Most of Senate Republicans supported a resolution Thursday, Oct. 24, condemning the Democratic-run House for pursuing an illegitimate impeachment inquiry and demanding that Republicans be given more chances to question witnesses.

The resolution announced by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) gives Senate Republicans a chance to show support for the president. Graham said the House process so far has been “a star-chamber-type inquiry” and accused Democrats of using it to damage Trump.

“If you can drive down a president’s poll numbers by having proceedings where you selectively leak information, where the president who’s the subject of all this is pretty much shut out, God help future presidents,” Graham told reporters.

“What’s going on is a run around the impeachment process, creating a secret proceeding behind closed doors that fundamentally, in my view, denies due process,” he added.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), is a leading co-sponsor of the measure. Here’s the key points of the Graham-McConnell resolution:

  1. Calls on the House of Representatives, prior to proceeding any further with its impeachment investigation into President Trump, to vote to initiate a formal impeachment inquiry.
  2. Calls on the House to provide President Trump, like every other American, with due process, to include the ability to confront his accusers, call witnesses on his behalf, and have a basic understanding of the accusations against him that would form any basis for impeachment.
  3. Calls on the House of Representatives to provide members of the minority with the ability to participate fully in all proceedings and have equal authority to issue subpoenas and other compulsory process.

Later Thursday, Graham said 44 of the Senate’s 53 Republicans had co-sponsored the resolution

List of 44 sponsors on Senate Resolution condemning the House of Representatives’ closed door impeachment inquiry.


— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 24, 2019

Graham asserted, “As to me, the House process is a sham and the phone call was perfectly fine. I see no evidence of misconduct by President Donald Trump.”

Meanwhile, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) didn’t seem to mind the “open process” in the form of a House vote as suggested by Graham.

“I’ll take a look at that,” Romney said. “I’d like to see a vote taken in the House to see if there’s support for an impeachment process. I’d love to see a more open process and I think it’s important we protect the whistleblower according to whistleblower law.”

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