Thursday afternoon, following the “sit-in” from GOP Lawmakers, Senator Lindsey Graham proposed a resolution supported by over 40 GOP senators condemning House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry, blaming Democrats of violating proper protocol when it comes to questioning key witnesses in private. Graham accused Democrats of “selectively” leaking information from the closed-door investigation.
Graham, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, submitted the five-page resolution on Thursday afternoon. As of this morning, it is said to have 44 Senate Republicans out of the current 53 Senate Republicans in total. Those who have signed on as original co-sponsors of Graham’s resolution condemning the House’s impeachment process. This means all but eight of the GOP Republican Lawmakers in the chamber have linked arms with Graham in support of this misguided measure.
“What you’re doing today, in my view, is unfair to the president is dangerous to the presidency.” Announced Graham at a press conference, adding, “there’s a way to do it. A right way and a wrong way, and you’ve chosen the wrong way.”
The proposal requests the House to take a floor vote that would formally launch the impeachment investigation. It also includes giving President Trump “with due process, to include the ability to confront his accusers, call witnesses on his behalf, and have a basic understanding of the accusations against him that would form any basis for impeachment.” It further requests the House to grant all of the minority with the access “to participate fully in all proceedings and have equal authority to issue subpoenas and other compulsory process.”
McConnell released a statement. “Unlike the House’s actions during investigations of both President Nixon and President Clinton, this House majority is denying President Trump important rights and due process protections. These include President Trump’s right to be represented by counsel, his right for that counsel to be present at all hearings, and depositions. His right for that counsel to call and cross-examine witnesses; and even his right to access and respond to the evidence which the House compiles.”
House Democrats have conducted the impeachment investigation in secret with numerous key witnesses involved in the Ukraine case, provoking accusations from Republicans that the inquiry is being undertaken wrongfully.
House rules permit only members of the committees conducting the hearings to participate in the depositions. The committees involved include House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight. Approximately a quarter of the GOP conference, including 47 Republican members are allowed to attend the closed-door depositions.
Democrats claim that there is a pattern originating from the Nixon and Clinton impeachment proceedings for conducting the initial investigation behind closed doors. They also indicated they don’t want witnesses coordinating the witnesses’ testimony.
While Republicans boost efforts to counter the inquiry, the White House struggles to develop a strategy of its own already a month into the impeachment process.
Adam Schiff, whose party has taken the lead in the impeachment inquiry, insinuated that the Republican’s tactics were in response to the testimony from Tuesday of William Taylor, the U.S. diplomat in Ukraine.
William Taylor testified to investigators behind closed doors confirming Trump had ordered officials to tie aid to Ukraine. President Trump demand that Ukraine opens an investigation into Joe Biden and the 2016 election as well as his son, a potentially critical blow to Trump’s continuous dismissals of him involved in a quid pro quo.
Schiff’s rather rough words to the Republicans were this. “The White House was devastated by yesterday’s testimony.” He added. “The president’s allies are trying to stop them through other means, but they won’t be successful.”