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 GrahamTrump: 'I wouldn't mind' a long Senate impeachment process Poll finds Graham with just 2-point lead on Democratic challenger Hill editor-in-chief calls IG report 'a game-changer' MORE (R-S.C.) said “Salem witches got a better deal” than President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Trump scramble to rack up accomplishments gives conservatives heartburn Seven years after Sandy Hook, the politics of guns has changed 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 NadlerJudiciary members battle over whether GOP treated fairly in impeachment hearings Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay House passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers 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 NadlerJudiciary members battle over whether GOP treated fairly in impeachment hearings Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay House passes bill that would give legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers 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 BidenDemocrats ask if they have reason to worry about UK result Media organization fights Trump administration over Ukraine documents FOIA Buttigieg releases list of campaign bundlers 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.