Senator Lindsey Graham has no shortage of excuses for President Donald Trump’s behavior, and the South Carolina’s latest justification for defending the president is pretty much an insult.
According to RawStory, Graham suggested to reporters that Trump is not competent enough to engage in a criminal conspiracy, saying.”
“It depends on who you talked to. They seemed to be incapable of forming a quid pro quo,” the lawmaker added. “So, no, I find the whole process to be a sham.”
Previously, Graham defended the president by insisting he saw no evidence of a quid pro quo in Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s president — despite a rough transcript of the call showing that Trump asked Ukraine’s president for a favor.
That favor involved launching investigations into Trump’s domestic political opponents.
Graham told Axios last month: “Sure. I mean … show me something that … is a crime. If you could show me that, you know, Trump actually was engaging in a quid pro quo, outside the phone call, that would be very disturbing.”
Now that Gordon Sondland, ambassador to the European Union, has revised his earlier testimony to indicate he did in fact tell a Ukrainian official that U.S. military aid was likely tied to those investigations, Graham has been forced to change tack.