Graham: Kavanaugh will get through

Graham also touted the upcoming confirmation of Greenville resident Judge Quattlebaum

Evan Smith
August 06, 2018 - 8:32 pm

Sen. Lindsey Graham assured an audience on Monday that Supreme Court Justice nominee Brent Kavanaugh is “absolutely” going to be confirmed to the Supreme Court.

“Elections do have consequences,” Graham said. “Kavanaugh will get through, don’t worry about that.”

Speaking alongside Congressman Jeff Duncan at the Greenville County Republican Party’s “Washington Night,” Graham noted the sweep of Conservative judges confirmed during the tenure of the Trump administration.

In the past two years, the United States Senate has confirmed 51 judges nominated by the president, including 26 Circuit Court judges.

“We’re going to be in session this August,” Graham added, “and we’re going to continue dealing with judges.”

On a local note, Graham promised that area resident and federal district court judge Marvin Quattlebaum will be confirmed to the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina a week from Wednesday, alongside Columbia resident and federal prosecutor Julias “Jay” Richardson. Richardson is best known for serving as lead prosecutor in the government’s case against Dylann Roof, who was sentenced to death last year for the murder of nine black parishioners in a historical Charleston church.

The event also gave Graham and Duncan a chance to speak to constituents, who posed questions related to the Mueller investigation, gun control, the state of mainstream media, and support for the president, among other topics.

“A lot of the vitriol [against the president] is coming from the mainstream media, not the people on the ground,” Duncan said. “The folks all over South Carolina appreciate what the president is doing: putting Americans to work, lessening our dependence on government, and putting the world on notice that America is going to be bigger, stronger than ever.”

“And we have a robust economy to boot,” Duncan added.

As for Graham’s tendency to criticize the president over issues like Russian hacking and his harsher attacks against the media, the senator agreed that there were many aspects on which he and the president disagreed.

“But I’ll say this: I’ve never had more access to a president than I do with President Trump,” Graham said. “So I can come out here and I can say exactly what some of you would want me to say.  But what good am I to you if I tell you something I don’t mean just to make you feel better, or to make you like me more?”

On the topic of the Mueller investigation and possible Trump-Russia collusion, Graham was succinct:

“I don’t think Trump colludes with his own government,” he joked, “let alone the Russians.”

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