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Graham: Democrats worried more about impeachment than coronavirus

 

Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time Additional airlines ban guns on flights to DC ahead of inauguration MORE (R-S.C.) said Tuesday that Democrats were more worried about President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE’s impeachment during February than the novel coronavirus.

The South Carolina senator asserted in a tweet that “most Democrats and the media” were more concerned about the impeachment that month than the outbreak of the virus, which was declared a pandemic and has led to at least 583,220 infections and 23,649 deaths in the U.S. so far.

“We voted to acquit President Trump on February 6,” Graham said. “During that time, Democrats were making witness requests which – if they had been granted – would have extended the trial through most of February.”

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“Very sad, very dangerous,” he added.

Graham, who is a close ally of Trump, posted the tweet as the president’s critics blast him for what they say was a slow response to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. 

Trump has consistently defended his actions, specifically his Jan. 31 ban on travel from China, framing his administration’s handling of the situation as a success during his Monday press briefing.

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In December, as reports of the coronavirus in China first surfaced, the House impeached Trump on the articles of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, following an investigation into his discussions with the president of Ukraine.

Two months later, the Republican-majority Senate acquitted the president of both charges.

Some Democrats have since argued the House should go through the process again – this time including testimony from current and former officials that the White House blocked from testifying. 

But the matter, like many others, has been put aside as the novel coronavirus sweeps through the country.