Graham says he doesn't need to hear impeachment witnesses: 'I am ready to vote'

Graham says he doesn't need to hear impeachment witnesses: 'I am ready to vote'
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission Graham: Trump will 'be helpful' to all Senate GOP incumbents John Boehner tells Cruz to 'go f--- yourself' in unscripted audiobook asides: report MORE (R-S.C.) doubled down on his push for a speedy Senate impeachment trial, saying he doesn’t need to hear from witnesses before taking a vote on whether to convict or acquit President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to hold virtual bilateral meeting with Mexican president More than 300 charged in connection to Capitol riot Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE

“I think what’s best for the country is to get this thing over with,” Graham said in an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation that aired Sunday. “I [have] clearly made up my mind, I’m not trying to hide the fact that I have disdain for the accusations in the process, so I don’t need any witnesses.”

“I am ready to vote on the underlying articles, I don’t really need to hear a lot of witnesses,” he added. 

Graham also said he is inviting Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiBiden administration buys 100,000 doses of Lilly antibody drug NAACP president accuses Trump of having operated under 'white supremacist doctrine' MyPillow CEO says boycotts have cost him M MORE, to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his recent trip to Ukraine, but he said that it should remain separate from the Senate impeachment trial. 

Graham’s Sunday comments on a speedy trial come after he pledged during an interview with CNN on Saturday to help impeachment “die quickly” in the Senate. He also told the network he has made up his mind on the allegations. 


The House is expected to vote on articles of impeachment after they passed the House Judiciary Committee in a party-line.

Trump is expected to be acquitted in the Republican-controlled Senate.