Politics Senate GOP introduces resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry
Lindsey Graham Plans to Introduce Resolution Condemning ‘Illegitimate’ House Impeachment: ‘Should Be Dismissed in Senate Without a Trial’
Republican Senator Lindsey Graham railed against the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, calling it "illegitimate" and "unconstitutional" and said he plans to introduce a Senate resolution that would argue any articles of impeachment should be "dismissed in the Senate without a trial."Unveiling his plans to Sean Hannity, Graham attacked what he said was an impeachment process that was trampling on President Donald Trump’s rights.
Senate Republicans introduced a resolution on Thursday condemning the impeachment inquiry against President Trump and calling on the House to hold a formal vote on the inquiry.
Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), which is backed by 39 GOP senators including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).
"We cannot have a country where every American has rights except Donald Trump. I find the current process illegitimate and dangerous to the future of the presidency," he continued.
Romney, Collins, Murkowski only Senate GOP holdouts on Graham's impeachment resolution
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said on Friday that all but three GOP senators had signed onto his resolution condemning the House impeachment inquiry. GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Mitt Romney (Utah) have not yet signed onto the resolution, according to an updated list of co-sponsors shared by Graham the day after he introduced the measure. Spokespeople Murkowski and Collins didn't immediately respond to aGOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine), Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) and Mitt Romney (Utah) have not yet signed onto the resolution, according to an updated list of co-sponsors shared by Graham the day after he introduced the measure.
The resolution calls on the House to hold a formal vote to start the impeachment inquiry, argues that the House should give Trump "due process" including "the ability to confront his accusers" and said that the House should give Republicans the ability to issue their own subpoenas.
The resolution comes as Republicans have fumed over the House impeachment inquiry, which has held near daily closed-door depositions with current and former administration officials. House investigations center around whether or not that Trump withheld aid to Ukraine in exchange for the country opening an investigation into the Bidens.
Trump and his GOP allies on Capitol Hill have lashed out at how House Democrats are handling the impeachment inquiry, arguing they should hold a vote to formally launch the investigation.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has argued the rules don't require a vote. However, Republicans say it would give them more leeway to call their own witnesses and put swing-state Democrats on the record on launching the impeachment inquiry.
Graham first floated the idea of the resolution during a hearing this week with Fox News's Sean Hannity.
"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," Graham told Fox News's Sean Hannity.
House set to vote on Trump impeachment procedures .
The resolution opens to door to the next phase in Democrats' probe of the president — public hearings.Debate on the procedures — which include beginning public hearings and the release of some of the information gathered in the ongoing inquiry over the last few weeks — is expected to begin around 9 am, ET.
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