to the American people.”
“The midterm elections are only 35 days away and a new group of senators may view Judge Kavanaugh’s nomination very differently after hearing from voters in their states,” Graham said.
Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearings wrapped last month, but his once sure-fire ascension to the high court was thrown into doubt after three women publicly accused him of sexual assault or sexually inappropriate behavior.
The nominee has vehemently denied each allegation, culminating in his emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a hearing on Thursday.
On Friday, Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) called for a one-week FBI investigation into the charges as a condition for moving the nominee’s confirmation process forward, a proposal that the president has accepted.
On Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) reiterated his assertions on the Senate floor that Kavanaugh will face an up-or-down vote this week.