Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said, “Salem witches got a better deal” than President Donald Trump as Democrats ramp up their impeachment inquiry as the third phase in House Judiciary Committee.
Graham’s remarks came after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to the White House notifying the Trump administration that his committee had scheduled its first impeachment hearing for the next Wednesday, Dec. 4.
“Jerry Nadler is inviting President Trump to participate in the Judiciary Committee hearings—after all the facts were gathered in Schiff’s Intel Committee—where the president’s team was shut out,” Graham wrote in a tweet. “Salem witches got a better deal than this.”
Let me see if I have this right.
Jerry Nadler is inviting President Trump to participate in the Judiciary Committee hearings—after all the facts were gathered in Schiff’s Intel Committee — where the president’s team was shut out.
Salem witches got a better deal than this!
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 27, 2019
“Trump’s team [will] be allowed to call witnesses and introduce evidence at the House Judiciary Committee? If not, square this with due process,” he asked.
The second round of hearings for next week is the next step in the impeachment process led by Democrats. They are investigating whether President Trump improperly pressured Ukraine’s leader to conduct an investigation into potential political rival former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, by using military aid and a White House visit as leverage.
In a letter to the president, Nadler said the hearing will “discuss whether your alleged actions warrant the House’s exercising its authority to adopt articles of impeachment.”
“The Committee looks forward to your participation in the impeachment inquiry as the Committee fulfills its constitutional duties,” Nadler continued. “While we invite you to this hearing, we remind you that if you continue to refuse to make witnesses and documents available to the committees of jurisdiction, under H. Res. 660, ‘the chair shall have the discretion to impose appropriate remedies.'”
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham responded to the letter on Wednesday, reported the Fox News. “The White House is currently reviewing Chairman Nadler’s letter—but what is obvious to every American is that this letter comes at the end of an illegitimate sham partisan process,” she wrote. “The president has done nothing wrong and the Democrats know it.”
After the final public impeachment hearing wrapped up in House Intelligence Committee, Graham, who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, met with his fellow Republican senators and White House officials to map out how a potential trial on articles of impeachment could play out.
Last week, Graham requested documents from the State Department as part of an effort to shed light on Biden’s role in firing of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin, who at the time, was investigating into Burisma Holdings, the Ukrainian natural gas firm where Hunter Biden served on the board. He is also seeking documents linked to other administration officials under President Barack Obama.