Graham: 'I have zero problems with this phone call'

Graham: 'I have zero problems with this phone call'
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamThe 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal Senators say they have deal on 'major issues' in infrastructure talks MORE (R-S.C.), one of President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt MORE’s most vocal defenders in the Senate, said Sunday he had “zero problems” with the phone call in which Trump suggested Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBriahna Joy Gray: White House thinks extending student loan pause is a 'bad look' Biden to meet with 11 Democratic lawmakers on DACA: report Former New York state Senate candidate charged in riot MORE’s family.

“I have zero problems with this phone call,” Graham said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “We need a John Hancock moment from House Democrats: Quit hiding behind Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTim Ryan slams McCarthy for mocking Capitol physician, mask mandate McCarthy knocks Pelosi, mask mandate: 'This House has broken the country's trust' Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal MORE. If you think the president did something wrong in this phone call, vote to open up an impeachment inquiry and a lot of democrats won’t because they’re afraid.”

Graham repeatedly characterized the whistleblower’s allegations as “hearsay” and contradicted host Margaret Brennan when she noted that a summary of the call released by the White House largely aligns with the report.

When Brennan said the allegations in the complaint are based on information obtained from several White House officials, the Senate Judiciary Committee chair said the focus should be on which officials provided the information.


“The whistleblower says ‘I have no direct knowledge’… who are these people and what are they up to?” Graham said. “Salem witch trials have more due process than this.”

Graham went on to call for a special prosecutor to investigate Biden’s role in the dismissal amid corruption allegations of the prosecutor investigating a company Biden’s son Hunter sat on the board of. He demurred when asked if it was appropriate for Trump’ s personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiCapitol insurrection hearing exposes Trumpworld delusions DOJ declines to back Mo Brooks's defense against Swalwell's riot lawsuit Bob Dole: 'I'm a Trumper' but 'I'm sort of Trumped out' MORE to investigate the matter.

Asked what his advice was for Trump, who has suggested the White House will not work with Congress on any legislative matters if an impeachment inquiry continues, Graham said, “Work with us on guns, try to do something on prescription drugs… Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonThe Koreas are talking again — Moon is for real, but what about Kim? For families, sending money home to Cuba shouldn't be a political football Anything-but-bipartisan 1/6 commission will seal Pelosi's retirement. Here's why MORE did two things at once, defend himself and govern the country.” Graham voted to impeach then-President Clinton in 1998.