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Graham on House Judiciary's impeachment plans: 'Salem witches got a better deal'

Graham on House Judiciary's impeachment plans: 'Salem witches got a better deal'
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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.) said “Salem witches got a better deal” than 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 after viewing the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment plans. 

The president’s ally condemned House Democrats’ setup of the impeachment inquiry on Twitter after House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTop Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn Democrats accuse GSA of undermining national security by not certifying Biden win MORE (D-N.Y.) sent a letter to the White House inviting the president to attend the Judiciary hearings beginning on Dec. 4. The president is supposed to respond by Sunday.

Graham said that was unfair, noting that Trump was being asked to testify after evidence had already been collected in hearings conducted by the House Intelligence Committee. 

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Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTop Republicans praise Trump's Flynn pardon Democratic impeachment leaders blast Trump's pardon of Flynn Democrats accuse GSA of undermining national security by not certifying Biden win MORE is inviting President Trump to participate in the Judiciary Committee hearings — after all the facts were gathered in Schiff’s Intel Committee — where the president’s team was shut out,” he posted. “Salem witches got a better deal than this.”

The Judiciary hearings were announced Tuesday as the third phase of the impeachment inquiry as Democrats investigate whether Trump abused his powers by withholding aid to Ukraine to pressure the country to investigate a political rival, 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. The hearings will feature constitutional lawyers to analyze the president’s actions.

The president and lawmakers supporting him protested the initial hearings in the House Intelligence Committee, saying Trump was not given an opportunity to defend himself.