Lindsey Graham has admitted he has ‘disdain‘ for the impeachment inquiry into Donald Trump over alleged misconduct with Ukraine.
Republican senator Lindsey Graham has said he has made up his mind on impeachment and does not plan on being a “fair juror” in a Senate trial of Donald Trump. Senators will be called upon to determine whether the president should be removed from office if the House of Representatives votes to pass articles of impeachment against Mr Trump this week.
However, Mr Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has said he plans to shut down an impeachment trial as quickly as possible and does not want to hear from any more witnesses on the president’s alleged misconduct with Ukraine.
“I have clearly made up my mind. I’m not trying to hide the fact that I have disdain for the accusations and the process,” Mr Graham told CNN on Sunday.
“I am ready to vote on the underlying articles. I don’t really need to hear a lot of witnesses.”
The senator’s admission comes as Democrats have warned, Republicans will not judge the evidence against Mr Trump impartially.
In an interview with CNN International’s Becky Anderson, Mr Graham was asked if it was appropriate for him to be voicing his disdain for the process before a trial has even begun.
“I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here,” he replied.
“This thing [impeachment] will come to the Senate, and it will die quickly, and I will do everything I can to make it die quickly,” Mr Graham added.
Chuck Schumer, the Democratic minority leader in the Senate, has said it is “paramount” that a fair and honest impeachment trial takes place.
Last week, The Washington Post reported that Mr Trump wants to launch a public defence of his actions and call Joe Biden and senior Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Adam Schiff to testify.