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 GrahamSenate braces for a nasty debt ceiling fight Bipartisan group says it's still on track after setback on Senate floor How Sen. Graham can help fix the labor shortage with commonsense immigration reform MORE (R-S.C.), one of President TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? 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) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel 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 WarrenPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia Warren-backed amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to defense bill 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 ErnstBiden signs bill to bolster crime victims fund GOP seeks to make Biden synonymous with inflation Overnight Defense: Pentagon details military construction projects getting .2B restored from wall funds | Biden chooses former commander to lead Navy | Bill seeks to boost visa program for Afghans who helped US 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.