The Tennessean: Lamar Alexander: Brett Kavanaugh went through 'inquisition' arranged by Democrats

Posted on October 9, 2018

The Tennessean: Lamar Alexander: Brett Kavanaugh went through 'inquisition' arranged by Democrats

October 7, 2018 
https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/politics/2018/10/07/kavanaugh-went-through-inquisition-arranged-democrats-tennessee-senator-lamar-alexander/1558798002/

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander defended theconfirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court on "Meet the Press" Sunday morning, and called the questioning of the court's newest justice amid decades-old sexual assault allegations an "inquisition" that was "arranged by the Democrats." 

The interview came a day after a 50-48 vote for Kavanaugh, who was nominated by President Donald Trump in July.

Alexander and Sen. Bob Corker were among the 49 Republican senators who all voted to confirm Kavanaugh, with every Democratic senator voting against except Joe Manchin, D-W.Va. 

Alexander was asked about concerns of public confidence in Kavanaugh following contentious hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee that focused on allegations of sexual assault by Christine Blasey Ford and Kavanaugh's yearbook, which raised questions about his alcohol consumption during high school. 

“It'd be hard to have public confidence, if you go through an inquisition, like he did, arranged by the Democrats," Alexander told "Meet the Press" moderator Chuck Todd. 

"And it would be fundamentally unfair to allow people to make accusations against someone and, by simply doing that, destroy their reputation and their opportunity to serve in public life."

In the last week, Alexander said he read six FBI reports between 1993 and 2018 about Kavanaugh and said 150 people were interviewed. Every interviewee was asked if Kavanaugh had any history of alcohol abuse, and each one said no, Alexander said. 

“If you’d read like I did the six FBI investigations of him over 25 years and see, not just the bad things that were not said about him, but the remarkably good things that were said about him, you would be very glad he’s on the Supreme Court,” Alexander said. 

"There was no evidence by any of these people of behavior that had anything to do with sexual impropriety." 

While Kavanaugh's confirmation has fueled a deep divide between Republicans and Democrats throughout the country, it's had a different effect on Tennessee's open U.S. Senate race. 

Republican U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn and former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen, both of whom are vying for the seat held by Corker, said last week they supported Kavanaugh's nomination, and would have voted in favor of his confirmation. 

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