Trump golfs with Graham ahead of impeachment trial

Trump golfs with Graham ahead of impeachment trial
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President TrumpDonald TrumpThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Iran says onus is on US to rejoin nuclear deal on third anniversary of withdrawal Assaults on Roe v Wade increasing MORE golfed Monday with Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamLindsey Graham: GOP can't 'move forward without President Trump' House to advance appropriations bills in June, July The unflappable Liz Cheney: Why Trump Republicans have struggled to crush her  MORE (R-S.C.) at his club in West Palm Beach, Fla.

A spokesman for the senator confirmed that the two men were scheduled to play together at Trump International Golf Club. A White House spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Graham is one of Trump's most ardent supporters on Capitol Hill and is a key figure in the looming Senate impeachment trial. He has said he hopes for a quick proceeding that ends with Trump's acquittal after the House impeached the president earlier this month for alleged abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.


Trump has regularly voiced a desire for several controversial witnesses, including former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Sasse to introduce legislation giving new hires signing bonuses after negative jobs report Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE and his son Hunter Biden, to testify, but the White House has more recently softened its demands for a lengthy trial.

Senate Democrats, meanwhile, have pushed for administration officials to testify in the trial. Lawmakers are expected to restart negotiations over parameters for the trial upon returning from recess next month.

CNN reported that Trump golfed a day earlier with former Rep. Trey GowdyTrey GowdyPompeo rebukes Biden's new foreign policy The Hunter Biden problem won't go away Sunday shows preview: Joe Biden wins the 2020 election MORE (R-S.C.). The ex-congressman was briefly expected to join the president's outside legal team to defend him against impeachment, but the arrangement fell through shortly after it was announced due to lobbying restrictions.

Trump is spending the holidays at his Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach. He arrived on Dec. 20 and is scheduled to return to Washington on Sunday.

Mar-a-Lago is located a short drive from Trump International Golf Club, which the president has visited most days during his vacation so far.

The White House only infrequently provides information on the president's activities or his playing partners when he visits one of his golf clubs.

During his campaign for the White House, Trump was a fierce critic of how much time then-President Obama spent golfing.