“THIS IS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE PRESIDENCY”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 24, 2019) — As he promised Wednesday, Sen. Lindsey Graham appeared on Thursday’s “Hannity” to detail the resolution he and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced claiming that the House of Representatives’ “impeachment inquiry” into President Trump is “devoid of due process,” as Graham put it.
Graham first pledged to introduce the resolution Tuesday.
As referenced in the press release posted earlier Thursday by McConnell’s office, Graham chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee and has been outspoken about his belief that House Democrats’ investigation is “breaking critical precedents.”
Democrats claim that Trump abused the power of his office by attempting to impose a “quid pro quo” in a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Trump asked Zelenskiy to “do me a favor,” asking him to launch or reopen an investigation into whether or not then-Vice President Joseph Biden’s son Hunter received special treatment in the form of $50,000/month after recruitment to the Board of Directors of Ukrainian gas and oil company, Burisma Holdings.
In March 2016, the elder Biden, designated by the Obama regime as the U.S.’s liaison with Ukraine, successfully pressured then-Ukrainian president Petro Poroschenko to fire then-chief Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin. Shokin has signed a sworn affidavit stating his firing occurred because he was investigating the Bidens’ connection to Burisma.
Graham told host Sean Hannity Thursday that Democrats have “selectively leaked” alleged testimony from the closed-door interviews occurring in a Secret Compartmentalized Intelligence Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the U.S. Capitol.
On Wednesday more than two dozen House Republicans led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (FL-1) entered the SCIF uninvited where Schiff was about to conduct an interview of a Pentagon official to protest that they have been barred from attending the hearings and issuing subpoenas in a break from historical “impeachment” precedent.
Some said that by bringing in cell phones and tweeting information from the SCIF, Republicans “put national security at risk.” The Washington Post did not fault Democrats for leaking alleged portions of closed-door testimony, while Republicans said they were prohibited from revealing any testimony from the “secret” hearings.
Forty-six senators have co-sponsored the resolution, Graham confirmed. “This is not about Donald Trump anymore,” he told Hannity. “This is about the future of the presidency. This is about who we are as a nation. For the sake of the presidency and due process in America, hopefully we can all tell the House, ‘Stop; do not continue what you’re doing. It is unfair; it is dangerous.'”
Graham said last night that the DOJ inspector general’s “FISA abuse” report will be released “pretty soon,” a fact Hannity told Graham during Thursday’s interview that he can independently corroborate. He added that the report, first expected in May or June, will be released “with very few redactions.”
Graham repeated another pledge made Wednesday that he will soon have Horowitz testify to the Judiciary Committee.
The report is expected to reveal whether or not the U.S. intelligence community abused its power by obtaining surveillance warrants on Carter Page, a former Trump campaign adviser, between October 2016 and June 2017, based on an unverified “dossier” of material which some now say had its origins in Ukraine.
Also new on Thursday, Hannity, confirmed, is that the U.S. attorney tasked with investigating the origins of the Russia “collusion” probe which hampered the first two years of Trump’s presidency is now pursuing a “criminal” investigation rather than an administrative review.