In a recent letter to the Senate Ethics Committee, the activist group known as the ADLF- the American Democracy Legal Fund- called for an inquiry into republican Senator Lindsey Graham after comments he made about the upcoming impeachment trial of President Trump.
The letter, which was released to the public on Monday, called Graham out for comments he made stating he had “made up” his mind and is “not trying to pretend to be a fair juror here.”
This is not the first time Graham has made such remarks during this impeachment process and the ADLF is using his own words to make their case. ADLF President Brad Woodhouse stated in the letter:
“In Senator Graham’s own words — he is not even going to pretend to follow his constitutionally required oath of impartiality…
This statement not only indicates Senator Graham’s clear intention to violate a sworn oath, but further calls into question the integrity of any impeachment trial that is held in the U.S. Senate.”
So far, Graham’s headquarters have declined to comment and the Senate Ethics Committee has been unavailable for comment but the ADLF is speaking loud and clear. Woodhouse said in a statement,
“Senator Graham is clearly incapable of following Senate rules or complying with his ethical duties as a member of the U.S. Senate….
We are therefore demanding a thorough investigation into his misconduct by the Senate Ethics Committee.”
Democrats have spoken out against Graham’s comments as well, claiming that his public statements have violated the oath senators will have to take before the impeachment trial begins.
Graham is not alone in facing heat.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has also been blasted for saying that he will be working in “total coordination” with the White House.
Not only are Dems slamming him, but his own colleague Alaska Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, said she was “disturbed” by his comments.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has yet to send the articles of impeachment to the Senate even though they have been passed by the House citing worry that a trial will not be fair due to Republican control in the upper chamber.
Dems have called for top White House officials to give testimony in the impeachment trial and although McConnell has expressed his unwillingness to cooperate with that plan, former national security adviser John Bolton has said he most certainly would testify if called to do so.
Bolton said, “I have had to resolve the serious competing issues as best I could, based on careful consideration and study. I have concluded that, if the Senate issues a subpoena for my testimony, I am prepared to testify.”