Oklahoma Senators Call Kavanaugh Allegations 'Wild,' 'Unknown'

Thursday, September 27th 2018, 9:48 am
By: Grant Hermes

On the eve of a historic hearing for the confirmation of Supreme Court Nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Oklahoma Senators Jim Inhofe (R) and James Lankford (R) are questioning the truthfulness of the women accusing Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct.

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“Here's a guy who's guilty until proven innocent. That's not supposed to have in this. They'll take care of this in the committee,” Inhofe told reporters on Tuesday. When asked if he thought the women were making up the allegations Inhofe suggested they were being coached. "They had a little help, I have a feeling," he said.

News9/Newson6 reached out to Inhofe’s office for clarification, asking who Inhofe believes is helping the accusers, whether he is still planning to vote for Kavanaugh and could his opinion be changed by Thursday’s testimony. His office replied with a link to video of Inhofe which did not answer those questions.

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“I was disappointed that the Democrats have so thoroughly politicized his nomination,” Inhofe said in the video, reading off what appeared to be prepared a written statement. “They have withheld information from Chairman Grassley, that's chairman of the judiciary committee and his staff until the very last (sic) and then they have these wild, unsubstantiated accusations against him.”

Inhofe has been in the Senate for five previous nomination proceedings. He said Kavanaugh was the most qualified nominee he’s ever seen adding “America is going to win,” after the vote.

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Kavanaugh has been accused by five women of varying levels of sexual assault or harassment. One of the women, Dr. Christine-Blasey Ford, has accused Kavanaugh of assaulting her at a party when they were in high school. She is testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

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He’s also been accused of attempting to intoxicate and drug girls at parties in high school to rape them. A former classmate at Yale alleges Kavanaugh hung his penis in her face while she was extremely drunk in a college dorm room. Finally, two more women told Committee members about several other allegations. Those were made to Senators behind closed doors and anonymously.

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“The event happened in their life, but whether Kavanaugh was the one who was even physically there or not is a great unknown because we've got a very strong denial from Kavanaugh," Sen. James Lankford tole the Huffington Post on Tuesday, implying the accusers are misremembering being assaulted.

Lankford has not officially said he’ll be voting for Kavanaugh but said on Twitter he supports the nominee.

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"I have supported Kavanaugh since I questioned him for an hour in my office in July... I will pay close attention to the Thursday hearing to learn any new info, but my support for his nomination has not changed."