Graham huddles with House Republicans on impeachment strategy

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral Warning signs flash for Lindsey Graham in South Carolina MORE (R-S.C.) huddled with members of the House Republican whip team on Wednesday to discuss impeachment strategy.  

The Senate Judiciary Committee chairman told the House members he will use his investigative authority in the upper chamber to direct what several Republicans said will be a more transparent process than the probe that has taken place in the House, multiple GOP sources told The Hill. 

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Graham, who served as one of the House impeachment managers during the Clinton hearings, told GOP lawmakers that following the release of Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report, he plans to "use its power to investigate the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] abuses that took place in the 2016 election meddling and surveillance of the Trump campaign." He also argued the process House Democrats’ have conducted is “unprecedented” and won’t be tolerated in the upper chamber, one source in the room said.

Graham "disagrees with the way Democrats have conducted the probe and is going to investigate when it gets there, and he will make sure that investigative process actually comes out with as much light and transparency as possible," one GOP lawmaker who attended the meeting told The Hill.  

"I think the whistleblower will be debunked. I think there's going to be discussions about greater corruption and the Ukrainian law that we all voted for — Dems did, Republicans did — a statute that said we should be going after Ukrainian corruption, you know, which is kind of what all of this is built up around," the lawmaker added. 

House Democrats launched the inquiry three weeks ago, following revelations from a whistleblower that Trump sought to persuade Ukraine to investigate Joe BidenJoe BidenMomentum growing among Republicans for Supreme Court vote before Election Day Trump expects to nominate woman to replace Ginsburg next week Video of Lindsey Graham arguing against nominating a Supreme Court justice in an election year goes viral MORE, a front-runner in the Democratic presidential race, and his son Hunter Biden.  

One Republican said that “it just gets deeper with Hunter Biden” upon exiting the meeting, signaling Senate Republicans are considering looking into Hunter Biden’s business dealings with a Ukrainian energy company.

Graham told reporters he encouraged members to “stick to your guns and insist on a fair process.”

Following Graham’s comments to members, Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinDCCC reserves new ad buys in competitive districts, adds new members to 'Red to Blue' program Overnight Defense: House panel probes Pompeo's convention speech | UN council rejects US demand to restore Iran sanctions | Court rules against Pentagon policy slowing expedited citizenship The Hill's 12:30 Report: Republicans conduct in-person convention roll call MORE (R-N.Y.) — who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee — briefed members on what has been taking place during the closed-door hearings “and stressed that [House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam] Schiff [D-Calif.] is abusing his power to make up rules as he goes along,” the source in the room said.