Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), during an interview with Sean Hannity on Tuesday night, Oct. 22, unveiled that he is planning to introduce a resolution condemning the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump.
“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,” he said.
Three House committees are conducting closed-door depositions and denying the president any access. Democrats also held off a vote to formally launch the investigation.
“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,” Graham said.
Graham added that he views the House’s proceeding as “un-American at its core,” which should be immediately rejected by the Senate because of its partisan and biased nature.
“What the House of Representatives is doing is a process of political revenge. It is alien to American due process,” he said. “It should be dismissed quickly in the United States Senate.”
House Democrats announced a formal impeachment inquiry last month based on an anonymous whistleblower complaint filed against President Trump for allegedly conspiring with the Ukrainian president to investigate corruption linked to potential Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
The released transcript of the July phone call between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, however, revealed no conspiracy. Both presidents have also asserted that there was neither “pressure” nor “blackmail.”