Lindsey Graham Blasts Adam Schiff on Impeachment: 'This is a Joke Process'
Graham said the Intelligence Committee chairman’s actions are 'dangerous'
Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina rebuked House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff on his and the House Democrats' tactics in the drive to impeach President Donald Trump, calling it a "joke process."
Graham said the Intelligence Committee chairman’s actions are “dangerous” and said he “needs to stop."
Speaking on the Fox News show “Sunday Morning Futures," Graham said:
“The whole process is illegitimate in the House."
Graham said his concerns have now widened.
“It’s not just the whistleblower. You don’t want to create a situation where an anonymous person can start impeachment proceedings against the president of the United States,” Graham said.
“This is a joke of a process. It’s dangerous to the country,” he said.
Graham argued that the impeachment inquiry is political, rather than for the good of the country.
“This is being driven by Schiff and Nadler, Pelosi. Partisan people,” Graham said, citing Jerrold Nadler of New York and Nancy Pelosi.
“I’m going to try to get this over as quickly as possible,” Graham said.
“I’m saying that I am going to end this as quickly as I can for the good of the country,” Graham said.
“When 51 of us say we’ve heard enough, the trial is going to end,” Graham said.
“The president’s going to be acquitted. He may want to call Schiff; he may want to call Hunter Biden, he may want to call Joe Biden. But here’s my advice to the president: If the Senate is ready to vote and ready to acquit you, you should celebrate that."
"And we can look at this other stuff outside of impeachment. Impeachment is tearing the country apart; I don’t want to give it any more credibility than it deserves,” he said.
Graham also blasted the House for their tactics on the inquiry.
“I think it’s dangerous,” Graham said after host Maria Bartiromo recounted some of the tactics Schiff used in the House.
“Here’s what I would tell Adam Schiff. Do you really want to start calling other members, Republican members of Congress in oversight? Do you want me to call you to the Senate as part of Senate oversight?” he said.
Last month, Graham vowed to call Schiff to testify before the Senate over questions from the GOP that he is refusing to answer.
The Republicans vowed to personally call anti-Trump Democrat Rep. Schiff to testify in the Senate if the House impeaches President Donald Trump.