Graham told Democrats. "What you want to do is destroy this guy's life, hold this seat open and hope you win in 2020".
Before Swirling approached Graham, the South Carolina Republican lamented the scrutiny that Kavanaugh has faced following the allegations.
"I've never sexually assaulted anyone, not in high school, not in college, not ever", Kavanaugh told the panel.
"If you wanted an FBI investigation, you could have come to us!"
"I hope the American people can see through this sham", he added.
During Thursday's hearing, senators have had the option to hand off their questioning to Rachel Mitchell, a career prosecutor with decades of experience prosecuting sex crimes. "I have not asked that question directly".
Returning his glare to Kavanaugh, he said: "You're looking for a fair process?"
Cotton also noted they are investigating Ford's lawyers, who failed to tell their client that the Senate Judiciary Committee offered to meet her in California for a private testimony, so she wouldn't have to face her fear of flying and board a plane to Washington.
Graham also went out of his way to claim that Kavanaugh isn't a "stumbling, bumbling drunk" or a real rapist like Bill Cosby. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Debra Katz, one of Ford's attorneys who has been involved in Democratic politics in the past. "God bless him", Sanders tweeted.
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He also noted that no recourse was provided to a woman against her husband who engages in sexual relations outside marriage. Some northern states in Nigeria practise capital punishment for adultery, rape and homosexuality.
Graham relayed the same message to Republicans while speaking with reporters earlier in the day. She made the case that Graham keeps talking about his confirmation votes in support of Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan because he considered them qualified nominees, even if much of his party wasn't pleased with his decision.
"Somebody betrayed her trust for a political goal", Graham told ABC's "This Week".
Graham, of SC, is a Trump ally who is on the panel.
The most powerful moment came when Prof Ford was asked what most stays in her memory from the attack, and she said it was the laughter: Kavanaugh and his friend Mark Judge, laughing as she was gripped by terror. Scarborough, a former Florida congressman who left the GOP in response to Trump's presidency, has been consistently critical of the way Republicans have handled Ford's allegations-asserting that they should have demanded a full FBI investigation the minute she went public.
Graham: I do to her, only to her. He suggested a rejection of Kavanaugh's nomination based on these allegations would set a bad precedent as well.
"They have to do what they think is right", he said at the White House.