Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) took aim at Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) for his calls to impeach President Donald Trump, saying that no Republican would follow him into that battle.
While talking to reporters outside a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, Graham — a staunch senatorial ally of the president — was pressed for his thoughts on the importance of Amash’s calls for the impeachment of the president.
Graham shot back that he believed it had “zero” importance and noted that he does not believe any Republicans will “follow his lead” on the issue.
“I don’t think anybody is going to follow his lead. I don’t think there’s going to a stampede based on what Amash says,” the chairman of the Senate Judiciary said before pointing out that the five Democrats that voted to impeach former President Bill Clinton “were not exactly hailed as heroes.”
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Today @LindseyGrahamSC on Congressman Justin Amash calling for impeachment.
“I don’t think it’s going to be a trend setting move.
“When 5 Democrats voted with us to impeach Clinton they were not exactly hailed as heroes.” pic.twitter.com/v4swKIreyd
— Kevin Bishop (@KevinDBishop) May 21, 2019
Graham continued on to torch the Michigan Republican, proclaiming Amash had “made his decision” when he called for Trump’s impeachment, restating that he did not think the idea would catch on with the rest of the Republican Party.
“He made his decision. He’s going to have to live with it. But I don’t think it’s going to be a trendsetting move by any means.”
Over the weekend, Amash published a flurry of tweets claiming that the president engaged in “impeachable conduct,” basing his calls off of his view of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian election interference.
Amash is the first Republican to call for Trump’s impeachment.
As IJR Red previously reported, Amash’s move was formally condemned by the House Freedom Caucus, of which the Michigan Republican was a founding member, with fellow Freedom Caucus member Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) stating on Monday that “every single member disagre[ed]” his stance.
Amash did not back down from his position on the issue Monday, tweeting out that those who are saying “there were no underlying crimes and therefore the president could not have intended to illegally obstruct the investigation” were “resting their argument on several falsehoods.”