Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Wednesday criticized a bipartisan effort to impeach President Trump, and argued that Republican lawmakers who support it will be hurting their own party.
Graham, who has been aligned closely with President Trump for most of the past four years, said the mob that stormed the Capitol last week should be held accountable, but that Republicans should not support impeachment.
“To my Republican colleagues who legitimize this process, you are doing great damage not only to the country, the future of the presidency, but also to the party. ... The individuals who participated in the storming of the Capitol should be met with the full force of the law. They should and will be held accountable," Graham said in the statement.
In addition to releasing a public statement, Graham has been privately calling his colleagues for several days urging them to oppose convicting Trump as part of the Senate trial, a spokesperson confirmed to The Hill.
"This was his own initiative, not a specific request from the White House," the spokesperson added.
Graham's efforts come as the House is poised to vote Wednesday to impeach Trump for the second time of his presidency — a historical first. The article of impeachment accuses Trump of committing high crimes and misdemeanors by “willfully inciting violence against the Government of the United States.”
Trump, in a speech outside the White House last week, falsely claimed that he had won the election and urged thousands of his fans to march to the Capitol to support his GOP allies, using phrases like “you have to show strength” and “if you don’t fight like hell you’re not going to have a country anymore.”
A handful of House Republicans — including Rep. Liz Cheney (Wyo.), the No. 3 House Republican — are expected to support impeachi... (Read more)
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