Senator Lindsey Graham says he’s ready to vote against removing Trump from office in a Senate trial, without ever allowing Trump or anyone else to call witnesses. Thus, Graham leaves no illusion that he will ever uphold Senate rules to swear an oath of “impartial justice according to the Constitution and the laws,” according to Axios.
“I think what’s best for the country is to get this thing over with. I have clearly made up my mind. I’m not trying to hide the fact that I have disdain for the accusations in the process. So I don’t need any witnesses. … I am ready to vote on the underlying articles. I don’t really need to hear a lot of witnesses.”
— Lindsey Graham
At another point in a Face the Nation interview, Graham makes it clear why he thinks Trump should not call witnesses. He wants to jump to acquittal without the chance for Americans to hear from witnesses like Vice President Pence or other White House officials.
“Well, I’d tell the President if somebody is ready to acquit ya, I’d sorta get outta the way,” said Graham in his southern drawl.
Face the Nation host, Margaret Brennan then presented Graham with his own words during the impeachment trial of President Clinton in January 1999. (see video below)
“All I ask for is a chance to do it meaningful. [sic] If you have one day and you’re stuck with a judiciary report, I don’t think history will judge the Senate well. If they decide to acquit the President, there needs to be a record, well-developed where both sides had a chance to prove their case,” said Graham back then.
Graham is clear, jumping to acquit would not be fair. Plain and simple…
“So I hope we have a trial that’s meaningful, that will withstand historical scrutiny, that will follow the precedence of the past. I’ve never known an impeachment trial without a witness and just lasting one day to present the case for the House. That’s frankly not fair,” said Graham.
Brennan asked Grahm, “Why have your standards for Senate trial changed?”
Graham responded by deflecting to discussing the Mueller investigations and suggesting Trump was not allowed to “participate meaningful [sic]” in the House hearings, which is false. On December 6, 2019, NBC News reported that the White House rejected the invitation to take part in impeachment hearings before the House Judiciary Committee.
“I have nothing but disdain for this,” Graham said.
Graham’s disdain, like the contempt shown by the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee, is an irrelevant distraction and merely emphasizes partisan bias.
Similarly, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is trending on Twitter as #MoscowMitchMcConnell after he publicly stated that he would have “total coordination” with the White House during the impeachment process. McConnell also said there is “zero chance” Trump would be removed from office before ever hearing the evidence. So much for his oath and for impartial justice?
The real reason for a quick acquittal?
It seems that these Republican Senators are terrified of the prospect that Trump will incriminate himself if he chooses to call witnesses or, God forbid, appear himself in a Senate trial. Instead, Graham and McConnell want to acquit Trump immediately, which robs America of an impartial hearing of all the evidence.
If Trump is so innocent, let’s hear from him and let’s see what top White House officials have to say.
Americans must rise up and call on their representatives now because if not, the Republican-controlled Senate is ready to violate their oaths to the people.
That’s not how impeachment works. That’s not how any of this works…
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