Cotton: Dems Engaged in 'Orchestrated Smear Campaign to Assassinate Brett Kavanaugh’s Character'

October 2, 2018

Sen. Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) lambasted Democrats on Monday for how they have treated Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and handled sexual assault allegations against him.

During an appearance on Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight," Cotton said "Democrats are engaged in an orchestrated smear campaign to assassinate Brett Kavanaugh’s character, because they’ll stop at nothing to prevent him from getting on the Supreme Court."

Cotton defended Kavanaugh's record and character before accusing Democrats of "moving the goalposts" in an effort to delay and prevent Kavanaugh from being confirmed.

"It’s very easy to defend Judge Kavanaugh," Cotton said. "He has a stellar record on the bench, he has a long and distinguished history of public service, and he has undergone six background checks ... And now, somehow, the FBI is supposed to turn up new information in just a few days to satisfy all the Democrats."

"Yet as soon as we agreed to have a limited investigation by the FBI into current credible allegations, of which I would say there are none, but to humor them and give them a few days, they immediately started moving the goalposts … it’s never going to end," Cotton said. "This isn’t about trying to get the facts or the get the proof; it’s about trying to stop Brett Kavanaugh from being confirmed to the Supreme Court. That all comes to an end this week."

President Donald Trump ordered a week-long, supplemental FBI investigation into sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh after Sen. Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) requested to delay a Senate confirmation vote on the Supreme Court nominee to allow such an investigation to take place.

Earlier on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) said the Senate would vote on Kavanaugh this week, and similarly accused the Democrats of seeking to delay and obstruct Kavanaugh's confirmation.