Sen. Lindsey Graham on Wednesday said he will alert House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the GOP-controlled Senate will not impeach President Trump over his phone call with the Ukrainian leader.
“They’re about to destroy the nation for no good reason,” Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told “Fox & Friends.” “And I want Nancy Pelosi to know that Republican senators are not going to impeach this president based on this transcript so she can stop now before she destroys the country.”
Graham, an ally of the president, said he is enlisting other Senate Republicans to sign a letter he will send to Pelosi stating they “do not believe the transcript of the phone call between the president and the Ukraine is an impeachable offense.”
Pelosi launched the impeachment inquiry in Democrat-controlled House after a whistleblower’s complaint revealed Trump asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter.
The White House on Tuesday forcefully pushed back on Tuesday, notifying Pelosi and other top Democrats that it would not cooperate with the “illegitimate and unconstitutional” impeachment inquiry.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also blasted Democrats for trying to impeach the president.
“Overturning the results of an American election requires the highest level of fairness and due process, as it strikes at the core of our democratic process,” McConnell said in a tweet on Tuesday. “So far, the House has fallen far short by failing to follow the same basic procedures that it has followed for every other President in our history.”
Trump has defended his call to Zelensky, saying it was “perfect” and “appropriate.”
Impeachment requires a two-thirds vote in the Senate, which Republicans control 53-47.