Even though some establishment Republicans have sided with Democrats in their support of an impeachment effort against former President Donald Trump, plenty of other GOP leaders are vehemently opposed to the idea.
In fact, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) recently told Fox News Channel host Sean Hannity that even some Senate Democrats are souring on the idea based on its perceived political downsides to the effort pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).
“This is going to blow up in their face”
As the Daily Caller reported, Graham’s remarks came during an on-air appearance on Thursday.
“There’s more than a handful of Democrats praying that [President] Joe Biden will get on the phone and call [Senate Democratic Leader Chuck] Schumer and say it’s over because they understand this is going to blow up in their face politically,” he said.
The South Carolina Republican insisted that his party is largely united against the impeachment effort despite recent remarks by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the chamber’s top Republican.
In the wake of a deadly Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, McConnell said that he believed Trump had “provoked” protesters to storm the Capitol building, implying that he believed the then-president’s rhetoric constituted impeachable acts.
Following a recent meeting with the GOP leader, however, Graham declared that he had “never felt better about the Republican Senate conference being united behind the idea that what the House did was wrong in terms of process.”
“Not one witness was called”
A handful of Republicans reached across the aisle to vote earlier this month in favor of making Trump the only president to be impeached twice on the argument that he incited violence ahead of the Capitol siege.
While Graham had initially distanced himself from Trump in the immediate aftermath of the riot, he has since been vocal in his opposition to the impeachment effort.
“The second impeachment of Donald Trump is not wearing well over time,” he said. “Democrats are in a box. They started this thing in the House, they impeached the president of the United States in Nancy Pelosi’s House in less than 50 hours from bringing it up to conclusion, without a lawyer, not one witness was called.”
As a result, Graham predicted that the Senate will “have an overwhelming Republican vote that this second impeachment of Donald Trupm in unconstitutional.”
His stance appears to run counter to reports that McConnell is at least somewhat supportive of an impeachment trial and might even vote in favor of conviction in order to “purge” Trump from the GOP. In any case, it is unlikely that the 17 Republican senators needed to convict Trump will ultimately vote to do so.