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Graham vows to publicly question whistleblowers if Trump is impeached

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBiden's Cabinet a battleground for future GOP White House hopefuls Republicans ready to become deficit hawks again under a President Biden Let's give thanks to Republican defenders of democracy MORE (R-S.C.) promised to question the whistleblowers publicly if President TrumpDonald John TrumpPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Sunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge MORE ends up being impeached.

Graham said on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures" that if the president is impeached, he intends to have the whistleblowers testify in the Senate if they don't go before the House. 

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"If the whistleblowers' allegations are turned into an impeachment article, it's imperative that the whistle-blower be interviewed in public, under oath and cross-examined. Nobody in America goes to jail or has anything done to them without confronting their accuser," he told host Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoSunday shows preview: US health officials brace for post-holiday COVID-19 surge House GOP lawmaker: Biden should be recognized as president-elect Most Republicans avoid challenging Trump on election MORE.

The South Carolina senator said the whistleblowers need to come forward so the "public can judge their credibility."

The House opened the impeachment inquiry after reports emerged of a call in which Trump asked the Ukrainian president to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force MORE following Trump's decision to withhold military aid from the country. 

A whistleblower report on the call thrust the conversation into the spotlight, and the White House released a partial readout of the call. A second whistleblower, who reportedly has firsthand knowledge of the events, has also talked to the intelligence community's inspector general.

Graham compared the whistleblower accusations to "unverifiable" allegations of sexual assault against Supreme Court Justice Brett KavanaughBrett Michael KavanaughFor Thanksgiving, the Supreme Court upholds religious liberty COVID-19: Justice Alito overstepped judicial boundaries Defusing the judicial confirmation process MORE last year. 

"This is Kavanaugh all over again," he said.