Graham challenges Dems to walk the walk on impeachment

Graham challenges Dems to walk the walk on impeachment
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamFurious Republicans prepare to rebuke Trump on Syria Democrats to offer resolution demanding Trump reverse Syria decision Army officer calls Syria pullback 'a stain on the American conscience' MORE (R-S.C.), one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage MORE’s staunchest allies in the Senate, said congressional Democrats should “have the courage of your conviction” if they support impeaching Trump, according to CNN.

"I thought Mueller would be the final word on this," Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told CNN, referring to the release of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE’s redacted findings on Thursday.

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"He is for me. If you want to keep doing this, be my guest," Graham continued. "You really think he needs to be impeached, have the courage of your conviction just don't talk about it, do it."

"I'm all good, I'm done with the Mueller report," he added. "We will have [Attorney General William] Barr come in and tell us about what he found. I made sure that Mueller was able to do his job without interference. The Mueller report is over for me. Done."

Democrats have been split on whether the findings of Mueller’s investigation suggest Trump should be impeached. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders can gain ground by zeroing in on corruption Biden praises Buttigieg for criticizing GOP attacks: 'That's a good man' Warren enters crucial debate with big momentum MORE (D-Mass.) last week became the first Democratic presidential candidate to call for Trump’s impeachment and defended her call in a CNN town hall Monday evening.

“I took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States, and so did everyone else in the Senate and the House,” Warren said Monday. “And I believe that every person in the Senate and the House ought to vote.”

Mueller’s report said investigators did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, although the team ultimately concluded it could not establish criminal conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and Moscow. The special counsel gave Congress leeway to continue investigating Trump for obstruction of justice. 

Sen. Joni ErnstJoni Kay ErnstRepublicans wrestle with impeachment strategy McConnell tightlipped as impeachment furor grows Iowa Democrat tops Ernst in third-quarter fundraising for Senate race MORE (R-Iowa), who also sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told CNN that the Republican-controlled Senate would likely prioritize confirming judges rather than following up on Mueller’s findings. Regarding the prospect of Mueller testifying before the Senate, Ernst said "I don't know that that's necessary, we have the report so we can go from there," according to CNN.

Updated April 23 at 8:49 a.m.