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 GrahamInspector general testifies on FBI failures: Five takeaways Horowitz offers troubling picture of FBI's Trump campaign probe Conservatives rip FBI over IG report: 'scathing indictment' MORE (R-S.C.), one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats worried by Jeremy Corbyn's UK rise amid anti-Semitism Warren, Buttigieg duke it out in sprint to 2020 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 BidenThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial Democrats spend big to put Senate in play 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 PelosiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Democrats seek leverage for trial The Memo: Pelosi-Trump trade deal provokes debate on left 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.

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“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 GiulianiThe Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by AdvaMed - House panel expected to approve impeachment articles Thursday Horowitz offers troubling picture of FBI's Trump campaign probe Horowitz: 'Very concerned' about FBI leaks to Giuliani 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 ClintonParties clash as impeachment articles move closer to House vote USA Today editorial board calls for Trump's impeachment House's proposed impeachment articles are serious grounds to remove the president MORE did two things at once, defend himself and govern the country.” Graham voted to impeach then-President Clinton in 1998.