Graham Backs Trump Over Use of Word Lynching to Describe Impeachment Inquiry
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said that President Donald Trumps use of the word lynching to describe the impeachment inquiry against him was accurate.
According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, lynching “is the mob killing of a person suspected of a crime, especially by hanging, that is done outside of the law.”
“In every sense, this is a mob taking over the rule of the law,” Graham told reporters on Capitol Hill on Oct. 22.
“This is fundamentally un-American. And until it changes, I will fight back as hard as I can. What would make it change? A vote of inquiry is necessary to empower the Republican minority in the House to confront accusations against the president. A vote of inquiry allows the president to confront his accuser and to call witnesses on his behalf. Until that it is done, this is a joke, this is a sham, and this is a political lynching,” he continued.
“When its about Trump, who cares about the process, as long as you get him. So, yes, this is a lynching in every sense, this is un-American. Ive never seen a situation in my lifetime as a lawyer where somebodys accused of a major misconduct who cannot confront the accuser, call witnesses on their behalf, and have the discussion in the light of the day so the public can judge.”
“If this continues in the House its a complete sham and I will do everything I can to make sure it doesnt live very long in the Senate,” Graham added.
Trump wrote on Twitter earlier Tuesday: “So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal right. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here — a lynching. But we will WIN!”
Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said he agreed with the point Trump was trying to make but didnt like the use of the word lynching.
So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win the House, even by a tiny margin, they can impeach the President, without due process or fairness or any legal rights. All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here – a lynching. But we will WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 22, 2019
“Theres no question that the impeachment process is the closest thing [to] a political death row trial, so I get his absolute rejection of the process,” Scott said. “I wouldnt use the word lynching.”
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