Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation process was just as much of a roller coaster behind the scenes as it was in public, according to a report in The New York Times.
But a claim by Julie Swetnick that Kavanaugh and others in the early 1980s spiked the drinks of girls at high school parties with intoxicants to make it easier for them to be gang raped was a "turning point," according to Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
"That allegation was so over the top, it created a moment that was scary, quite frankly. But that moment was quickly replaced by disgust," Graham said.
Questions about the trustworthiness of Swetnick's lawyer, Michael Avenatti, also factored into the discussion, the Times reports. Avenatti also represets Stormy Daniels, the porn star who claims to have had a sexual relationship with President Donald Trump/
The Times report said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's push for President Donald Trump to stick with Kavanaugh, whose hearing was marred and drawn out because of sexual misconduct allegations and questions about his integrity, and White House counsel Don McGahn's instruction to the judge to push back hard on those accusations, helped boost Kavanaugh's shot.
Kavanaugh was confirmed on Saturday by a slim, 50-48 vote, bringing the dramatic confirmation fight to a close. His nomination was pushed back by an FBI probe into the misconduct allegations following the testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, one of his accusers. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., requested the FBI investigation after he was approached by protestors who told him of their sexual abuse stories.
But McConnell said protestors' tactics "completely backfired."
"Harassing members at their homes, crowding the halls with people acting horribly, the effort to humiliate us really helped me unify my conference. So I want to thank these clowns for all the help they provided."
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