'What are you hiding?' Amy Klobuchar accuses GOP of rushing Kavanaugh vote before more evidence drops
Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) (Screen cap).

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) gave a blistering statement on Friday in which she accused Senate Republicans of ramming through a vote on Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh while pretending that accuser Christine Blasey Ford's testimony never happened.


"When it happens, you don't just put it under the rug," she said. "For so many years, this is what happened to claims like these: They were just swept under the rug."

Klobuchar pointed the finger at her Republican colleagues, whom she accused of trying to cover for Kavanaugh without a serious investigation of the charges.

"What are you hiding?" she asked. "What would it hurt? If Judge Kavanaugh is so sure that he has this corroborating evidence, and what this calendar means, and what these things mean, then what is he afraid of if we just spend one week looking at the evidence?"

She then took apart Republicans' charges that Democrats were simply trying to stall Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court by noting that they showed no similar urgency when former President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court in 2016.

"When I heard the sanctimonious talk about some kind of 'political strategy,' well, I'll give you Exhibit A: Merrick Garland, who was delayed for nearly ten months," she said. "You talk about a nominee getting off the floor, when all we're asking for is one week for an investigation. And you kept Merrick Garland away from this committee for ten months. That's not even a comparison."