Graham asks Schumer to hold Senate vote on canceling impeachment trial
The Trump ally tells the Democratic leader the proceeding against a former president is unconstitutional and will impede “the healing of this great nation.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.). | AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool
01/17/2021 03:33 PM EST
Updated: 01/17/2021 05:35 PM EST
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) asked Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in a letter on Sunday to support a vote to dismiss the House’s article of impeachment against President Donald Trump on a charge of incitement of violence.
“We will be delaying indefinitely, if not forever, the healing of this great nation if we do otherwise,” warned Graham, a top Trump ally. “Our obligation to the people we represent is clear. History will judge us harshly, as it should, if we do not rise to the occasion of this historic moment in our history.”
Graham’s letter comes as the Senate awaits the article of impeachment that passed the House with the support of 10 Republicans last week to be transmitted to the Senate, commencing a trial that won’t begin until after Joe Biden is sworn in as president on Wednesday.
Democrats will control the chamber when Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff of Georgia and Alex Padilla of California are sworn in as senators. The Senate will then be divided 50-50, empowering Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to deliver tiebreaking votes.
Graham argued that the political leaders who were complicit in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol “will be held accountable.” Trump for months falsely claimed the presidential election was stolen from him because of widespread voter fraud, and scores of congressional Republicans supported the president’s baseless claims, as well as his attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election by agreeing to challenge Congress’ certification of the results.
That’s when a mob of the president’s supporters stormed the Capitol in a clash in which at least five people died, and which prompted security concerns across Capitol Hill and Washington and led to the second impeachment of Tr