The heat was turned up a notch for the president after a second whistleblower came forward on Sunday, surrounding Trump’s previous controversial phone call with the Ukrainian president, according to a lawyer, as IJR reported.
The first complaint, filed on August 12, alleged that Trump sought foreign help to investigate 2020 political rival Joe Biden, withholding military aid in the process. The complaint sparked the Democratic-led House to launch a formal impeachment inquiry against Trump on September 24.
Asked about the second whistleblower, Graham, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, told Fox News on Sunday that it’s “Kavanaugh all over again.”
“Remember Kavanaugh. That started with one complaint that wound up being unverifiable, a complaint against Judge Kavanaugh about a party that took place in high school 30 years ago, without any notice of where it happened and when it happened, and everybody described to be there said it didn’t happen, and five more allegations came after that. What did we learn in Kavanaugh? That they were coaching witnesses and they were piling on to try to create an impression that Judge Kavanaugh was a flawed human being. This is Kavanaugh all over again. The second whistleblower, if there is one, are they within the Intel community and what is it about the Intel community and Trump that is so off base here? And did Schiff do with the whistleblower the first one what they did with Kavanaugh witnesses, coach them up?”
Kavanaugh — who was nominated by Trump — was faced with multiple sexual assault accusations during his confirmation hearings to the Supreme Court.
Watch Graham’s interview below:
Graham made it clear that it’s “imperative” congressional Democrats “vote to open up articles of impeachment inquiry, not just talk about it.”
“Don’t hide behind Nancy Pelosi,” he said, adding, “It’s very important that the House vote on whether or not we should go forward on impeachment. That’s the democratic way of doing business.”
The Republican senator also declared: “If the whistleblower’s allegations are turned into an impeachment article, it’s imperative that the whistleblower be interviewed in public under oath and cross-examined. […] If that doesn’t happen in the House, I will make sure it happens in the Senate.”