by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 24, 2019) — In an evening of fast-breaking news Wednesday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Sean Hannity that he plans to have U.S. Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to testify to his committee “pretty soon” (0:44 in video).
In recent months, Graham has pledged investigations into the origins of the Russia “collusion” probe, but some believe he has fallen short of his promises. On Tuesday, he said he would introduce a Senate resolution declaring the House of Representatives’ “impeachment inquiry” “illegitimate.”
On Wednesday Hannity posited that the inquiry, officially launched by the House one month ago today, lacks due process and is therefore unconstitutional, a contention with which Graham agreed. “
His reference was to former President William Jefferson Clinton, who was impeached by the House of Representatives in 1998 but, after trial by the Senate, not removed from office.
Democrats claim that Trump abused the power of his office in a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, a claim the latter president has denied. An anonymous “whistleblower” complaint reportedly served as the catalyst for Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s declaration of the “impeachment inquiry” on September 24.
Graham said that in regard to the impeachment process, the Senate does not consist of “just jurors.” “We can actually make motions to dismiss Articles of Impeachment,” he told Hannity. “Here’s what I promise your audience I’ll do: If they continue to treat President Trump this way, if they continue to try him behind closed doors, deny him the ability to confront his accuser and this process results in an impeachment article, I will move to dismiss it in the Senate because I think it’s illegitimate and unconstitutional, and I will do it not only to help President Trump, who deserves to be helped, but to protect future presidents from kangaroo-court proceedings in the House. All I’m asking Democrats to do is have a transparent process like we did with Clinton so the American people can make a decision as to what happened and not rely on a bunch of Democrats to tell us what happened.”
Changing subjects, (4:44), Hannity raised the much-anticipated “FISA abuse” report Horowitz has reportedly completed but which has not yet been released publicly. To Hannity’s claim that the “dirty dossier” paid for by the DNC and Hillary Clinton campaign was utilized to obtain FISA warrants on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page and amounted to “premeditated fraud on a court,” Graham said, “The bottom line, Sean…Horowitz has finished his report; the only thing left to do is to make sure there’s no classified information that would hurt our national security and notify people that are mentioned in the report to get their input. So it’s done; we’ll be getting it pretty soon.”