Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), one-time Clinton impeachment manager, on Monday, Nov. 4, defended President Donald Trump against the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, saying the president cannot be impeached for his Ukraine phone call.

“There was nothing wrong with that phone call,” Graham said in an interview with Fox News’s Laura Ingraham.

“He did nothing wrong. If that’s an impeachable offense, you won’t have any presidents left,” said Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

In a “congratulatory” phone call with Ukrainian new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy on July 25, President Trump asked whether Ukraine could “look into” allegations of wrongdoing against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. An anonymous whistleblower filed a complaint alleging that President Trump pressured Zelenskiy to investigate his political opponent.

House Democrats launched an impeachment inquiry into President Trump and last week got a resolution passed to formalize the impeachment process, though all Republicans voted against the measure.

The Democrats also accused that President Trump delayed a planned military aid worth $250 million to Ukraine to pressure Ukraine to investigate the Bidens, but the Trump administration explained it held up the money to analyze the extent to which Ukraine addressed U.S. concerns about corruption and the funding was released in September.

“I didn’t take this as a quid pro quo. We didn’t cut off aid and Joe Biden wasn’t investigated,” Graham told Fox News.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) speaks in an interview with Fox News on impeachment inquiry of President Trump on Nov. 4, 2019. (Screenshot/FoxNews)

Regarding the whistleblower, Graham said he believes the whistleblower statute has become a dangerous tool in the wrong hands, because it is designed to keep somebody from being fired if they report corruption, but never designed to keep somebody anonymous.

Graham said “impeachment is the political death penalty,” but it is based on the anonymous source, so “we need the whistleblower’s name, we need who they are.”

“We need to look at whether or not Hunter Biden corruptly engaged in lobbying, did Joe Biden ask the prosecutor to be fired because he was investigating his son?” Graham added.

Answering a question if the whistleblower could submit written answers to testimony as his/her attorney suggested, Graham said, “If you’re charged with the crime and the person accusing you of wrongdoing, they don’t have the ability to say I will take written questions.”

“You have a constitutional right to confront your accuser and this idea of saying they will take written questions violates every norm of due process,” he said.

Graham said every impeachment was conducted by outside counsel, except this, where the Democrat-led House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) are not “looking for the truth.”

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