Sen. Lindsey Graham blasted Democrats for their “un-American” impeachment inquiry against President Trump and believes Americans should be worried “about the future of the presidency.”
The South Carolina Republican slammed the “sham” process by Democrats in an appearance on Fox News Thursday on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”
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“Everybody in America deserves due process, including Donald Trump,” Graham said. “What’s happening in the House should worry every American about the future of the presidency.”
He called out the process with interviews being conducted behind closed doors and the president not being allowed to confront his accusers.
“Every American should be bothered by what they are doing to President Trump,” Graham told Fox News host Martha MacCallum, explaining that the resolution he introduced Thursday was calling on House Democrats to “embrace the process that was given to President Clinton.”
“The ability to call witnesses on your behalf and to ask questions of your accusers and by the way, who is the whistle-blower and what is their bias?” Graham continued. “Yeah, I was fired up because whether you like President Trump or not, what they are doing to him is basically un-American.”
Earlier, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman had announced his resolution formally condemning House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry. He accused Democrats of leaking testimony and statements from their closed-door hearings while they refused to give Republicans the chance to cross-examine witnesses.
“If we were doing this, you’d be beating the sh– out of us,” Graham told a reporter at a news conference on Thursday. “And, I think it says a lot about people in your business, with all due respect.”
“We’re not telling the House they can’t impeach the president. What we’re telling the House is, there’s a right way to do it, and a wrong way to do it. … This is one part legal, and two parts politics,” he said.
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“When you’re talking about removing the president of the United States, seems to me you’d want to have a process that’s consistent with who we are as Americans and consistent with what Bill Clinton was allowed to do, Richard Nixon was allowed to do,” Graham said at the news conference.
“And the process in the House today I think is a danger to the future of the presidency,” he added. “Because if you can drive down your president’s poll numbers by having proceedings where you selectively leak information where the president, who is the subject of all of this, is pretty much shut out, God help future presidents.”
MacCallum asked Graham during his Fox News appearance about his contention that the impeachment process with Trump is being handled very differently than that for Clinton.
“In October 1998, the House as a whole voted to open up an inquiry. We had 31 Democrats on record authorizing the House to hold hearings. We did have depositions. But President Clinton was included completely,” Graham explained. “The bottom line is, you can have depositions outside of public but the entire impeachment process was in public.”
“This is a shadow substitute. A transparent process was shot down and you got now, I think a closed-door process,” he said. “All the difference in the world.”
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