Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said fellow Republicans will ask about the possible relationship between the anonymous whistleblower and the witnesses presented by the Democrats in their impeachment of President Donald Trump.
“I think some people may ask is there a connection between the whistleblower and anybody on the manager’s staff? Yeah, that would be a good question to ask. I also think it’s very relevant who this person is,” Graham told the Washington Examiner.
During the House inquiry, the Republicans asked about the whistleblower but were repeatedly blocked by the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
The Democrats have now finished their arguments in the Senate at this stage of the trial.
The president’s legal team will then have 24 hours over three days to present their defense arguments.
At the end of this phase, the senators will submit their questions of the House impeachment managers and the president’s legal counsel to Chief Justice John Roberts, who is presiding over the trial.
Democrats claim that President Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a potential political rival, in exchange for U.S. aid.
However, the transcript of the phone call released by the White House shows that there was no quid pro quo or criminal act.
The president of Ukraine has also stated on numerous occasions that there was “no pressure” from President Trump and he did nothing wrong.
Despite the evidence of these facts, Democrats Schiff, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), and others insist on removing the president as part of a strategy they mounted even before Trump took office, and which has consistently failed.
Democrats are trying to convince some senators to support their controversial cause for impeachment, but so far none have come forward.
“When it comes to replacing [Trump] nine months-plus from the election, you got an uphill battle with me,” Graham said.