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Sen. Graham: Trump’s Ukraine Policy So ‘Incoherent’ That They’re ‘Incapable of Forming a Quid Pro Quo’

By Craig Bannister | November 6, 2019 | 1:18pm EST
Sen. Lindsey Graham (Getty Images/Drew Angerer)

Defending President Donald Trump against charges that the president offered a “quid pro quo” to Ukraine, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he believes that the Trump Administration was too disorganized to devise such a scheme.

Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Sen. Graham said that Ukraine policy was so incoherent, that Trump and his officials were incapable of concocting a quid pro quo:

“What I can tell you about the Trump policy towards 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.”


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 during a phone call, 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.

“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 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.”



 

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