In 1999, Graham Was In Favor Of Witness Testimony At Senate Impeachment Trials


Sen. Lindsey Graham thought witnesses were needed to find the truth during Bill Clinton's impeachment. Now, not so much.

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) supports Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s decision to forego witness testimony during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, but he held the opposite conviction during President Bill Clinton’s impeachment trial in 1999.

Graham said at the time that “the only way you’ll know how criminal [the president’s behavior] is to hear the people that were there. It doesn’t jump off the page.”

When the impeached president was a Democrat, Graham believed witness testimony was necessary to make the most informed decision on removal from office: “We’re looking to get the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth and make a decision for the country that’s a good, sound decision. And I think you need witnesses to do that,” he said.

Now that it is Trump facing possible removal, the lawmaker’s tune has changed on virtually every aspect — including allowing witnesses at trial.

“I don't really need to hear a lot of witnesses,” Graham said last month of reaching his decision on impeachment. He went on to state that he is ready to acquit the president without hearing further evidence in the case against Trump.

Watch Graham’s 1999 remarks:


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