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Graham To Introduce Resolution Condemning Impeachment Inquiry He Called A ‘Lynching’

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Graham To Introduce Resolution Condemning Impeachment Inquiry He Called A ‘Lynching’




Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) is planning to introduce a resolution condemning the House impeachment inquiry process.

“This resolution puts the Senate on record condemning the House. …Here’s the point of the resolution: Any impeachment vote based on this process, to me, is illegitimate, is unconstitutional, and should be dismissed in the Senate without a trial,” Graham told Fox News’s Sean Hannity.

President Trump and his fellow Republicans have argued that House Democrats should hold a vote to formally launch an impeachment inquiry.



House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has argued the rules don’t require a vote.

Graham added on Tuesday night that Trump should get “the same rights that any American has if you’re giving a parking ticket to confront the witnesses against you: can’t be based on hearsay.”

“We cannot allow future presidents and this president to be impeached based on an inquiry in the House that’s never been voted upon that does not allow the president to confront the witnesses against him, to call witnesses on his behalf, and cross-examine people who are accusing him of misdeeds,” he added.

“This is a lynching in every sense. This is un-American,” Graham said to reporters.

“I’ve never seen a situation in my lifetime as a lawyer where somebody is accused of a major misconduct who cannot confront the accuser, call witnesses on her behalf and have the discussion in the light of day so the public can judge,” he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Graham came to President Trump’s defense after he compared the impeachment inquiry against him to a “lynching.”




“This is a lynching in every sense. This is un-American,” Graham said to reporters.

“I’ve never seen a situation in my lifetime as a lawyer where somebody is accused of a major misconduct who cannot confront the accuser, call witnesses on her behalf and have the discussion in the light of day so the public can judge,” he said.

“I think that’s pretty well accurate,” Graham added.

“I think lynching is being seen as somebody taking the law in their own hands and out to get somebody for no good reason,” he said.




Asked if he could understand why African Americans would be offended by Trump’s use of a term most associated with the barbaric hanging of African American men, Graham stood his ground.

“Yes, African Americans have [been] lynched. Other people have been lynched throughout history. What does lynching mean? That a mob grabs you, they don’t give you a chance to defend yourself, they don’t tell you what happened to you, they just destroy you. That’s exactly what’s happening in the United States House of Representatives right now,” he said.





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