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Sen. Graham: 'Don't Need Any Witnesses' in Impeachment Trial

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham is shown on Capitol Hill.
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By    |   Thursday, 12 December 2019 11:21 AM

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham insisted Thursday that he doesn't need "any witnesses at all" if the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump come before his committee and that his goal is to stop the matter as "soon as possible for the good of the country."

"If they get 218 votes, that will be the trial record," the South Carolina Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" during a short break in the House Judiciary Committee's debate on articles of impeachment. "Let the House managers present their case. Let the president's lawyers comment on the House case. Then vote."

He added that he doesn't have "any desire" to call in Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, or Joe and Hunter Biden. 

"We can look at the Biden affair outside of impeachment," said Graham. "My goal is to end this as soon as possible for the good of the country. It's a danger to the presidency to legitimize this...what I would like to see happen for this thing to get over as soon as possible. I don't want to give it any legitimacy. It is a crock."

He added that he trusted special counsel Robert Mueller to look at "all things" concerning Trump and Russia, and after two years he took no action. 

"Every impeachment, except for this one, has been conducted by outside counsel," said Graham. "Ken Starr and (Bill Clinton), and the Watergate prosecutors found misconduct by President (Richard) Nixon."

But in Trump's case, "this is being driven by Democratic partisans," said Graham. "This is being rushed, no due process. Abuse of power, if you are looking for it, my Democrat House colleagues, look in the mirror."

And without witnesses, Graham said the procedure would take "closer to a week for sure" for it to be over.
"How long does it take for the House to appear before the Senate to go over the evidence they used to impeach the president in the House?" said Graham.  

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham insisted Thursday that he doesn't need "any witnesses at all" if the impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump come before his committee.
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