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 GrahamGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Overnight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Partisan squabbles endanger congressional response to Trump's course on Syria MORE (R-S.C.), one of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Support for impeachment inches up in poll Fox News's Bret Baier calls Trump's attacks on media 'a problem' 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 BidenSupport for impeachment inches up in poll Overnight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Democrats say they have game changer on impeachment 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 PelosiGraham to introduce resolution condemning House impeachment inquiry Democrats say they have game changer on impeachment Hillicon Valley: Zuckerberg would support delaying Libra | More attorneys general join Facebook probe | Defense chief recuses from 'war cloud' contract | Senate GOP blocks two election security bills | FTC brings case against 'stalking' app developer 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 GiulianiOvernight Defense: Trump's Syria envoy wasn't consulted on withdrawal | McConnell offers resolution urging Trump to rethink Syria | Diplomat says Ukraine aid was tied to political investigations Democrats say they have game changer on impeachment READ: Diplomat describes pressure put on Ukraine to open 'investigations' 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 ClintonCNN: Biden likened Clinton impeachment to 'partisan lynching' in 1998 Trump 'lynching' comparison draws backlash from lawmakers House Democrat pledges 'there will be open hearings' in impeachment inquiry MORE did two things at once, defend himself and govern the country.” Graham voted to impeach then-President Clinton in 1998.