South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said he would consider the possibility of impeachment if new information comes to light regarding President Donald Trump’s alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine, according to CNN.
Graham emerged long ago as a staunch ally of the president, but in an interview with Axios last week, the Republican indicated his support has limits.
During the interview, taped on Tuesday and aired on Sunday on “Axios on HBO,” Jonathan Swan asked Graham, "Are you open minded if more comes out that you could support impeachment?"
The senator responded that he has not yet seen evidence of a lawless president but that he would not tolerate one: "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."
Trump made the phone call in question to Ukraine’s president in July, the transcript of which appeared to show Trump dangling U.S. military assistance in return for investigations into the origins of the Russia probe as well as former Vice President Joe Biden and his son.
Graham has held that the phone call did not show evidence of a quid pro quo, saying again in the interview, "I've read the transcript of the Ukrainian phone call. That's not a quid pro quo to me."
CNN noted that Graham’s interview was taped prior to White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s apparent admission to the arrangement during a Friday press briefing.
At the time, Mulvaney said an investigation into the Mueller probe was indeed part of releasing congressionally approved aid to Ukraine, but he later tried to backtrack on the statement.