Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), chairman of the Judiciary Committee and a close ally of President Donald Trump, told reporters on Thursday that the president “did nothing wrong in his mind” when it came to accusations that the president broke the law by pressuring Ukraine’s leader to dig up damaging information on his political rival, Joe Biden.
“I love Joe Biden but I can tell you if the name was Trump, there would be a lot of questions asked,” Graham said shortly before Thursday’s impeachment proceedings began. “I want the public to understand, the claim Democrats are making — there’s no there there.”
Graham claimed that if Trump “thought he was doing something wrong, he would probably shut up about it.”
“The president believes that the Ukraine interfered in our election,” Graham continued. “I can tell you without any doubt it was the Russians who hacked into the DNC. It was not the Ukrainians. I cannot say that there was nobody in the Ukraine that had worked with Paul Manafort] that did a number on him. I don’t know.”
“All I can tell you is from the president’s point of view, he did nothing wrong in his mind,” Graham claimed.
Asked about calling Joe Biden and his son Hunter as witnesses, Graham said that he preferred to “end this thing sooner rather than later.”
“There are bunch of people on my side who want to call Joe Biden and Hunter Biden. I want to end this thing sooner rather than later,” Graham said, explaining he will not vote for witness and documents.
“I want the American people to pick the next president not me, and so what I think is the best thing to happen is to have oversight of Ukrainian potential misconduct and move on to the election. I am not going to use my vote to extend the trial,” Graham continues.
“The country needs a break from this,” Graham said. “If you think there’s a whistleblower problem, we can deal with that outside impeachment.”