Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Wednesday, Jan. 15, that he expects the impeachment trial in the Senate would acquit President Donald Trump before he delivers the State of the Union address on Feb. 4.
“The best thing for the American people is to end this crap as quickly as possible, to have a trial in the Senate, bipartisan acquittal of the president,” The Hill cited Graham saying in his interview with Fox News.
“And on Feb. 4, when the president comes into the House chamber to deliver the State of the Union, he will have been acquitted by the Senate,” added Graham, a top ally of President Trump.
Graham’s remarks came as the House transmitted the articles of impeachment against the president to the Senate on Wednesday after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) withheld the papers for four weeks.
“This is a long overdue action by the House—to finally begin the process of transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate,” Graham said in a tweet. “I can say with a high degree of confidence this is the beginning of the end of this impeachment debacle.”
This is a long overdue action by the House – to finally begin the process of transmitting the Articles of Impeachment to the Senate.
I can say with a high degree of confidence this is the beginning of the end of this impeachment debacle.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) January 15, 2020
According to The Hill, the Senate trial would begin when senators and Chief Justice John Roberts are sworn in on Thursday. Senators are expected to pass a resolution on the trial rules next Tuesday and start opening arguments later in the week.
The first phase of the trial—opening arguments and questions—is expected to last roughly two weeks. After that, senators are expected to have to decide on whether to call additional witnesses or request documents.
Graham said on Wednesday that he hopes “nobody will be called as a witness.”