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 GrahamThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump digs in ahead of House vote to condemn tweet Why Trump's bigoted tropes won't work in 2020 The Memo: Toxic 2020 is unavoidable conclusion from Trump tweets MORE (R-S.C.), one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPompeo changes staff for Russia meeting after concerns raised about top negotiator's ties: report House unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Ben Carson: Trump is not a racist and his comments were not racist 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 MuellerTop Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction Dem committees win new powers to investigate Trump 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 WarrenHarris tops Biden in California 2020 poll The Hill's Morning Report - A raucous debate on race ends with Trump admonishment Democrats fret over Trump cash machine 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 ErnstTrump angry more Republicans haven't defended his tweets: report Republicans scramble to contain Trump fallout House Dems, Senate GOP build money edge to protect majorities 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.