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 GrahamRestlessness, light rule-breaking and milk spotted on Senate floor as impeachment trial rolls on Senator-jurors who may not be impartial? Remove them for cause Broad, bipartisan rebuke for proposal to pull troops from Africa 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 John TrumpMnuchin knocks Greta Thunberg's activism: Study economics and then 'come back' to us The Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial 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 GiulianiThe Hill's Morning Report - House prosecutes Trump as 'lawless,' 'corrupt' What to watch for on Day 3 of Senate impeachment trial 'Emotion' from Trump's legal team wins presidential plaudits 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. 

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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.