Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham told Fox News Sean Hannity on Wednesday that he would indeed be willing to call House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff if the matter of impeachment comes before the Senate.
Hannity framed the query as to encompass Schiff, his staff, the whistleblower or Hunter Biden questioning who the Senate might call to testify:
“As a matter of oversight, I’m not going to call a House member, but if you impeach the president of the United States, I want to find out if in fact Schiff and his staff met with the whistleblower,” Graham said according to The Hill.
“So if there’s a trial in the Senate, one of the witnesses will be Adam Schiff because if he in fact did meet with the whistleblower and coach the guy up, I think that’s relevant to the impeachment inquiry itself,” Graham continued.
In an earlier interview, Graham told Hannity that he doesn’t want to give any more credence to the impending impeachment proceedings than has already been given.
“I think it would be a danger to the presidency in the future for us to legitimize what’s going on in the House,” he said.
“There’s no civil proceeding in America — no criminal proceeding in America — that denies a person to tell their side of the story by calling witnesses except in the House.”
Graham also pointed out that every American — including the president of the United States — has the right to confront their accuser.
“That’s not being done in this case, so I don’t want to legitimize this because it’s a threat to the presidency,” he said.
Graham was making a reference to the whistleblower, who has yet to be identified by House Democrats, along with the issue of Trump and his administration not being allowed to have part in the proceedings.
Additionally, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California who is spearheading the proceedings, has yet to even confirm that he will allow Republicans to call witnesses.
Graham addressed the primary allegation against the president, which centered around his conversation with the president of Ukraine and the potential of an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate and front runner Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
“The allegation is that Donald J. Trump withheld aid to Ukraine unless the Ukrainian government investigated Joe Biden and Hunter Biden for corruption,” he said.
“The problem with that allegation is that it’s not true. The aid was delivered to the Ukrainian government and there was no investigation of Hunter Biden and Joe Biden.”
“How long does it take to dispose of that?” Graham asked rhetorically.
Hannity then referenced the legal process, noting that Graham was part of the nation’s last impeachment hearings in 1998 when former President Bill Clinton was brought before the Senate.
“Yeah, I’ve done this before,” he remarked.
Written by Savannah Pointer.