Sen. Lindsey Graham: Impeachment ‘dead on arrival’ in the Senate

FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham,...
FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2019, file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., takes questions from reporters at the Capitol in Washington. Congressional Republicans have spent most of the past two years studiously avoiding any public fights with President Donald Trump, either out of party loyalty or fear of being on the wrong end of a presidential tweetstorm. That public show of unity ended emphatically when Trump announced he would be withdrawing U.S. forces from northern Syria in advance of an impending Turkish military operation against Syrian Kurdish militia fighters. Graham, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Ted Cruz of Texas all joined Democratic colleagues in publicly criticizing the idea, with Graham even going on Fox News to label the decision “short-sighted and irresponsible.” (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)(J. Scott Applewhite | AP)
Updated: Oct. 9, 2019 at 6:47 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is apparently trying to warn House Democrats that, while the House of Representatives may impeach President Trump, the Senate will not remove him from office.

"Impeachment based on the transcripts is dead on arrival in the Senate,” Graham said. “Impeachment based on the Mueller report is DOA. I don't know where the Democrats are taking this. They are doing it in secret. They are doing it in a fashion that doesn't withstand scrutiny."

Graham is also on the record saying he plans to ask other Senate Republicans to sign a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, saying Senate Republicans do not believe the transcript of the phone call between President Trump and the Ukranian President is an impeachable offense.

"They're about to destroy the nation for no good reason," Graham said on Fox News. "I want Nancy Pelosi to know that Republican senators are not going to impeach this president based on this transcript, so she can stop now before she destroys the country."

The White House, meantime, said it won't cooperate with the impeachment inquiry until House Democrats take an actual vote on the House floor authorizing it. Democrats said no vote is necessary to move forward with the impeachment inquiry.

If the president is impeached in the House, a trial would follow in the Senate, where 67 senators would need to vote in the affirmative to remove the president.

Currently, there are only 47 Democrats in that chamber.

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