Graham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham, Cuellar press Biden to name border czar Trump takes two punches from GOP The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - US gymnast wins all-around gold as Simone Biles cheers from the stands MORE (R-S.C.) is planning to introduce a resolution condemning the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry process and argued that any articles should be dismissed in the Senate without a trial. 
 
"This resolution puts the Senate on record condemning the House. ... Here's the point of the resolution: Any impeachment vote based on this process, to me, is illegitimate, is unconstitutional, and should be dismissed in the Senate without a trial," Graham told Fox News's Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityPsaki says Biden admin 'needs' Fox News in order to fight vaccine misinformation Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor, predicts Biden will resign Biden walks fine line with Fox News MORE
 
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House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Justice Department says Trump's tax returns should be released | Democrats fall short of votes for extending eviction ban House adjourns for recess without passing bill to extend federal eviction ban Photos of the Week: Olympic sabre semi-finals, COVID-19 vigil and a loris MORE (D-Calif.) has argued the rules don't require a vote. But Republicans say it would give them more leeway to call their own witnesses and put swing-state Democrats on the record on launching the impeachment inquiry. 
 
Graham added on Tuesday night that Trump should get "the same rights that any American has if you’re giving a parking ticket to confront the witnesses against you: can’t be based on hearsay." 
 
“We cannot allow future presidents and this president to be impeached based on an inquiry in the House that’s never been voted upon, that does not allow the president to confront the witnesses against him, to call witnesses on his behalf, and cross-examine people who are accusing him of misdeeds,” he added.
 
The House is holding near-daily closed-door depositions with current and former administration officials as part of their inquiry focused on Trump asking Ukraine to investigate the Bidens and whether he held up aid to try to pressure the country. The inquiry is being overseen by the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight and Reform Committees. 
 
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden sets new vaccine mandate as COVID-19 cases surge Democrats warn shrinking Biden's spending plan could backfire Trump takes two punches from GOP MORE (R-Ky.) sidestepped when asked about how long a potential Senate trial would last, telling reporters during a weekly press conference that "there are all kinds of potentials and we don't have it yet."  
 
Graham's plan for a resolution comes after he said earlier this month that he was going to send a letter to Pelosi warning that Senate Republicans wouldn't remove Trump from office over the Ukraine phone call. 
 
But the plan got pushback from some of Graham's GOP colleagues during a closed-door lunch last week. 
 
Graham appeared to signal on Tuesday night that he had changed his mind about the letter. 
 
"It's going to be a resolution," Graham said when Hannity mentioned the letter. "I hope to have a vote on it. It would be great to have 100."