Republican Senator blamed Nancy Pelosi for thousands of pro-Trump protesters breaching the Capitol earlier this month, claiming it is the House Speaker’s responsibility to provide security at the Capitol.
Graham said, “To see people come and take over Capitol – the House and the Senate – beat officers, defile the seat of the government. How in the hell could that happen? Where was Nancy Pelosi? It’s her job to provide Capitol security”.
He added: ‘We’ll get to the bottom of that’.
The Capitol protest left hundreds injured and five dead, including a Capitol Police officer who was hit over the head by a rioter with a fire-hydrant.
Several Republicans have joined the ranks of Democrats in blaming Trump for the storming on January 6, claiming he ‘incited an insurrection’ by riling up a crowd of thousands of his supporters right before they descended on Capitol Hill.
While Trump has denounced the violence and condemned their actions, he has not taken responsibility for any involvement in the scene.
The Democrat-majority House voted Wednesday to impeach the president for his actions – with 10 Republicans crossing the aisle to vote in favor of a second impeachment of Trump.
Now, Democrats are debating over semantics of getting the articles of impeachment to the Senate. Some claim they should wait to pursue conviction until after Joe Biden’s first 100 days in office, while others want immediate action taken.
The Senate is in recess and won’t return until January 19, the day before Bidne’s inauguration – and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will not reconvene early to start the process of investigating and voting to convict.
Graham warned the Republican Party against convicting Trump, especially after he already vacates the White House, claiming it would be ‘disastrous.’
‘This is insane at every level,’ Graham said of the push for impeachment. ‘It will create further division in our country.’
‘What good comes from impeaching Donald Trump after he leaves office?’ Graham continued during his interview with Fox’s Maria Bartiromo. ‘This is a Scarlet Letter impeachment where the Democrats are trying, openly, to disqualify President Trump from ever holding office again after he leaves office. This has never been done in the history of our country, I think it is blatantly unconstitutional. It’s being driven by the radical left.’
He added: ‘And to my Republican colleagues in the Senate if we embrace an unconstitutional impeachment of Donald Trump after he’s out of office, it would destroy our party.’
‘The Republican Party wants to move forward. President Trump’s going to be the most important voice in the Republican Party for a long time to come,’ Graham asserted.
‘Impeaching him after he leaves office would be disastrous for our country and our party.’
Graham, a frequent Trump golfing buddy, said the president will ‘accept responsibility for his part on January 6’ in riling up the crowd who descended on the Capitol.
Trump, along with still not conceding he lost his reelection, has also not taken any of the onus for the attacks as Congress worked to certify the election for Joe Biden.
It is unclear still if conviction will be successful in the Senate since a two-thirds vote is required to pass the motion, meaning at least 16 Republicans would need to vote to convict.
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