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 GrahamSenate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by National Industries for the Blind - Tight security for Capitol rally; Biden agenda slows Trump offers sympathy for those charged with Jan. 6 offenses MORE (R-S.C.) said “Salem witches got a better deal” than President TrumpDonald TrumpCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Netanyahu suggests Biden fell asleep in meeting with Israeli PM Aides try to keep Biden away from unscripted events or long interviews, book claims 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 NadlerOcasio-Cortez, Bush push to add expanded unemployment in .5T spending plan Angelina Jolie spotted in Capitol meeting with senators House panel advances immigration language for reconciliation bill 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 NadlerOcasio-Cortez, Bush push to add expanded unemployment in .5T spending plan Angelina Jolie spotted in Capitol meeting with senators House panel advances immigration language for reconciliation bill 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 BidenCapitol fencing starts coming down after 'Justice for J6' rally Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Biden pushes back at Democrats on taxes 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.