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Lindsey Graham clings to new Trump ‘hearsay’ defense: Impeachment ‘is going to destroy the presidency over time’

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) argued that the impeachment of President Donald Trump should not go forward because it would “destroy the presidency over time.”

Reporters pressed Graham on Thursday about what he might do to stop the impeachment proceedings.

“There’s no quid pro quo,” Graham ranted. “Nothing happened here. We’re not going to impeach this president over this. We’re not going to legitimize a hearing where you can only call Democratic witnesses. It’s over. It’s done for me.”

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According to the South Carolina Republican, impeachment is not a valid remedy for the president’s misdeeds because it was initiated with so-called hearsay evidence.

“If you exclude hearsay as basis for impeachment, which every court in the land would, unless there’s an exception, I will not allow it to come forward with my vote unless the whistleblower comes forward,” Graham opined. “Is there a connection between the whistleblower, CIA, Biden or any other Democrat? We’re not going to let the president of the United States be tried based on anonymous accusation and based on a bunch of hearsay.”

Graham, however, supported the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, who was accused based on hearsay allegations from Linda Tripp.

But on Thursday, Graham insisted that hearsay witnesses could eventually “destroy the presidency.”

“I don’t want to legitimize this,” he said of the impeachment process. “Democrats may like this today. If there’s a Democratic president and you’ve got a small majority of Republicans in the house, you’re basically going to destroy the presidency over time if you continue this.”

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Just moments after Graham spoke, CNN’s John King pointed out the hypocrisy.

“I would remind Lindsey Graham, Linda Tripp heard it from a friend,” King said. “Like almost any case built, yes, you can have hearsay witnesses and then you have to prove it.”

Watch the video below from CNN.

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Trump slammed for lawless obstruction of Congress: ‘He’s taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution’

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On CNN Saturday, former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY), who voted for the articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, discussed the path forward for impeaching President Donald Trump.

"We know moderate Democrats are a bit frustrated with leadership over potentially expanding the scope of their consideration, maybe the Mueller report findings and drawing up these articles of impeachment," said anchor Victor Blackwell. "Do you think it's a mistake not to include anything beyond the Ukraine matter?"

"Yes," said Holtzman. "I think it would be a mistake, although, you know, I'm still at a distance, and the members of the committee really have to, who have been digging into this deeply have the best feel, but my sense is that the, what the president did is so egregious, not just with regard to Ukraine, but what part of what's bad about his activities in Ukraine, is that he's taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution by saying that Congress has no right to get information, and he's cut off his committee, his administration from, and ordered and directed them not to cooperate with the committee in any way."

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Giuliani pummeled by ex-press secretary for ‘returning to the scene of the crime’ to create Ukraine chaos

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On CNN Saturday, Rudy Giuliani's former mayoral press secretary Ken Frydman harshly criticized his former boss for his ongoing efforts in the Ukraine scheme.

"As you've watched the former mayor over the last several years, have you identified a point at which things shifted for the man who I guess still is for some known at America's Mayor?" asked anchor Victor Blackwell."

"Well, yeah. I think when he went into business with Donald Trump," said Frydman. "You saw a — a severe change in his personality. He had a zealous need to make money, to be relevant. To be part of the political process. And you know right now he's making, I think, ill-advised decisions, like returning to the scene of the crime, Ukraine, to make a propagandist documentary. Almost as if he's playing, he and the president, are playing, 'catch me if you can.' The president will not participate in the impeachment hearings, and Rudy is off in the Ukraine doubling down."

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‘I haven’t had a personal cell phone for years’: Trump demands retraction from CNN — in tweet sent from his iPhone

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On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump had spoken to Rudy Giuliani over unsecured phone lines.

If he was using an unsecured phone to talk to Giuliani about Ukraine, Trump would effectively be allowing the Russians to listen in.

CNN confirmed the unsecured phone use, reporting "President Donald Trump has continued to use his personal cell phone to make calls, despite repeated warnings from his staff that the practice could leave him vulnerable to foreign surveillance, multiple officials told CNN."

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