Graham Believes Only Democratic Presidents Should Be Held To Account By Congress
Bill Kristol on Twitter
“Lindsey Graham explains that a president stonewalling Congressional oversight is an impeachable offense. https://t.co/tv88AilKUJ”
Back in 1998, when former President Bill Clinton faced impeachment proceedings, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) said a president can be impeached for failing to comply with congressional oversight.
Of course, Clinton was a Democrat, but now that a Republican sits in the White House — one who has openly declared he would defy congressional subpoenas — Graham’s tune has changed.
As Newsweek noted at the time, President Donald Trump said in April that he would not cooperate with Congress’ attempts to conduct oversight, telling reporters, "We're fighting all the subpoenas. These aren't, like, impartial people. The Democrats are trying to win 2020."
But Graham has stood unwaveringly by the president.
What did he have to say in 1998?
"The day Richard Nixon failed to answer that subpoena is the day he was subject to impeachment because he took the power from Congress over the impeachment process away from Congress, and he became the judge and jury.”