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 GrahamTensions swirl around Iran as administration to brief Congress Press: Justin Amash breaks ranks with party Overnight Defense: Iran tensions swirl as officials prepare to brief Congress | Trump threatens war would be 'end of Iran' | Graham tells Trump to 'stand firm' | Budget talks begin MORE (R-S.C.), one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhat the Mueller report tells us about Putin, Russia and Trump's election Fox's Brit Hume fires back at Trump's criticism of the channel Anti-US trade war song going viral in China 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 MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 WarrenFeehery: A whole new season of 'Game of Thrones' Overnight Energy: Warren wants Dems to hold climate-focused debate | Klobuchar joins candidates rejecting fossil fuel money | 2020 contender Bennet offers climate plan O'Rourke says he would 'absolutely' do Fox News town hall 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 ErnstBullock: Running for Senate 'never really got me excited' Dem Senate campaign arm hits GOP lawmakers over Trump tax law GOP angst grows amid Trump trade war 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.