During his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday afternoon, Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh had a particularly firey exchange with Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), top Democrat on the committee.
“All three of these women have asked the FBI to investigate their claims. I listened carefully to what you said,” Feinstein said. “Your concern is evident and clear. And if you’re very confident of your position, and you appear to be, why aren’t you also asking the FBI to investigate these claims?”
“Senator, I’ll do whatever the committee wants. I wanted a hearing the day after the allegation came up,” Kavanaugh responded. “I wanted to be here that day.”
“Instead, 10 days passed where all this nonsense is coming out, you know, that I’m in gangs, I’m on boats in Rhode Island, I’m in Colorado, you know, I’m sighted all over the place,” said Kavanaugh, who apparently mixed up his allegations of “gang rape” with being in an actual criminal gang.
Feinstein went on to explain that the hearings are not set by her, but by the majority, the Republicans, and that she simply wanted the FBI to interview his accusers for evidence.
“You’re interviewing me. You’re interviewing me,” Kavanaugh said forcefully, interrupting Feinstein. “You’re doing it, senator.”
Feinstein paused and asked Kavanaugh if he denies the sexual misconduct allegations made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, Deborah Ramirez, and Julie Swetnik.
“That is emphatically what I’m saying. Emphatically. The Swetnick thing is a joke,” Kavanaugh said. “That is a farce.”
When asked by Feinstein if he wanted to say more about it, Kavanaugh replied “no” with a sneer, and leaned back in his chair.