On Sunday, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham announced that if the impeachment trial does not include the whistleblower who sparked the impeachment inquiry in the first place, then it would be “dead on arrival in the Senate.”
The comments by the Republican Senator were made on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo.
“You’ve said on the program not too long ago that Hunter Biden needs to answer questions, what is your reaction to this list that your colleagues in the house have prepared as far as those they would like to hear from?” Bartiromo asked.
“They could care less about getting to the truth, what really did happen, why was the prosecutor fired, the John Solomon FOIA request is stunning, you can see efforts in the State Department where they were worried about the conflict of interest between Hunter Biden and the company being investigated,” Graham replied.
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“We will look at that,” he continued. “I consider any impeachment in the House that doesn’t allow us to know who the whistleblower is to be invalid because without the whistleblower complaint we wouldn’t be talking about any of this. And I also see the need for Hunter Biden to be called to adequately defend the president and if you don’t do those two things it’s a complete joke.”
Graham continued by discussing why he felt it necessary to have Hunter Biden testify in the Senate, saying there were many questions that needed to be answered.
“But back to the whistleblower,” he said. “It’s impossible to bring this case forward in my view fairly without us knowing who the whistleblower is and having a chance to cross examine them about any advice they may have, if they don’t call the whistleblower in the house, this thing is dead on arrival on the Senate.”
This interview with Graham was similar to one he had with Sean Hannity of Fox News.
“You have to accept that President Trump is president,” Graham said shortly after House Democrats voted to move forward with their impeachment inquiry.
“That’s the problem. They don’t accept that President Trump won the election, and America hates a sore loser as much as any country on the planet. This is an unfair process being driven by sore losers and there is not one vote in the United States Senate to impeach President Trump based on this phone call because he did nothing wrong,” he added.
Graham quickly corrected himself saying that not a single vote “among Republicans” would vote for impeachment in the Senate.
Hannity then asked the Senator the question many have been asking if the Senate will call on former Vice President Joe Biden, Hunter Biden, and Rep. Adam Schiff to testify.
“The president’s denied right to counsel and Republicans can’t call witnesses without Schiff agreeing, so this whole thing is a sham,” Graham noted.
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