Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., didn’t mince words at a news conference on Thursday as he touted his resolution formally condemning House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, saying the proceedings defy historical precedent and deny fundamental “due process” to the White House. “If we were doing this, you’d be beating the sh– out of us,” Graham bluntly told a reporter at one point, accusing Democrats of selectively leaking portions of testimony and opening statements from their closed-door hearings, without affording Republicans the opportunity to subpoena or publicly cross-examine witnesses. “And, I think it says a lot about people in your business, with all due respect.” He continued: “We’re not telling the House they can’t impeach the president. What we’re telling the House is, there’s a right way to do it, and a wrong way to do it. … This is one part legal, and two parts politics.” Graham, who said his resolution had 41 Republican cosponsors “and climbing,” noted that 31 Democrats had voted to open an impeachment inquiry into Bill Clinton in 1998. But, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has refused to hold a vote on beginning proceedings against President Trump, and instead unilaterally announced that the inquiry had begun. The move to put House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., in charge of the inquiry was only a small part of Democrats’ “substantial deviation from what the House has done in the past,” Graham asserted, noting that the Judiciary Committee has typically handled impeachment probes. Seeking to bolster his commitment to administrative fairness, Graham noted that he previously supported legislation that would have protected then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller from being terminated by Trump. “The attempt to open an inquiry into the impeachment of President Trump failed miserably, so they’ve created a new process, which I think is very dangerous for the country,” Graham told reporters. Graham’s resolution specifically called on the House to vote immediately to initiate a formal impeachment inquiry; and demanded that the House “provide President Trump, like every other American, with due process, to include the ability to confront his accusers, call witnesses on his behalf, and have a basic understanding of the accusations against him that would form any basis for impeachment.” The resolution also “calls on the House of Representatives to provide members of the minority with the ability to participate fully in all proceedings and have equal authority to issue subpoenas and other compulsory process.” In his own statement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., announced he would cosponsor Graham’s resolution, and outlined what he characterized as Democrats’ transgressions. “Unlike the House’s actions during investigations of both President Nixon and President Clinton, this House majority is denying President Trump important rights and due process protections,” McConnell wrote. “House Democrats are even denying their own Republican colleagues basic procedural rights that the minority party was granted throughout previous impeachments.”
Agreed.. I saw Sen. Lindsey Graham’s (R-SC) speech earlier today , and he was spot on! The way Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) has conducted this, and how Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has orchestrated this whole so-called “impeachment inquiry” process has been unprecedented, and not proper or appropriate. In addition, the selective leaking of certain testimony by the Dems is simply orchestrated to have a negative effect on President Trump’s polling numbers. Its a total sham, just like the whole Mueller/Russia investigation that went nowhere, and cost we-the-taxpayers tens of MILLIONS of dollars. So, kudos to Sen. Graham, and others, for demanding more transparency and fairness in this process. President Trump is not above the law. BUT, he is not below it either. He and his administration have every right to due process and fairness. We need to demand that these Democrat Members of Congress in the House of Reps start being more transparent and give the minority party some say in the process and allow them access to witnesses and so on. For more on this article, click on the text above.