Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Thursday took to the Senate floor to question the GOP’s response to the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh, who has been accused by eight women of sexual misconduct.
Graham said that the Senate should be “in a position to examine the facts of this allegation and to consider what is appropriate to do in response to it.”
The Senate Ethics Committee is investigating allegations that Kavanaugh inappropriately touched a teenage girl during a party in 1980.
Graham has not said whether he believes the allegations are credible, but has said he wants the Senate to “investigate thoroughly and thoroughly” and to determine whether Kavanaugh is “fit to serve.”
Graham said the GOP has a “responsibility” to investigate Kavanaugh and to “ask hard questions” about the allegations.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Friday called on Republicans to come together on sexual assault and the Democratic Party needs to “step up and take leadership on this issue.”
“When women are assaulted in our country, it hurts the entire country.
The American people have a right to know that we have taken action on this, we have investigated it thoroughly and have acted,” Schumer said on the Senate Floor.
Graham was one of the first Republican senators to publicly come out in support of the Democratic response to Kavanaugh’s accusers, after Sen. Al Franken resigned his post over the allegations in the wake of a slew of sexual assault allegations.
Schumer said that Democrats should also be “leading in making sure that all victims get justice.”
The Senate Ethics panel is expected to issue its findings in the coming days, with the panel’s chairman, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D) of Minnesota, expected to release a report later in the week.
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