During the contentious confirmation hearing of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was one of Kavanaugh’s most vocal defenders on the Senate Judiciary Committee — decrying Democrats for making the hearing what he called “the most unethical sham since I’ve been in politics.”
In an extensive interview conducted by FRONTLINE’ on February 6, 2019 during the making of “Supreme Revenge,” Graham — now the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee — speaks out about why he decided to rail against Democrats in an angry defense of Kavanaugh: “And I thought this was a complete joke. I thought it was a drive-by shooting. I thought they were destroying this guy’s life.”
This extended interview is part of the FRONTLINE Transparency Project, an effort to open up the source material behind FRONTLINE’s reporting. View a version of this interview that includes an interactive text transcript, and explore dozens of other interviews shedding light on three decades of Supreme Court confirmation battles, on FRONTLINE’s website: https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/interview-collection/supreme-revenge/
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