Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested on Tuesday that President Donald Trump should be censured instead of putting the country through a “traumatic” impeachment trial in the Senate.
Graham, a vocal defender of President Trump, made the suggestion when he was asked about a possible censure.
“Who am I to advise my Democratic colleagues about what to do,” Graham reportedly said, according to CBS journalist Alan He.
“Censure would probably gain some bipartisan support,” he said, adding that “the country going through an impeachment trial would be traumatic and I think we should avoid that if possible.”
Q. Censure better outcome than impeachment?
GRAHAM: "…Who am I to advise my Dem colleagues about what to do. Censure would probably gain some bipartisan support…the country going through an impeachment trial would be traumatic and I think we should avoid that if possible…"
— Alan He (@alanhe) December 3, 2019
“I’m hoping for the good of the country that it doesn’t come to the Senate,” he added.
On impeachment, Graham says "I'm hoping for the good of the country that it doesn't come to the Senate."
"Censure would probably gain some bipartisan support… an impeachment trial would be traumatic and I think we should avoid that if possible."
— julie faye tsirkin (@julietsirkin) December 3, 2019
Graham argued last month that the Trump administration is too incompetent to deliver a quid pro quo message to Ukraine.
The senator told reporters that he had already “written the whole process off” when asked if he would read transcripts of testimony given by former U.S. envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union.
“This, to me, is a manufactured issue created by some unknown whistleblower who needs to be known, and the phone call is the basis for the impeachment allegation,” said Graham, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee. “I don’t think the president did anything wrong.”
“I’m not going to read these transcripts,” Graham told reporters on Wednesday.
“The whole process is a joke,” he added. “The whole idea that there’s a quid pro quo based on somebody changing their testimony presuming there was. [Special Envoy Kurt] Volker said there was not. He’s the special envoy. You 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.”