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Politics Graham on the impeachment inquiry: 'I made my mind up. There's nothing there'

19:55  10 november  2019
19:55  10 november  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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I made my mind up . There ' s nothing there ," Graham said in an interview Saturday with KCCI, a Des Moines CBS affiliate. Graham has been one of Trump's staunchest allies defending the president's actions amid the impeachment inquiry .

While that broke with tradition, there is nothing in the Constitution that says the House needs a vote to begin an impeachment investigation. “If it was a condition of getting aid that there be an investigation into a political rival, that was inappropriate,” the top Republican on the House Armed

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) doubled down on his defense of President Trump amid the ongoing impeachment inquiry, arguing there's "nothing there" in the call between Trump and Ukrainian leaders to suggest the president did anything wrong.

Lindsey Graham wearing a suit and tie: Graham on the impeachment inquiry: 'I made my mind up. There's nothing there'© Greg Nash Graham on the impeachment inquiry: 'I made my mind up. There's nothing there'

"You make your mind up about the phone call. I made my mind up. There's nothing there," Graham said in an interview Saturday with KCCI, a Des Moines CBS affiliate.

"I'm trying to let the House know, 'You're dividing America for no good reason.' We got a lot of things we should be doing, like lowering drug costs and getting a trade deal with Canada and Mexico," he added.

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But there is also a part of the electorate that voted for him – less ideological Republican supporters Nancy Leiker, the chair of the Johnson county Democratic party, said impeachment is not the most important issue for most voters. “Before I make up my mind , I want to see what will come to light.

For instance, there ’ s the ongoing question of “The Whistleblower,” who was introduced to the world by the Washington Post on September 18. It still takes courage to defend, of course, but it’s more fun to be a Republican, in a defensive trench, than it is to be a Democrat, charging up Impeachment Hill.

Graham has been one of Trump's staunchest allies defending the president's actions amid the impeachment inquiry.

He told CBS news last week he won't read the transcripts released of witness depositions.

"I've written the whole process off," he said.

Witnesses have testified that Trump directed Ukrainian leaders to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading 2020 candidate, and have indicated that the Trump administration withheld aid in return for Ukraine's announcing an investigation into Biden.

The White House released a memo of the July 25 call at the center of the inquiry, which Graham referred to in his interview, that shows Trump asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for "a favor" and later asking him to "look into" Biden.

Trump has said the call was "perfect" and most Republicans have stood by him in his defense.

House Democrats are starting pubic hearings as part of the impeachment inquiry next week, kicking off with two key witness testimonies on Wednesday and one on Friday.

Impeachment team releases transcript of defense official .
WASHINGTON (AP) — House investigators are releasing another transcript in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. The transcript being made public Monday is from the testimony of Laura Cooper, a deputy assistant secretary of defense, in a closed-door interview. House Democrats are moving forward with the first live, public hearings of the impeachment inquiry this week. The House is investigating whether Trump violated his oath of office by pushing Ukraine's president to investigate Democrats, including rival Joe Biden, while the administration was withholding military funds for the East European ally.

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