Lindsey Graham To Introduce Resolution Condemning House Impeachment Inquiry
Senator Lindsey Graham intends to introduce a resolution this week condemning the Democrats’ approach to their impeachment inquiry and arguing that any resulting articles of impeachment should be dismissed by the Senate.
The South Carolina Republican discussed his plan with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday, according to The Hill.
"This resolution puts the Senate on record condemning the House. ... Here's the point of the resolution: Any impeachment vote based on this process, to me, is illegitimate, is unconstitutional, and should be dismissed in the Senate without a trial,” Graham said.
He added that President Donald Trump should get "the same rights that any American has if you’re giving a parking ticket to confront the witnesses against you: can’t be based on hearsay."
“We cannot allow future presidents and this president to be impeached based on an inquiry in the House that’s never been voted upon, that does not allow the president to confront the witnesses against him, to call witnesses on his behalf, and cross-examine people who are accusing him of misdeeds,” he said.
Republicans continue to argue that House Democrats should hold an impeachment inquiry vote to formally declare the investigation, which they say “would give them more leeway to call their own witnesses and put swing-state Democrats on the record on launching the impeachment inquiry.”
But House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has countered that the rules do not require a vote, as Democrats push forward with the inquiry.