Democrats have fastened their seatbelts to prepare for the looming impeachment House vote against President Donald Trump next week, but Republicans have regarded the leftist-led constitutional clash as mere “partisan nonsense.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, vowed to put an end to the impeachment against President Trump as soon as he can.
“This thing will come to the Senate, and it will die quickly, and I will do everything I can to make it die quickly,” Graham told CNN News at the Doha Forum in Qatar.
Graham is positive about doing his part to end impeachment, while taking an indirect swipe at Democrats for their “partisan nonsense.”
“I am trying to give a pretty clear signal I have made up my mind. I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here,” the South Carolina senator added. “What I see coming, happening today is just a partisan nonsense.”
“If you don’t like President Trump, you can vote against him in less than a year,” Graham continued. “It’s not like a politician is unaccountable if you don’t impeach them. So I think impeachment is going to end quickly in the Senate. I would prefer it to end as quickly as possible.”
“I said all of those things. Clearly, I wasn’t a fan of his campaign, right?” Graham said Saturday, referring to his prior dissatisfaction of the Republican president. “But here’s the way it has to work. When you lose, accept it. The American people didn’t believe that. They made him their president.”
The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, Dec. 10, announced two articles of impeachment charging the president of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, which was widely criticized by GOP lawmakers and conservatives.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Dec. 10 lambasted the articles as a “baseless and partisan attempt to undermine a sitting president” that would ultimately harm Americans more than the president himself.
“House Democrats have long wanted to overturn the votes of 63 million Americans,” Grisham said in a statement. “They have determined that they must impeach President Trump because they cannot legitimately defeat him at the ballot box. The Democrats’ use of a phone call with the president of Ukraine—with a transcript the president himself released – served as their excuse for this partisan, gratuitous, and pathetic attempt to overthrow the Trump administration and the results of the 2016 election.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said that it wasn’t hard to defend the Republican president because he had done nothing impeachable, while being discriminated against by the Democratic majority.
“It is not difficult to defend this president because the president did nothing that is impeachable,” McCarthy said. “It’s hard to defend Democrats because of how they’re running this House and what they’re doing by their majority.”