A former Republican congressman unloaded on Senator Lindsey Graham and his refusal to read the transcripts of witnesses in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump.
David Jolly, a vocal Trump critic and former Florida lawmaker who left the GOP last year, blasted the South Carolina Republican during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Tuesday, suggesting Graham should resign if he will not do his job.
Earlier Tuesday, Graham had dismissed newly released testimony from U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland as a “bunch of BS” and said he would not read it.
“I don’t know about this guy, Lindsey Graham, I think he’s capable of saying anything,” MSNBC host Chris Matthews said after playing several clips of the GOP lawmaker.
“I think Lindsey Graham should resign if he’s not going to do his job,” Jolly responded.
“He’s the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and he said he’s not going to take the time to look at the facts of an allegation against the president of the United States that he worked with a foreign nation to corrupt the domestic elections in 2020,” he continued.
“If Lindsey Graham is unwilling to do his job, he needs to quit the United States Senate and he should hand in his bar license to the state of South Carolina,” Jolly added. “We will never understand why Lindsey Graham has abandoned the convictions of old but instead chosen to embrace Donald Trump.”
Graham has defended the president and his assertion that there was no quid pro quo in his July phone call with the Ukraine president, in which Democrats have claimed he was allegedly holding military aid in exchange for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
Sondland’s testimony, released Tuesday by House committees leading the impeachment inquiry, was revised and showed that there was allegedly a quid pro quo involving $400 million of US military aid to Ukraine.
“I’ve written the whole process off … I think this is a bunch of BS,” Graham told a reporter on Tuesday when asked if he would read the revised testimony.
Jolly’s criticism of the South Carolina lawmaker extended to others in his former party, as he slammed the GOP for “lying to the American people.”
“A lie is much easier to sell to the American people than the truth is,” he said. “A lie can be sexy. Look what they did around the Mueller report: ‘No obstruction, no collusion.’ When we actually know there was obstruction.”
He went on to praise Democrats for their handling of the impeachment proceedings, saying they “have the facts on their side.”
“And kudos to the Democrats for leaning in on this,” Jolly told Matthews. “You are hearing them use words like betrayal, bribery, you are seeing them talk to the press each day because they have the facts on their side.”
“In the face of a Republican Party led by Donald Trump and Lindsay Graham who are lying to the American people, who are saying that truth doesn’t matter, Democrats have to be able to sell the American people on the damming truth that the president conducted or committed impeachable behavior,” he added.