Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Lindsay Graham (R-SC) has been one of the most persistent proponents of holding an immediate vote to dismiss impeachment in the Senate, but Graham has finally been forced to admit that at this point, his push for outright dismissal of the articles is now over.
In December, Graham had predicted that the impeachment would be swiftly smacked down in the Senate, and said that he would do “everything I can to make it die quickly.” He was an outspoken supporter of holding a vote to dismiss the articles once they were transmitted by the House.
Now that the Senate trial is actually underway, there are signs of dissent from some moderate Republican senators, signaling that there would not be the votes necessary to confirm a dismissal.
Graham spoke with host Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday” about the current impeachment proceedings in the Senate. Wallace questioned the South Carolina senator, “Have you given up on the idea that the majority will vote to dismiss case right away?”
“That’s dead for practical purposes. There are a lot of senators who I think will wind up acquitting the president but believe we need to hear the House’s case and the president’s case in answer to the House’s case,” Graham admitted.
“The idea of dismissing the case early on is not going to happen, We don’t have the votes for that.”
The actual Senate trial will begin on Tuesday, and both sides have already filed documents containing their respective arguments. The main point of contention that remains to be resolved is whether or not witnesses will be called.
Graham also addressed the witness controversy, warning Democrats that “if we call one witness, we’re going to call all the witnesses,” including Hunter Biden, a witness that Democrats have vehemently opposed involving in the impeachment process at all.