Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Saturday vowed to help make impeachment “die quickly” in the Senate as it becomes increasingly likely that the House will vote to impeach President Trump as early as next week, leading to a Senate trial.
“This thing will come to the Senate, and it will die quickly, and I will do everything I can to make it die quickly,” Graham told CNN while at the Doha Forum in Qatar.
“I am trying to give a pretty clear signal I have made up my mind. I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here,” Graham added. “What I see coming, happening today is just a partisan nonsense.”
Asked whether it was appropriate for Trump to ask a foreign government for help, such as when the president asked Ukraine’s president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Graham said he believed so.
“Now, Joe Biden is a dear friend. I’ve traveled all over the world with Joe Biden. He’s running for president on the Democratic side. I think he’ll do very well,” Graham said. “The bottom line is his son was receiving $50,000 a month from a gas company run by the most corrupt guy in the Ukraine and about two months after they raided the gas company’s president’s home, they fired the prosecutor. Yeah, I think it’s OK to talk about this kind of stuff.”
Graham’s comments come after the House Judiciary Committee voted to advance articles of impeachment accusing Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, setting the stage for a full chamber vote next week.