Graham nixes plan to send Pelosi letter warning GOP won't convict Trump

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters Senate Democrats' campaign arm announces seven-figure investment to boost Graham challenger Graham: Comey to testify about FBI's Russia probe, Mueller declined invitation MORE (R-S.C.) said on Wednesday that he was dropping a plan to send House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiMcConnell focuses on confirming judicial nominees with COVID-19 talks stalled Overnight Defense: Top admiral says 'no condition' where US should conduct nuclear test 'at this time' | Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings Pelosi must go — the House is in dire need of new leadership MORE (D-Calif.) a letter warning that Republicans wouldn't remove Trump from office over a Ukraine phone call. 
 
Graham, asked about the letter, told reporters that he was instead going to offer a resolution condemning the House's impeachment inquiry process. 
 
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"No, I'm going to do a resolution saying that the process I think is unfair," Graham said, asked if he was still sending the letter to Pelosi. 
 
Graham first floated the letter earlier this month during a "Fox & Friends" interview, saying that he was going to ask other Senate Republicans to sign a letter to Pelosi saying that they "do not believe the transcript of the phone call between the president and the Ukraine is an impeachable offense."
 
"They're about to destroy the nation for no good reason," Graham said at the time. "And I want Nancy Pelosi to know that Republican senators are not going to impeach this president based on this transcript, so she can stop now before she destroys the country."
 
House Democrats are in the middle of an impeachment inquiry centered on Trump asking Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to work with his personal lawyer Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiGrand jury adds additional counts against Giuliani associates Lev Parnas and and Igor Fruman Juan Williams: Breaking down the debates Giuliani criticizes NYC leadership: 'They're killing this city' MORE to "look into" former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenCast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response Biden tells CNN town hall that he has benefited from white privilege MORE and his son Hunter Biden. Democrats want to know if Trump tied aid to Ukraine to them opening an investigation. 
 
“There's a lot of talk about Biden's son, that Biden stopped the prosecution and a lot of people want to find out about that so whatever you can do with the Attorney General would be great," Trump told Zelensky in the July 25 call according to notes released by the White House.
 
Graham has emerged as one of Trump's loudest supporters in the Senate amid the House impeachment inquiry. 
 
But his plan to send a letter drew pushback from some of his GOP colleagues during a closed-door lunch last week. 
 
Republican senators warned that the letter could be a distraction and divide a caucus that they felt had otherwise been largely unified so far on their impeachment messaging. 
 
Senators also argued that the letter could highlight perceived splits in the caucus, based on who did or did not sign the letter. 
 
Graham told The Hill last week that he was considering the feedback from his colleagues. 
 
“Some people didn’t like the approach and I’m taking their concerns under advisement. And I’ll do what I’ll need to do,” he said.