Lindsey Graham Calls On GOP To Block Impeachment Inquiry, Says ‘Rudy’s Got a Story To Tell’
Appearing on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that he is sending a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) warning that Senate Republicans won’t impeach President Trump over his call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
During the interview, Graham said that he was going to ask other Senate Republicans to sign a letter to Pelosi saying that they “do not believe the transcript of the phone call between the president and the Ukraine is an impeachable offense.”
“They’re about to destroy the nation for no good reason,” Graham said. “And I want Nancy Pelosi to know that Republican senators are not going to impeach this president based on this transcript, so she can stop now before she destroys the country.”
Democrats are in the early stages of an impeachment inquiry centered on Trump asking the Ukrainian government to work with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden as well as allegations that the president attempted to withhold aid to Ukraine in an effort to get Kiev to launch such a probe.
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,” Trump told Zelensky in the July 25 call.
The White House sent a letter to Pelosi and the House committee chairmen overseeing the investigation saying it would refuse to cooperate with the probe, calling it a “constitutionally invalid” investigation of a duly elected president.
Graham, who is one of Trump’s most vocal allies on Capitol Hill, blasted House Democrats on Wednesday, saying they couldn’t “care less about fairness.”
“You have to have a vote to make it legitimate,” he added.
Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, announced on Tuesday that he is going to invite Giuliani to testify before his panel. The decision marked a turnaround for Graham, who had previously called for an investigation into “all things Ukraine” but said it needed to come from outside of Congress.
“I think Rudy’s got a story to tell. I want him to tell it in my committee. He’d be respectfully treated,” Graham said during the Fox News interview. “At the end of the day, I am going to shed a light on all things Ukraine.”
Lindsey Graham, before a Senate trial even happens, says Trump did nothing wrong and says he's going to send a letter to @SpeakerPelosi begging her to stop the impeachment inquiry which he claims will "destroy the country." pic.twitter.com/dfvU37DWLp
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 9, 2019