Graham vows Biden, Ukraine probe after impeachment trial

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThis week: House to vote on legislation to make lynching a federal hate crime Congress set for clash over surveillance reforms Five things to know about emerging US, Taliban peace deal MORE (R-S.C.) said Friday that "someone" should investigate the Bidens and Ukraine after the impeachment trial, and pledged he will if an outside counsel doesn't step forward. 
 
"Nobody has done an investigation anywhere near like the Mueller investigation of the Bidens, and I think they should. And when this is over the Congress will do it, if we can't have an outside entity do it," Graham told reporters. 
 
Graham stressed that he would like "somebody outside of politics" to lead the investigation, but repeatedly said if that did not happen he would take the reins of a probe into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenSanders defends Castro comments in wake of backlash from some Democrats Klobuchar releases medical report that says she's in 'very good health' Candidates face pressure to exit presidential race MORE, his son Hunter Biden and Ukraine. 
 
"You know why I don't want to do it? I love Joe Biden. I don't want to do this," Graham said, before adding: "I don't want it to be Lindsey Graham, because it will be hard for me, but if I have to I will do it." 
 
Republicans have seized on Hunter Biden's work for Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company, and Joe Biden's push for the dismissal of Ukrainian Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin because of concerns he was overlooking corruption in his own office, as they have sought to defend President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump suggests Sotomayor, Ginsburg should have to recuse themselves on 'Trump related' cases Sanders says idea he can't work with Republicans is 'total nonsense' Sanders releases list of how to pay for his proposals MORE's actions with Ukraine.

There's no evidence that Biden was acting with his son's interests in mind when he pushed for Shokin's dismissal, a position that reflected the views of the Obama administration and U.S. allies in Europe. The former vice president has denied doing so and the GOP claims have been debunked by fact checkers.
 
The GOP feud with the Bidens has loomed over Trump's impeachment trial as the House managers have repeatedly mentioned them as they've presented their case during the last few days. Republicans have pointed to the decision as evidence that Hunter Biden, and potentially the former vice president, need to be called; sparking a constant round of questions for Senate Democrats.  
 
 
Talk about the Bidens will likely escalate on Saturday, with Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowWhat the impeachment vote looked like from inside the chamber Senate votes to acquit Trump on articles of impeachment Roberts emerges unscathed from bitter impeachment trial MORE, a member of Trump's legal team, indicating they will feature in the defense strategy during the impeachment trial. Trump's team is set to being its defense on Saturday. 
 
"Believe me, you'll hear about that issue too," Sekulow said