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Graham got people talking during the Kavanaugh hearings on Thursday too, when the committee heard from the Supreme Court nominee and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford about allegations of sexual assault.

Graham - who made headlines during Thursday's hearing for growing furious with Senate Democrats and blasting them for orchestrating a "sham" - said Sunday that he would demand an investigation into "what happened in this committee".

"God helps us all as Republicans", Graham said to reporters. You should be ashamed...

Graham's defenses of Kavanaugh echo those of President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly called his nominee an "outstanding" person and slammed the allegations as a "con job" by Democrats to derail his confirmation.

Graham chastised Democrats on the committee Thursday for what he saw as unfair treatment of the nominee: "What you want is to destroy this guy's life, hold his seat open, and hope you win (the presidency) in 2020".

"I think he's highly qualified", Graham asserted.

In the past, most Supreme Court nominations weren't almost as polarizing.

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 had been, at one time, one of the most prominent Republican critics of the president.

"And if you really wanted to know the truth, you sure as hell wouldn't have done what you've done to this guy". "That's what happened to me, and that's what you are telling all women in America - that they don't matter". He said before the vote that he, in agreement with Democrats, would be calling for a one-week delay to allow the FBI to investigate.

While Ford's testimony was compelling and her countenance likable - Hatch called her "attractive" and a good witness - her testimony did not appear to dramatically alter the political dynamic on his confirmation vote.

"Whoever betrayed her trust to remain anonymous, I hope we find you."

Graham also went out of his way to claim that Kavanaugh isn't a "stumbling, bumbling drunk" or a real rapist like Bill Cosby.

"If you vote no, you're legitimizing the most despicable thing I've seen in my time in politics", he said. "I don't know when and where, but it wasn't Brett Kavanaugh".

The events of that hearing can only add to the country's divisions, with many liberals and progressives seeing Republicans as unsympathetic to alleged victims of sexual abuse and Republicans agreeing with Kavanaugh and Graham's cartoonish depiction of Democrats as a lynch mob that could care less about due process.