Graham says Republicans are ‘united’ against ‘unconstitutional’ Trump impeachment effort

Weeks after a riot at the U.S. Capitol lifted hopes among Democrats of banishing Donald Trump from political life forever, the former president is poised to come out on top.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reiterated to Fox News on Wednesday that his party is “very united” against what he called an “unconstitutional” push to convict Trump on an impeachment charge as a private citizen.

“A post-presidential impeachment”

Graham was repeating what has been obvious for some days since 45 Republican senators moved to dismiss the trial, agreeing with Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) that it’s unconstitutional to impeach a former president.

“I think the Republican Party is going to be very united around the idea that impeaching a president who lives in Florida, who’s out of office, is unconstitutional,” Graham told Fox’s America Reports on Wednesday.

Democrats insist that Trump must be barred from seeking office ever again, claiming in a legal brief that Trump is “singularly responsible” for a riot at the Capitol in January, Fox notes. But with 17 Republican votes necessary for his conviction, he is almost certainly in the clear.

Graham also pointed out Wednesday the abnormality of the process, noting that Chief Justice John Roberts will be absent, and warned that it would set a bad precedent.

“Nobody, I think, ever envisioned a post-presidential impeachment. It will open up Pandora’s Box for the presidency,” the senator said, according to Fox. “I think they’ll be close to 47 or 48 votes for the idea that this is an unconstitutional exercise, but not enough to stop the case.”

Trump foes out of luck

Trump’s lawyers plan to argue that the trial is moot, since he’s no longer in office, and they assert that Trump had a First Amendment right to have questioned the election as “suspect,” anyway.

They liken a Senate conviction to a bill of attainder, which is barred by the Constitution.

Democrats are taking a far different and longitudinal view: Trump, and essentially anyone who ever disputed Joe Biden’s victory, such as Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), played a role in an “insurrection” and must be punished, in their eyes.

According to Trump’s lawyers, Trump “denies” that it was false for him to claim that the election was fraudulent. But his lawyers don’t plan to rehash the election at the trial, and Republican senators including Graham are also said to be cool to any notion of discussing the election.

The trial, which begins Tuesday, seems likely to play out as a predictable political spectacle, much like Trump’s first impeachment, which ended with his vindication last February, as NPR reported.

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  1. Trump won the election, period. The Democrats and Republicans got together to take the election from Trump, because they thought he diluted their power. YOU idiots, take note you (535) congressional members; you diluted your power, because you betrayed the citizens you had sworn an oath to serve and protect. Forever Trump-the greatest President in our lifetime!!!

      1. But one cannot compete with fraud. Biden himself told us ahead of election that he had the most exclusive fraud ever set up. There is no question that the election was fraudulent.
        I still have the picture of Biden saying this.

      2. They need to kick Biden out and put him in jail for treason and let a President Trump go ahead and complete the next four years

    1. Judy you are absolutely right / the democrat party has become Americas enemy through its present leaders, if they do not rid themselves of nancy , chuckie and their comrades they will fall like Hitler or any evil leaders who take on our great country

  2. It is unacceptable that the fraudulent election isn’t going to be mentioned no due process for President Trump struck down all the way to the supreme court .And many constitutional laws broken and ignored .And I question all biden votes in all 50 states, all democrats that won on this election cycle .MY opinion the machines have been switching votes since the day they were put into the election process.

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  4. Any person with half a brain cell knows this impeachment, just like the last one, is a complete and utter disgraceful sham. The Communist party, formerly known as the Democratic party, are nothing more than greedy, power hungry, genocidal murderers, and economy and job killing morons who don’t give a crap about this country or our own citizens. They will destroy us all to get what they want. Republicans must fight back – no more Mr Nice Guy because America and it’s citizens are counting on you.
    GOD help us.

    1. They should be made to pay the 85 MILLION that it cost tax payers for that phony investigation from their salaries that our tax dollars also paid for. Constituents had better starts realizing these politicians work for us. We are their employers & their incompetent, irresponsible, cavalier use of our tax dollars are unacceptable. If they worked for a company they would have been fired.

