Lindsey Graham On Impeachment Trial: ‘End This Crap As Quickly As Possible’
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has become an ardent defender of President Donald Trump, said on Wednesday that he wants the Senate impeachment trial to end as quickly as possible and hopes it will be wrapped up before Trump’s State of the Union address, according to The Hill.
Speaking with Fox News host Sean Hannity — another of Trump’s staunch allies — Graham said, "The best thing for the American people is to end this crap as quickly as possible, to have a trial in the Senate, bipartisan acquittal of the president.”
“And on Feb. 4, when the president comes into the House chamber to deliver the State of the Union, he will have been acquitted by the Senate," Graham added.
That the trial would end before Trump’s speech was a widespread desire among Republicans, but Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) said this week he no longer sees such timing as a reality. And Senator John Thune (R-SD) expressed similar concerns, saying this would be a “fairly tight timeline.”
The trial is expected to begin on Thursday, when senators and Chief Justice John Roberts are sworn in, and it is expected that senators will pass a resolution on the rules governing the trial on Tuesday.
From there, The Hill reported, opening arguments should begin later next week, beginning the first phase of the trial. This phase alone could last beyond the State of the Union address, the publication noted.
At that point, senators will determine whether the calling of witnesses or new documents will be allowed. Graham said on Wednesday he hopes "nobody will be called as a witness.”
"I would tell my colleagues on the Republican side that [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer is not seeking the truth. If you think Chuck Schumer is trying to find out what happened here, you're missing a lot," Graham said. "Chuck Schumer is trying to take back the Senate."