Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham emerges as go-to ally for Biden's judicial picks This Thanksgiving, skip the political food fights and talk UFOs instead Biden move to tap oil reserves draws GOP pushback 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 BidenMarcus Garvey's descendants call for Biden to pardon civil rights leader posthumously GOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors 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 TrumpGOP grapples with chaotic Senate primary in Pennsylvania Trump social media startup receives commitment of billion from unidentified 'diverse group' of investors Iran thinks it has the upper hand in Vienna — here's why it doesn't 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.
Graham and Sens. Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonWisconsin senators ask outsiders not to exploit parade attack 'for their own political purposes' It's time to bury ZombieCare once and for all Marjorie Taylor Greene introduces bill to award Congressional Gold Medal to Rittenhouse MORE (R-Wis.) and Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyAlarm grows over smash-and-grab robberies amid holiday season GOP blocks bill to expand gun background checks after Michigan school shooting GOP ramps up attacks on SALT deduction provision MORE (R-Iowa) have requested any documents related to Ukraine and Hunter Biden.
Talk about the Bidens will likely escalate on Saturday, with Jay SekulowJay Alan SekulowGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 57 House Republicans back Georgia against DOJ voting rights lawsuit The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by TikTok - New video of riot unnerves many senators 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.