Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday said that he will be sending House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) a letter warning that Senate Republicans won’t impeach President Trump over his call with Ukraine.
During an appearance on Fox News’s “Fox & Friends,” Graham said that he was going to ask other Senate Republicans to sign a letter to Pelosi pledging that they “do not believe the transcript of the phone call between the president and the Ukraine is an impeachable offense.”
“I’m going to ask my colleagues in the Senate — Republicans — to sign a letter saying we do not believe the transcript of the phone call between the president and the Ukraine is an impeachable offense,” Graham said.
“[Democrats] are about to destroy the nation for no good reason,” Graham said. “And I want Nancy Pelosi to know that Republican senators are not going to impeach this president based on this transcript, so she can stop now before she destroys the country.”
House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry late last month that is centered on Trump pressuring the Ukrainian government to work with his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden as well as allegations that the president attempted to withhold aid to Ukraine in an effort to get Kiev to launch such a probe.
According to a rough transcript of the call released by the White House, Trump asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to work with Giuliani and expressed hope that he “can look into” Joe Biden’s role in the firing of a Ukrainian prosecutor.
“There’s a lot of talk about Biden’s son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great,” Trump told Zelensky in the July 25 call.
The White House on Tuesday sent a scathing letter to Pelosi and the House committee chairmen overseeing the investigation saying it would refuse to cooperate further with the probe.
In the letter, the White House argued Democrats were pursuing a “constitutionally invalid” investigation of a duly elected president.
Graham blasted House Democrats on Wednesday, saying they couldn’t “care less about fairness.”
“You have to have a vote to make it legitimate,” he added.
Lindsey Graham, before a Senate trial even happens, says Trump did nothing wrong and says he's going to send a letter to @SpeakerPelosi begging her to stop the impeachment inquiry which he claims will "destroy the country." pic.twitter.com/dfvU37DWLp
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) October 9, 2019