Republican Senator Lindsey Graham proved that just because two lawmakers disagree on the issues, they can still be civil to each other. After the second grueling day of impeachment hearings, Graham approached Democratic House Representative Adam Schiff to compliment him on a job well done. His performance was a lot better than Jerry Nadler’s the day before.
“He’s well spoken, did a good job of creating a tapestry, taking bits and pieces of evidence and emails and giving a rhetorical flourish, making the email come alive — sometimes effectively, sometimes a little over the top,” Graham told reporters afterward.
Graham is an outspoken ally of President Trump and doesn’t try to hide the fact he’s impatient to vote for acquittal. Schiff is radically on the other side of the fence, tasked with laying out the road map of the House case against Trump. In his part of the Democrat’s opening argument, Schiff still hasn’t spelled out any actual “crimes” which the President allegedly committed, but what he did say, he said very well.
Democrat prosecutor and Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says he would call Graham’s remark, “a professional compliment.” He told CNN, “It was sort of a nice human moment,” when Graham “stopped to congratulate a man who had a hard day, but a good day.” Whitehouse went on to say, you can “agree or disagree on what conclusions to draw,” but Senator Schiff “did a very good job as an advocate in a very long day on the Senate floor.”
Graham may have enjoyed Schiff’s oratory but it hasn’t changed his mind. He’s going to advise his colleagues to pick apart that verbal tapestry. “So what I’ll tell my colleagues is the other side gets to talk, and see if they can pull a thread here and pull a thread there, and see if it holds up.”
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Graham is also disappointed that House managers keep sidestepping the Biden issues. Questions are swirling around former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden’s ties to a Ukrainian oil company. The South Carolina Senator is already on the record that He’ll do all he can to help the impeachment trial “die quickly.”
“I am trying to give a pretty clear signal I have made up my mind. I’m not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here,” Graham admits. “What I see coming, happening today is just a partisan nonsense.”
Democrats, he insists, still have an “uphill battle” to convince him that President Trump did anything illegal. It’s not right that they’re trying to overturn the last election and steal the next one. “the best group of people to pick a president are the voters,” he declares, “not a bunch of partisan politicians.”