  5. Everyone knows that Trump won the election and that it was fixed by the Democrats and RINO Republicans because they love the swamp, it makes them multi-millionaires and even billionaires! What is not to like come on down get slimy and filthy rich everyone is doing it!!!! Just look at the financial success of the Cllinton’s and the Obama’s. From nothing we are broke Hilliary to swimming in millions and billions!!! How could you say no, easy when you do not have a conscious!!!

    1. Phil,
      You are absolutely right spot on on all. The Democrats hate the Constitution because it should put them all in jail for TREASON. Our for fathers new this day would come and they gave us everything in the frame work. they sold our Country out for money and power, to bad President Trump didn’t declare Martial Law and round them all up that’s also in the Constitution…..Semper-Fi!

  6. We American Republicans, no matter the true number of this Republican Party, MUST take a stand against those Demonicpublicans, who Did In Fact, Rig and Steal this 2020 election.

    The Demonicpublicans do in fact receive and enjoy what they sow from “ The Swamp”. They are as Corrupt as can be.

    If we remember President Trumps 2016 promise to “Drain The Swamp” which He had a good start” during his first 4 years.

    These Demonicpublicans and numerous “ Traitor Republicans” all participated in the election fraud and steal to keep Trump from finishing his “ Drain the Swamp”, and these Demonpublicans and Republican Traitors knew their “ Gravy Train” would come to an end soon.

    Only way to stop this Drain the Swamp was to Lie, Cheat, and Steal Trumps Votes. Just like Bruce Buffer states,
    “ ITS TIME” to take these Lying DemoncRATS out of OUR Offices.

    America sees what the Demonpublicans are and have done, and we are sick of their CRAP. 2022 will be Our opportunity to remove these Pukes from office “Once and for all”.

    Let’s do it before it is too late.

    1. It is really surprising that the rats in Washington DC need a fenced wall around the Capitol and White House(and National Guard to protect them from the citizens they are to be representing, OPS! They represent China and Communism. How can I forget!!!

    2. We all know the truth that President Trump did win re-election but dems do not want the truth to come out so they bury the truth. Wouldn’t it solve everything if the dems allowed all the evidence to be seen to discredit Trump and to show Trump supporters that he lied to us and did not win. Then we would accept biden. But no,they won’t cause the dems know the evidence prooves they did it and they know there would be riots in the streets and they would be shamed and President Trump would be declared the winner.

  7. Time for the Democratic Party to re-imburse the USA treasury for not only the first sham but this second one also !!

  8. I’VE SEEN COMMUNIST FIRSTHAND , THE ONLY THING THEY UNDERSTAND IS EXTREME POWER AND DEATH AGAINST THERE LITTLE PEANUT HEAD. AND A CONSTANT THREAT OF DEATH IF THEY DON’T COMPLY…..THEY HAVE SUBHUMAN REASONING, PACT ANIMALS….

  9. GRAHAM IS A MAJOR SWAMP RAT 🐀 BACK STABBING TO FACED PIECE OF COWARDLY DUNG 💩 ! PLEASE SPAIR US 🇺🇸 🙏 ALL THE GOP UNITED POOP 💩 . THE DEMONRATS ARE UNITED ……. ! GOP UNITED ! LOL 😆 🤣 😂 WHAT A COMPLETE JOKE , THAT IS NOT FUNNY ! I WOULD SAY GO TO HELL BUT THANKS TO THE SO CALLED ” UNITY OF THE GOOD OLD PARTY …. WE ARE WHERE WE ARE NOW !!!
    SO MANY KEEP PLAYING US-ALL FOR CLUELESS. THANKS AGAIN SWAMP RATS 🐀

  10. Thank you president Donald Trump for open the box all the Lies, and stills,Suppose the house and the senate work for the people,
    But Nancy pelucha,It Chuckie schumber,
    Is a Big rates,
    Thanks God president Donald Trump is not a political it’s a big business man

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