As Republican senators’ calculous on the seemingly imminent Senate trial in the impeachment case against President Donald Trump appears to be changing, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he has no desire to witnesses during the trial.
Speaking to Fox News’s Bill Hemmer on Thursday, Graham said he wants “this thing get over as soon as possible,” adding, “I don’t want to give it any legitimacy because it’s a crock.”
Watch his comments below:
Graham said that he trusted Special Counsel Robert Mueller to conduct his investigation into the 2016 election interference fairly and accurately because he was an “outside entity.” He continued to attack the current process because it is “being driven by Democratic partisans.”
“Every impeachment except this one has been conducted by outside counsel. Ken Starr in Clinton, the Watergate prosecutors found misconduct by President Nixon. This is being driven by Democratic partisans. It’s being rushed. There’s no due process.”
He continued to accuse Democrats in the House of committing an abuse of power.
“Abuse of power, if you’re looking for it my Democratic House colleagues, look in the mirror,” Graham said.
Graham said that during the Senate trial, he wants to hear from the House impeachment managers and lawyers for Trump so both sides can make their case but added, “I don’t have any desire to call the vice president. I don’t have any desire to call Pompeo, Hunter Biden, or Joe Biden. We can look at the Biden affair outside of impeachment.”
“My goal is to end this as soon as possible for the good of the country because I think it is a danger to the presidency to legitimize this,” he said.
When Hemmer asked if Graham anticipated calling any witnesses, he responded, “I don’t need any witnesses at all. I am ready to go.”
Graham added that he wants to wrap up the Senate trial as soon as possible: “When it comes to extending the trial, I’m not in the extending the trial camp I’m in the getting it over with camp.”
Graham’s comments come as Republican senators have changed their tune on the duration of a Senate trial. In recent days, Republican senators said that they might not call any witnesses in seeking to hold a speedy trial.