Graham says he doesn't think GOP senators will vote to compel testimony from Mulvaney, Bolton

Graham says he doesn't think GOP senators will vote to compel testimony from Mulvaney, Bolton
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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamBill aims to help farmers sell carbon credits Graham postpones Russia probe subpoena vote as tensions boil over Graham pushes back on Mattis criticism of Trump: 'You're missing something here, my friend' MORE (R-S.C.) predicted no GOP senators would vote to compel testimony in President TrumpDonald John TrumpTwitter CEO: 'Not true' that removing Trump campaign video was illegal, as president has claimed Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination Barr says he didn't give 'tactical' command to clear Lafayette protesters MORE’s impeachment trial from current and former White House officials for whom the administration has invoked executive privilege.

“The president is invoking executive privilege around [acting chief of staff] Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyTrump names new acting director of legislative affairs 12 things to know today about coronavirus Mulvaney: 'We've overreacted a little bit' to coronavirus MORE, [former national security adviser] John BoltonJohn BoltonHave the courage to recognize Taiwan McConnell says Obama administration 'did leave behind' pandemic plan Trump company lawyer warned Michael Cohen not to write 'tell-all' book: report MORE and others,” Graham told Fox’s Maria BartiromoMaria Sara BartiromoRudy Giuliani calls on Cuomo to remove Bill de Blasio Lara Trump: Twitter no longer 'a platform for free speech' Trump lashes out at Fox News after poll shows him trailing Biden MORE on “Sunday Morning Futures.” “They’ve impeached him because he wanted to go to court.”

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Asked by Bartiromo whether he thought any senators would vote to compel testimony from those witnesses, Graham responded, "No, I don't."

“If you call these witnesses who work for the president after he’s invoked executive privilege ... if you deny him his day in court, then you’re abusing the constitutional rights of Donald Trump as president and you’re putting the entire presidency at risk,” Graham said.

“I can’t imagine any senator doing this to the presidency. I hope senators will not vote to compel witnesses before the court determines whether or not there’s executive privilege,” he added.

A spokesperson for Graham later clarified that the senator meant no Republican senators would vote to compel testimony.

Asked about the next steps in the Senate’s impeachment trial, Graham, who served as one of the House’s impeachment managers during former President Clinton’s impeachment, predicted this one would proceed similarly.

In 1998, “they argued the facts accumulated by the House. Witnesses were requested. They were denied along party lines. There were no witnesses. Then we voted,” Graham said. “[Senate Minority Leader Charles] Schumer [D-N.Y.] says he wants a process like Clinton. That’s exactly what he wants to get.”

Updated: 4:02 p.m.