Graham (1998): Senators Should Withhold Judgment On Impeachment Until Trial Ends
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said on Saturday that he is “not trying to pretend to be a fair juror” when it comes to the impeachment of President Donald Trump, but the Republican was singing a wholly different tune when President Bill Clinton faced impeachment.
In 1998, then-Rep. Graham urged his colleagues in the Senate to withhold judgment on the Democratic president’s guilt until the facts had been presented and the trial was finished.
“I have a duty far greater than just getting to the next election,” Graham said at the time. “Members of the Senate have said, ‘I understand everything there is about this case, and I won’t vote to impeach the president.’ Please allow the facts to do the talking…. Don’t decide the case before the case’s end.”
Now that it is Trump’s presidency on the line, Graham has done a complete one-eighty: "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."
What a difference 20 years makes.