Graham threatens to call Volker to testify if Democrats don't release testimony

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGOP confident of win on witnesses GOP Foreign Affairs leaders join pushback against potential troop drawdown in Africa Republicans signal renewed confidence they'll avoid witness fight MORE (R-S.C.) on Wednesday threatened to call former special envoy Kurt VolkerKurt VolkerSekulow vows Bidens, Ukraine will be part of Trump impeachment defense GOP-Biden feud looms over impeachment trial GOP rejects effort to compel documents on delayed Ukraine aid MORE to testify if House Democrats do not release the full transcript of his testimony behind closed doors last week.

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The South Carolina senator posted in a tweet that if the Democrats do not produce the transcript, "it will be an abuse of power."

"If this continues, I will call Volker before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify publicly to ensure the full story is told."

 

Graham linked to a Fox News report of Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDemocrats say Trump ceded right to block Bolton when he attacked him Bolton upends Trump impeachment trial  Government privacy watchdog under pressure to recommend facial recognition ban MORE (R-Ohio) requesting Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffTrump allies throw jabs at Bolton over book's claims GOP senator plans to ask about Bidens, whistleblower in impeachment trial Parnas asks court for permission to turn over more evidence to Democrats MORE (D-Calif.) release a transcript of Volker's testimony before the committee about the controversial call between President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Don Lemon explains handling of segment after Trump criticism NPR reporter after Pompeo clash: Journalists don't interview government officials to score 'political points' Lawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet MORE and the Ukrainian president.

House Democrats have launched an impeachment inquiry against Trump after a whistleblower report detailed that in the call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump asked for an investigation into 2020 opponent Joe BidenJoe BidenPerry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' GOP senator airs anti-Biden ad in Iowa amid impeachment trial Biden photobombs live national news broadcast at one of his rallies MORE and his son, Hunter. Days before the call, the president withheld military aid to the country, prompting debate over whether there was quid pro quo involved.

Text messages have surfaced that Volker was connecting the president's personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiLawyer says Parnas can't attend Senate trial due to ankle bracelet Perry delegation talking points stressed pushing Ukraine to deal with 'corruption' Giuliani calls Bolton a 'backstabber' over Ukraine allegations MORE with Ukrainian officials, prompting him to be called to testify in the House last week.

Volker provided messages to the House showing U.S. officials participating in Trump's requests to dig into Biden's interactions in the country.

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats offer mixed reactions to Trump's Mideast peace plan James Taylor to perform at awards ceremony for Ruth Bader Ginsburg this week Trump offers two-state peace plan for Israeli-Palestinian conflict amid skepticism MORE (D-Calif.) has previously hinted that quid pro quo is not necessary to show what the president did was wrong.