WASHINGTON, D.C. — Back when House Republicans impeached former President William Jefferson Clinton, Sen. Lindsey Graham (Q-SC), then a member of the House Republican caucus, was one of the impeachment managers. At the heart of that impeachment was whether Clinton had lied under oath about a sexual dalliance he had outside the bonds of marriage, but inside the friendly confines of the Oval Office.
After a couple of days of testimony in the second impeachment trial of Barack Obama’s white collar criminal successor to the presidency, Graham was pilloried on Twitter when he insisted that the number of Republican senators voting “not guilty” was probably increasing after the House manager’s presented their case. Graham went further and called the House manager’s presentation “offensive and absurd.”
The 'Not Guilty' vote is growing after today.
I think most Republicans found the presentation by the House Managers offensive and absurd.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) February 11, 2021
This morning, just before going into the Senate chamber to hear a third day of presentations against the former president, Graham gave more insights into his thinking. He explained with more detail why he “isn’t buying” anything the House managers are presenting. Ultimately, he said it comes down to a “comparison of values” and he’s comparing this impeachment to the one he prosecuted.
“The bottom line here is something I think is very simple. They haven’t proven a damn thing that was done by the former president is impeachable,” Graham said. “Not a single damn thing. And if I were on their team, which I am clearly not, I would tell them they better hurry up and prove Monica was blowing Trump, or they’re kaput.”
Sen. Graham made sure to state, however, that “just a blowjob” isn’t enough to impeach a former president, or a sitting one for that matter.
“Now, let me clear though, that a president getting a hummer in the Oval isn’t the issue,” Graham forced a laugh, “because if it were, Devin, Jim Jordan, Matt Gaetz, and me would have gotten Trump impeached three years ago.”
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