By Jon Dougherty
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham told Fox News‘ Sean Hannity Wednesday night that he doesn’t see any of the legions of Democrats running for president capturing their party’s nomination if they don’t advocate for POTUS Donald Trump’s impeachment.
The South Carolina Republican noted that Democrats are now pivoting to impeachment despite a probe by special counsel Robert Mueller that lasted “two years” and involved “$25 million, 40 FBI agents, 19 lawyers, 2,800 subpoenas — and they find no collusion with the Russians.”
“The Democrats will not take Mueller…as the final word,” he continued. “Here’s what’s gonna happen. I don’t think you can get the Democratic nomination for president without advocating for the impeachment of Donald Trump.”
He added that he doesn’t think any Democrat running next year will be able to do so without calling for the president’s impeachment, despite the fact that he hasn’t been implicated in any crimes.
“I don’t think you’re gonna be able to survive in the Democratic Party without a primary if you don’t call for Trump’s impeachment,” he said, adding that he believes in 2020 “the public’s gonna kick the Democrats out of power and they’re gonna reelect the president if he stays focused on doing the job for the American people.”
Prior to Graham’s comments, Hannity showed a montage of Democratic lawmakers talking about how an “impeachment inquiry” was now necessary, even though Mueller did not find any “collusion” with Russia (because it was a hoax, to begin with).
But Mr. Honorable did provide Democrats with fuel for the impeachment fire when, in his report, he detailed several instances of maybe, could have, might have, “evidence” of crimes that he then ‘left to Congress to decide.’
As for the president, Graham said if Mueller does agree to appear before his committee at some point, he would ask him a couple of questions including, “Did Trump collude with the Russians?” and, to the ‘obstruction’ allegation, “Did the president do anything to stop you from doing your job?”
“The answer is ‘no,'” Graham said.
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