“I find the whole process to be a sham and I’m not going to legitimize it,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said Wednesday when asked if he will read the House impeachment witness transcripts.
Defending President Donald Trump against charges that the president offered a “quid pro quo” to Ukraine, Sen. Graham told reporters he will not read the witness transcripts, because he’d already read the actual transcript of the phone call Trump had with the president of Ukraine being scrutinized by Democrats – adding that he considers the whole tainted impeachment process “a joke.”
Sen. Graham also rebuked journalists for ignoring key testimony in favor of anti-Trump opinions – such as reporting that U.S. Ambassador Gordon Sondland changed his testimony to say he now “presumed” that Trump was offering a quid pro quo to the president of Ukraine, while ignoring the fact that U.S. Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker testified that Trump did not:
“I’m not going to read these (impeachment testimony) transcripts. The whole process is a joke. The whole idea that there’s a quid pro quo based on somebody changing their testimony, ‘presuming’ there was. Volker said here was not. He’s the special envoy.
“You just pick things you like. Ya’ll hate this guy, you want to get him impeached. I’m not buying into Schiff running a legitimate operation over there.”
“The whole process is a joke. ….You [media] just pick things you like. Ya’ll hate this guy [Trump]. Ya’ll want to get him impeached. I’m not buying into Schiff running a legitimate operation over there. ...This is a political vendetta.” — @LindseyGrahamSC pic.twitter.com/RprXX4GHVJ— Kevin Bishop (@KevinDBishop) November 6, 2019
Sen. Graham said that House Democrats are not conducting an actual impeachment – they’re just pursuing “a political vendetta”:
“I was the (Clinton) impeachment manager. We did it vastly different. This is a political vendetta.”
“Mueller, to me, was the final authority on everything Trump. I’ve read the (phone call) transcript for myself. I’ve made up my own mind. Volker, the special envoy, said there was no quid pro quo.
“Sondland has changed his testimony to say he ‘presumes’ there was.
“What I can tell you about the Trump policy toward the Ukraine: it was incoherent; it depends on who you talked to. They seem to be incapable of forming a quid pro quo.
“So, no. I find the whole process to be a sham and I’m not going to legitimize it.”