Hours before Sen. Jeff Flake called for a federal investigation, Upstate protestors rallied in favor of the FBI investigating the sexual assault allegations made against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
“Investigate Kavanaugh or are you too afraid” read one sign at a protest outside Sen. Lindsey Graham’s office in Downtown Greenville on Friday.
“In this scenario specifically I would just like an investigation,” said protestor and concerned mother Eva Mady. “We need to know what’s going on, before our Senators probably feel better about voting yes or no.”
Mady’s views mirror those of at least two Judiciary Committee members who’ve asked for a federal investigation into sexual assault allegations made against Kavanaugh. Mady tells 7News it’s what many people have wanted since first learning about the accusations.
“I’m ready for some justice here,” Mady said.
“I believe you are either standing with the accusers or you are standing with the victims. Either way please make a stand,” said South Carolina State House District 19 Democratic candidate Carrie Counton.
Political Analyst Chip Felkel tells 7News the divide, caused by the Kavanaugh confirmation, really lies in the way the hearing was presented.
“The Senate isn’t set up for… there is no judge and jury,” Felkel said. “The judge and jury here are going to be those votes.”
The Republican Political Analyst says because the allegations were leaked at the 11th hour, he thinks it’s a political stunt.
“My opinion is, if there was going to be an FBI investigation Sen. [Dianne] Feinstein should have come forward sooner with the letter and then action could have been taken in due process.” Felkel told 7News.
Felkel says it still needs to be taken seriously. He tells 7News the judiciary committee’s next move is critical, because their decision will have a long-term effect.
“If he is confirmed, how does that effect the November election?” Felkel said.
President Donald Trump has requested the FBI launch an investigation into Kavanaugh at the request of the Senate Judiciary Committee.