Chris Christie and Lindsey Graham: Make Kavanaugh Impeachment an Election Issue

By Susan Jones | October 8, 2018 | 7:55 AM EDT

Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh arrives for his first day of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his Supreme Court confirmation hearing on September 4, 2018. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

( - Brett Kavanaugh has been elevated to the U.S. Supreme Court, but some Democrats, including Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) indicate they will open new investigations into his youthful behavior and his sworn testimony if Democrats win back the House in November.

"I can't wait. I really can't," former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told ABC's "This Week" on Sunday.

Because we should put that -- that speech just then, your reporting on this and Jerry Nadler, who I know well from New York, who's out there saying absolutely we're going to impeach Brett Kavanaugh. Republicans should be running that as TV commercials for the next four weeks.

Because if what the American people believe is that by electing Democrats they're not going to get a counter-balance or a check on President Trump, but what they're going to get is two years of investigations and impeachment hearings on Brett Kavanaugh and on Donald Trump, then you're going to get ready for a Republican House and a Republican Senate.

So I think the -- the very best allies Republicans have right now are those Democrats like Jerry Nadler and others who are out there saying they're going to become the impeachment House.

In the Democrat radio address on Saturday, Rep. Nadler promised to hold "those in power" accountable: "Accountability is what has been missing under the Republicans," he said, and that includes "questions regarding the fairness and thoroughness of the investigation surrounding Judge Brett Kavanaugh."


But in a New York Times interview published on Friday, Nadler did not outright call for impeachment:

“It is not something we are eager to do,” the Times quoted him as saying. "But the Senate, having failed to do its proper constitutionally mandated job of advise and consent, we are going to have to do something to provide a check and balance, to protect the rule of law and to protect the legitimacy of one of our most important institutions.”

Appearing on ABC's "This Week," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said impeachment should be a question for voters:

I hope everyone running for the House in these purple districts will be asked the question, do you support impeaching Judge Kavanaugh based on five allegations, none of which could be corroborated? Do you want an outcome so badly that you would basically turn the law upside down?

All I can say is that this is going to the streets at the ballot box. I'm going to -- I've never campaigned against a colleague in my life. That's about to change. I'm going to go throughout this country and let people in these, you know, purple states, red states where Trump won, know what I thought, know what I think about this process.

Graham pointed to the list of conservative judges, drawn up before the 2016 presidential election, that Trump promised to use in his nomination considerations.

"There's twenty-something people on this list," Graham said. "I'm asking Chuck Schumer, name five, name three, name one that would be okay with you.

"Brett Kavanaugh was a mainstream judge I would've chosen if I had been president. Bush supported him. Everybody running for president on our side believed that Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch were outstanding conservative jurists. The other side wants to cancel the election.

"So, Chuck, if you want someone new? Look at this list and see anybody you agree to but what you want to do, Senator Schumer, is to overturn the election and you pick the judges. We're not going to let you pick the judges. If you want to pick judges, then you need to win the White House. When Obama won that, I voted for two judges that he picked. So, Chuck Schumer, name one person on this list you think is acceptable."

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