Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Judiciary Committee and a close ally of President Donald Trump, said he will do everything in his power to quickly end an expected impeachment trial in the Republican-led Senate.
"This thing will come to the Senate, and it will die quickly, and I will do everything I can to make it die quickly," the South Carolina Republican said Saturday during an interview with CNN International's Becky Anderson at the Doha Forum in Qatar.
McConnell: Senate won't take up impeachment trial before Christmas
McConnell and Schumer have yet to negotiate an agreement on the trial.“What is not possible obviously would be to turn to an impeachment trial or to do [the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement] in the Senate before we break for Christmas,” McConnell told reporters, while outlining the Senate’s agenda for the rest of the year.
The House Judiciary Committee on Friday approved two articles of impeachment against the President, paving the way for a final vote on the House floor expected next week. That will set up the Senate trial, for which lawmakers are now gearing up.
Asked if it was appropriate for him to be voicing his opinion before impeachment reaches the Senate, Graham replied, "Well, I must think so because I'm doing it."
"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," Graham said, adding, "What I see coming, happening today is just a partisan nonsense."
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to hold a final vote to acquit President Donald Trump, should he be impeached, when a majority of senators believe his trial has run its course instead of holding a vote on dismissing the articles of impeachment, two Republican senators told CNN on Wednesday. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle)
In his opening remarks at the forum, Graham predicted the impeachment process would be over around mid-January.
"Personally I think President Trump will come out of this stronger and the good news is that everybody in politics in America needs to prove to the American public we're not all completely crazy. So there may be a spirit of compromise coming post-impeachment, born of political necessity, if anything else," Graham said.
Anderson also asked Graham if it was appropriate for Trump to ask foreign governments for such help as when the President asked Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, who was on the board of a Ukrainian natural gas company.
"Now, Joe Biden is a dear friend. I've traveled all over the world with Joe Biden. He's running for president on the Democratic side. I think he'll do very well. The bottom line is his son was receiving $50,000 a month from a gas company run by the most corrupt guy in the Ukraine and about two months after they raided the gas company's president's home, they fired the prosecutor," Graham told Anderson. "Yeah, I think it's OK to talk about this kind of stuff."
Lindsey Graham invites Rudy Giuliani to Judiciary panel to discuss recent Ukraine visit
"Rudy, if you want to come and tell us what you found, I'll be glad to talk to you,” Lindsey Graham says.In an interview airing on Face the Nation Sunday, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said that Giuliani, who is serving as the president’s personal attorney, could appear before his committee separately from the impending Senate impeachment trial.
There has been no evidence of wrongdoing by the Bidens.
Graham said he does not wish to hear from the Bidens or any other witnesses. "I want to hear the House make their case based on the record they established in the House and I want to vote," he said.
U.S. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler speaks and ranking member Doug Collins looks on as the House Judiciary Committee holds a public hearing to vote on the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Dec. 13, in Washington, DC.
The vote count sits on a desk at the House Judiciary Committee as members voted on House Resolution 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C,, on Dec. 13.
Republican Representative Matt Gaetz speaks to the press after the House Judiciary Committee's vote on House Resolution 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 13.
Republican Representatives Steve Chabot, Louie Gohmert and Jim Jordan await the start of the House Judiciary Committee's vote on House Resolution 755, Articles of Impeachment Against President Donald Trump, in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 13.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., holds up a copy of the U.S. Constitution as she votes on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, on Dec. 13, in the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington.
A poster is displayed on the Republican side before the House Judiciary Committee holds a public hearing to vote on the two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Dec. 13, in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Reps' Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Ken Buck (R-CO) listen in front of signage placed by Republican committee staff as the House Judiciary Committee continues its markup of articles of impeachment against President Trump on Dec. 12.
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee holds a copy of the Constitution as she speaks during a House Judiciary Committee markup hearing on the Articles of Impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Longworth House Office Building on Dec. 12, in Washington, DC.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) (R) talks with staff during a committee markup hearing on the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill on Dec. 12, in Washington, DC.
Representative Doug Collins, a Republican from Georgia and ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, left, talks to Republican counsel Ashley Hurt Callen during a hearing in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 12.
Copy of the Articles of Impeachment, Dec. 10 in Washington. House Democrats announced they are pushing ahead with two articles of impeachment against President Trump - abuse of power and obstruction of Congress - charging he corrupted the U.S. election process and endangered national security in his dealings with Ukraine.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., accompanied by from left, Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., Senate Majority Whip Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., and Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks to reporters on Dec. 10 on Capitol Hill in Washington.
From left, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee Maxine Waters, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, Chairwoman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Carolyn Maloney, House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal and Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Adam Schiff, unveil articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 10.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., left speaks with ranking member Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., after the House Judiciary Committee hearing of investigative findings in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, Dec. 9, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The hearing is being held for the Judiciary Committee to formally receive evidence in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, whom Democrats say held back military aid for Ukraine while demanding they investigate his political rivals. The White House declared it would not participate in the hearing.
