Senator Lindsey Graham, a Trump supporter with an occasional lapse of reason, told reporters Wednesday that he’s refusing to read the released transcripts related to the impeachment inquiry over Trump’s alleged quid pro quo with Ukraine. When asked by a reporter, who called Graham a “former impeachment manager,” the senator said outright: “I’m not going to read these transcripts.”
Lindsey Graham cries “BS,” refuses to read impeachment transcripts after demanding their release https://t.co/q9JHYbXqgN— Salon (@Salon) November 6, 2019
This declaration is not sitting well with people after Graham said just a month ago that he would find it “very disturbing” if someone could show him evidence of a quid pro quo outside of the actual phone call between Trump and Ukraine officials. The transcripts he is now refusing to read contain exactly this kind of evidence, including testimony from a growing number of individuals in the Trump administration.
“I’ve written the whole process off,” Graham said. “I think this is a bunch of B.S.”
He also demanded that these transcripts be released last month, back when the Republican issue with the inquiry was that testimony was happening “behind closed doors.” Now that the doors have been opened, Graham has only the one option.
Graham went on to call the Trump administration’s policy in Ukraine “incoherent” and argued that Ambassador Gordon Sondland’s changing his testimony to say there was a quid pro quo and former NATO ambassador Kurt Volker saying there wasn’t means the whole thing’s a wash. He seems to have forgotten the growing pile of other officials who have testified that there was a clear quid pro quo.
This has led some to suggest that Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judicial Committee, isn’t doing his job.
“I think Lindsey Graham should resign if he’s not going to do his job,” said former Rep. David Jolly, a Republican. “The chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee — and he said he’s not going to look at the facts of the allegations against the president of the United States? That he worked with a foreign nation to corrupt the domestic elections in 2020.”
And Jolly’s not the only one.
Dear @LindseyGrahamSC,— Ken Olin (@kenolin1) November 7, 2019
Evidence matters. Do your job.
Rep. Gerry Connolly: "The only thing missing in Lindsey Graham's defense [of Trump] is an insanity plea, which actually might work better than an incompetence plea." pic.twitter.com/Jez44N6Qzr— The Hill (@thehill) November 7, 2019
These are dedicated, career civil servants and Lindsey Graham won't even give them the respect of reading their testimony.— Jennifer Hayden (@Scout_Finch) November 7, 2019
Makes you wonder how many other crimes has Lindsey Graham has whistled past? Especially concerning considering his history as a JAG officer. https://t.co/fAUPzHRQ7v
Others have pointed out that his refusal to read the transcripts flies directly in the face of the guy he’s trying to defend.
The only defense worse than this would be if Graham said Trump was too stupid to commit a quid pro quo. Oh, wait.