Graham: If Trump's Offense Is Impeachable, 'You Won't Have Any Presidents Left'

By Susan Jones | November 5, 2019 | 5:39am EST
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is a friend of the president and a foe of impeachment. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is a friend of the president and a foe of impeachment. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - In the Senate, "there's not one vote for impeachment, removal from office" based on President Trump's July 25 phone call with the newly elected Ukraine president, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News Monday night. "I don't believe Mitt Romney would vote to remove the president over the phone call."

"If that's an impeachable offense, you won't have any presidents left," Graham told Fox's Laura Ingraham.

"There's nothing wrong with that phone call. Did he say, unless you investigate my opponent, Joe Biden, I will cut off your military aid? Did he say that? No. Has anyone said the president said that? What did the president of the Ukraine say? 'No, I didn't take this as a quid pro quo.' We didn't cut off aid, and Joe Biden wasn't investigated."

Graham also said the whistle-blower law "has become a dangerous tool in the wrong hands."

"The whistle-blower statute's designed to keep somebody from being fired if they report corruption. It was never designed to keep somebody anonymous." Graham said given the fact that impeachment is the "political death penalty" for the president, it can't be based on an anonymous source:

"We need the whistle-blower's name; we need (to know) who they are; and they need to be cross-examined under oath about any vices they may have.

"Number two, we need to look at whether Hunter Biden corruptly engaged in lobbying. Did Joe Biden asked the prosecutor to be fired because he was investigating his son?

Graham pointed to new reporting by John Solomon, who told Fox News on Monday that Hunter Biden and Burisma, the Ukraine gas company on whose board Hunter sat, pressured the Obama State Department to stop the corruption investigation into Burisma.

As Solomon told Ingraham:

Hunter Biden gets his job in Ukraine, while his Dad's overseeing Ukraine policy. He starts working his dad's contacts at the State Department. Tony Blinken, one of the closest advisers to Joe Biden...he has a few meetings with him in 2015.

Something big happens in Ukraine -- 2016, Ukraine prosecutors raid Hunter Biden's boss's home.

February 2016, a few weeks later, Hunter Biden's lobbyists are at the State Department saying, you need to stop these corruption allegations, Hunter Biden is on the board, we need your help.  A couple of days after that, Hunter Biden's business partner meets with John Kerry. And then, not too long after that, Joe Biden fires the Ukrainian prosecutor that he knows is investigating his son's company. That's it in a nutshell.

Sen. Graham called Solomon's report "a bombshell of all bombshells," and he told Ingraham he hopes Sen. James Risch (R-Idaho), the Foreign Intelligence Committee chairman, will open an investigation into the role of the State Department in all this.

As for the Democrats' ongoing quest for a reason to impeach Trump, Graham said neither Adam Schiff (Intelligence chairman) nor Jerry Nader (Judiciary chairman) is looking for the truth:

"What is going on in the House is a bunch of partisan B.S. Every Republican senator -- they signed on my resolution saying the process wasn't fair -- we should continue to prosecute the people prosecuting the president.

"We should let every American know this is the first time in history anybody's ever been impeached by a partisan. If you think Adam Schiff is out to get the truth, you shouldn't be in the United States Senate. All of us should be throwing the B.S. flag on this process in the House."



 

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