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 GrahamGraham asks colleagues to support call for China to close wet markets Justice IG pours fuel on looming fight over FISA court Trump says he's considering restricting travel to coronavirus 'hot spots' MORE (R-S.C.), one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump fires intelligence community inspector general who flagged Ukraine whistleblower complaint Trump organization has laid off over 1000 employees due to pandemic: report Trump invokes Defense Production Act to prevent export of surgical masks, gloves 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) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout 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 WarrenOvernight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill Democratic senators want probe into change of national stockpile description Democrats ask EPA, Interior to pause rulemaking amid coronavirus 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 ErnstCampaigns pivot toward health awareness as races sidelined by coronavirus Politics and the pandemic — Republicans are rightly worried Ernst calls for public presidential campaign funds to go to masks, protective equipment 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.