By Bob Gatty
With the U.S. Senate about to consider the fate of President Trump in its impeachment trial, HCDP calls on Sens. Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott to “let the facts do the talking” when deciding how to vote.
As we wrote last month, just over two years ago Graham called Donald Trump “a jackass” and “not fit to be president of the United States.” Now, he’s since become Trump’s flip-flopping bestie who has no intention of being a “fair juror” during the expected Senate trial.
“This thing will come to the Senate, and it will die quickly, and I will do everything I can to make it die quickly,” the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman said during an interview with CNN International’s Becky Anderson at the Doha Forum in Qatar.
Then, There’s Sen. Scott
Scott has maintained his solid support for Trump as well.
“I am confident that there’s no way it gets out of the Senate,” Scott said, adding that he was unmoved by two weeks of public testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.
There, Trump administration witnesses detailed allegations about how the Trump administration withheld $400 million in military aid trying to pressure Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden, the son of former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.
“The bombshells really are the lack of bombshells, from my perspective,” Scott said. “The Ukrainians got the aid, and they got it without any conditions.”
While Scott’s vote obviously is important, as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Graham will have a huge role in determining the course of the trial, whether it is a sham or reasonably fair.
But his intention to dispense quickly with the matter is in sharp contrast with what he said in 1998 when, as a member of the House of Representatives, he led the impeachment of President Clinton following the Monica Lewinsky debacle:
“Members of the Senate have said ‘I understand everything there is about this case and I won’t vote to impeach the president.’ Please allow the facts to do the talking. Don’t decide the case before the case is in.”
Quite a switch there, Senator. On Clinton, it was “Listen to the facts”. On Trump, it’s the facts be damned. “I will do everything in my power to make it die quickly.”
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