Graham On Impeachment Trial: "I'm Not Trying To Pretend To Be A Fair Juror Here"
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Judiciary Committee and adamant Trump supporter, announced that he will do everything in his power to quickly end the expected impeachment trial in the Republican-led Senate, according to CNN.
“This thing will come to the Senate, and it will die quickly, and I will do everything I can to make it die quickly,” the South Carolina Republican said Saturday in an interview with CNN International’s Becky Anderson.
The House Judiciary Committee on Friday approved two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump: the first article accuses Trump of abusing his power by withholding close to $400 million in military aid to pressure Ukraine’s president to investigate a political rival, while the second accuses Trump of obstructing Congress by interfering with the House’s investigative efforts.
A final vote on the House floor is expected next week, and will then move to a Senate trial.
Graham believes it to be appropriate to voice his opinion before impeachment reaches the Senate.
“I am trying to give a pretty clear signal I have made up my mind. I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here,” Graham said, adding, “What I see coming, happening today is just a partisan nonsense.”
Anderson also asked Graham if it was appropriate for an American president to solicit foreign interference in investigating political rivals.
“Now, Joe Biden is a dear friend...the bottom line is his son was receiving $50,000 a month from a gas company run by the most corrupt guy in the Ukraine and about two months after they raided the gas company’s president’s home, they fired the prosecutor,” Graham said. “Yeah, I think it’s OK to talk about this kind of stuff.”
There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens.
Graham wants the impeachment to end “for the good of the country,” adding, “I think the best thing for America to do is get this behind us.”