Graham Introduces Resolution Condemning House Closed-Door Impeachment Process

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell introduced a resolution Thursday to condemn the mishandling of an ongoing impeachment inquiry. During a news conference, Graham expressed frustration shared with many of his fellow Republicans who have been barred from closed-door impeachment hearings.

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“The purpose of the resolution is to let the House know that the process you’re engaging in regarding the attempted impeachment of President Trump is out of bounds, is inconsistent with due process, is a Starr chamber type inquiry, and is a substantial deviation from what the House has done in the past regarding impeachment of other presidents,” said Graham.

In 2019, Rep. Al Green (D-TX) held a vote in which, 137 Democrats voted with the Republicans against impeaching Pres. Trump. Graham pointed to it as an example of opening an impeachment inquiry “the right way.” Moreover, he said the recent impeachment inquiry is part of the Democrats’ “new process” that Graham warned is “very dangerous for the country.”

“Instead of the Judiciary looking at a potential impeachable offense, they’ve created a process in the intel committee that’s behind closed-doors, doesn’t provide access to the President’s accuser, shuts Republicans out for all practical purposes, and is a unworthy substitute for the way you need to do it is at its core un-American,” Sen. Graham said.

Graham’s bill has the support of 44 Senators so far. Republicans believe the treatment President Trump has received is highly partisan and inconsistent with history and the constitution. If passed, the resolution will send a warning to Democrats that their process is “dangerous.”