Graham Follows Through on Promise on Impeachment Resolution

“THIS IS ABOUT THE FUTURE OF THE PRESIDENCY”

by Sharon Rondeau

https://www.republicanleader.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/mcconnell-sponsors-resolution-urging-the-house-to-respect-due-process

(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.

 

 

4 Responses to "Graham Follows Through on Promise on Impeachment Resolution"

  1. Rosemary   Saturday, October 26, 2019 at 10:07 AM

    OH Yes JIG! We already know that NO CRIMES WERE COMMITTED BY PRESIDENT TRUMP. THE DEMS ARE ABUSING THEIR POWER B/C THEY STILL RESENT THE FACT THAT TRUMP WON AND CLINTON DIDN’T. THANK GOD.
    Go back to sleep. It is obvious you are a troll.

  2. Jigsaw St. John   Friday, October 25, 2019 at 7:45 PM

    Until the impeachment inquiry is completed, we don’t know if any crimes have been committed. That is 5he point of the inquiry.

    Impeachment is not the overturning of the 2016 election. If that were true then following convict and removal, Clinton would become President. If the Senate convicts Trump then Mike Pence who was elected along with him will become President.

    If impeachment is the overturning of an election, then the impeachment clause could never be used against an elected official.

  3. Rosemary   Friday, October 25, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Jigsaw John, You wouldn’t be saying “calm down” if it were you who was being accused of crimes you didn’t commit. These talks of impeachment should not even be taking place. I am a Trump supporter and an American citizen. The problem is this, it doesn’t only affect Trump, it affects his supporters. 63,000,000 citizens who voted for him are being robbed of their civil liberties by having their vote overturned by the democrats who couldn’t win an election for dog catcher. Their very actions right now, carrying on with”phoney impeachment” procedures and not doing the work of the people, not even their own supporters is proof enough that the RIGHT MAN WON THE 2016 ELECTION!. Democrats should have been working on lowering the cost of housing and the cost of medication and many other issues important to our welfare. Democrats are a disgrace. I’ll leave it at that.

  4. Jigsaw St. John   Friday, October 25, 2019 at 11:37 AM

    Graham was a House manager for the Clinton impeachment. Many of the depositions and witness interviews were behind closed doors and in secret.

    This phase has been compared to the Grand Jury/Indictment phase of a criminal investigation. Aren’t they typically done in secret and the target of the investigation does not get to call or cross examine witnesses?

    First, they gather evidence and hold hearings,
    Second, they issue articles of impeachment,
    Third, the whole House votes on the articles of impeachment.
    Fourth, a trial is held in the Senate.

    During the 4th stage (the trial), Trump will be allowed to call witnesses, cross examine other witnesses and present evidence.

    People need to just calm down and let the impeachment process take its course.

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