Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that “Salem witches got a better deal” than President Donald Trump after he reviewed the impeachment inquiry plans laid out by the House Judiciary Committee this week.
Graham, who is the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, blasted the House Democrats setup of the inquiry on Twitter after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to the White House, inviting Trump to attend the hearings on Dec. 4.
Graham, in his tweet, suggested that the process is unfair, noting that the president is being asked to testify after evidence was already presented and collected.
“Jerry Nadler is inviting President Trump to participate in the Judiciary Committee hearings—after all the facts were gathered in [Rep. Adam] Schiffs Intel Committee—where the presidents team was shut out,” he tweeted. “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 Schiffs Intel Committee — where the presidents team was shut out.
Salem witches got a better deal than this!
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) November 27, 2019
He also asked if “Trumps team [will] be allowed to call witnesses and introduce evidence at the House Judiciary Committee? If not, square this with due process.”
The new round of hearings were announced Tuesday as the third phase of the inquiry. Democrats are investigating whether Trump allegedly abused his office by not releasing aid to Ukraine in exchange for politically advantageous investigations, which Trump and Ukrainian officials have denied.
The president and his Republican allies in Congress protested the first hearings in the House Intelligence Committee, saying Trump was not given the opportunity to defend himself.
On Tuesday, Nadler wrote in the letter (pdf) that the hearing will provide an “opportunity to discuss the historical and constitutional basis of impeachment, as well as the Framers intent and understanding of terms like high crimes and misdemeanors.”
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