Stephen Castor, Minority Counsel for House Judiciary and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, prepares to testify as the House Judiciary Committee receives presentations of evidence in the impeachment inquiry on Dec. 9.
House Intelligence Committee majority counsel Daniel Goldman (R), and House Judiciary Committee minority counsel Steve Castor are sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on Dec. 9, during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the grounds for the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Republican staff attorney Steve Castor testifies as the House Judiciary Committee hears investigative findings in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, on Dec. 9, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
Lindsey Graham Says He Doesn't 'Need to Hear a Lot of Witnesses' Before Senate Impeachment Vote
The South Carolina Republican told "Face the Nation" that President Trump should "get out of the way" when somebody was ready to acquit him.The South Carolina senator told CBS News' Face the Nation on Sunday there was a "general desire" among his colleagues "not to turn this thing into a circus" and said he was ready to vote on the articles of impeachment.
Democratic staff attorney Barry Berke speaks as the House Judiciary Committee hears investigative findings in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump, on Dec. 9, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
The U.S. House Judiciary Committee holds an evidentiary hearing to receive counsel presentations of evidence from the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, on, Dec. 9.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., makes a statement at the Capitol in Washington, on Dec. 5. Pelosi announced that the House is moving forward to draft articles of impeachment against President Trump.
Committee chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler (C) (D-NY) confers with Rep. Doug Collins (R) (R-GA) and majority counsel Norm Eisen (L) during an impeachment hearing where Constitutional scholars Noah Feldman of Harvard University, Pamela Karlan of Stanford University, Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina, and Jonathan Turley of George Washington University testified before the House Judiciary Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill on Dec. 4 in Washington, DC. This is the first hearing held by the House Judiciary Committee in the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, whom House Democrats say held back military aid for Ukraine while demanding it investigate his political rivals. The Judiciary Committee will decide whether to draft official articles of impeachment against President Trump to be voted on by the full House of Representatives.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., center, with members of the committee, speaking during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Trump on Dec. 4 on Capitol Hill in Washington.
A U.S. Capitol police officer watches from in front of a video monitor displaying part of the call record of President Trump's phone call with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelenskiy as the House Judiciary Committee holds their first hearing on the impeachment inquiry on Dec. 4.
Constitutional law experts University of North Carolina Law School professor Michael Gerhardt, left, talks with George Washington University Law School professor Jonathan Turley as they arrive to testify during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee on the constitutional grounds for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, on Dec. 4, on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Pamela Karlan, professor of Public Interest Law and co-director of the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic at Stanford Law School, testifies during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, on Dec. 4.
The 300 page Trump-Ukraine Impeachment Inquiry Report is seen after being released by the U.S. House Intelligence Committee on Dec. 3 in Washington. The House released a sweeping impeachment report outlining evidence of what it calls Trump’s wrongdoing toward Ukraine. The findings will serve as the foundation for debate over whether the 45th President should be removed from office.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) addresses Capitol Hill reporters ahead of a committee vote on its findings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington Dec. 3.
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Lindsay Graham: Trump Is 'Mad As Hell... He Is Demanding His Day In Court'
President Donald Trump is spoiling for an impeachment trial in the Senate, Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) insisted Thursday. “I just left President Trump. He’s mad as hell,” Graham told Fox News. “He is demanding his day in court.” Graham made the comments a day after he said he would oppose allowing any witnesses for the president’s day in court. Graham on Thursday was addressing the threat by House Democratic leaders to withhold the two articles of impeachment approved on Wednesday from the Senate until that chamber’s GOP leadership commits to a fair process for the trial.Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.
He said he wants impeachment to end "for the good of the country," adding: "I think the best thing for America to do is get this behind us."
"If you don't like President Trump, you can vote against him in less than a year. 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," Graham said.
A recent defender of the President, Graham was asked about his previous attacks against Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, including calling Trump a "race-baiting, xenophobic, religious bigot."
"I said all of those things. Clearly, I wasn't a fan of his campaign, right?" Graham said Saturday. "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 next week will consider two charges against Trump. The first article of impeachment accuses Trump of abusing his power by withholding nearly $400 million in military aid and a White House meeting while pressuring Ukraine's President to investigate a potential political rival. The second accuses Trump of obstructing Congress by thwarting the House's investigative efforts.
Trump's senior aides have restricted the number of administration officials allowed to listen to the President's phone calls with foreign leaders since his July 25 call with Zelensky was revealed and became the centerpiece of the impeachment inquiry, multiple White House sources confirmed to CNN.
Transcripts of Trump's calls with world leaders are also disseminated to a far smaller group of people inside the White House, those administration sources say, continuing an effort to limit the number of people with insight and information about the conversations.
Trump escapes chill of Washington for Florida holiday .
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Friday was escaping the chill of Washington and his impeachment to celebrate Christmas and New Year's in sunny Florida with family and friends. One thing he isn't celebrating is the delay in his Senate impeachment trial. It's got him “mad as hell,” according to one ally. The Senate adjourned until January with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer unable to agree on trial procedure. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she wants to know how the trial will be handled before she sends two House-passed articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate.
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