Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday said that President Donald Trump should release his tax returns but defended the president’s court battle to keep his financial information private.
Graham made the remarks during an interview on the CBS News program Face the Nation.
“This is the first impeachment trial being driven by partisan politicians,” Graham complained, “conducted behind closed doors, the testimony was selectively leaked, the president was denied the ability to participate in the House hearing and I want to end it. I have nothing but disdain for this. I’m trying to make myself clear, what you’re doing in the House is bad for the presidency.”
In fact, a large portion of the hearings were held in public and the president’s legal team was invited to participate. They declined.
According to the senior Senator from South Carolina, impeachment should take months, not weeks.
“I think this whole thing is a crock,” Graham griped. “I hate what they’re doing.”
When it came to the baseless allegation that Joe Biden is involved in Ukraine corruption, Graham called the former vice president a “friend” but refused to defend him.
“He’s one of the most decent people I’ve met in my life,” Graham opined. “But here’s the deal, this whole process around the Ukraine reeks with politics. They’ve done everything but take a wrecking ball to Donald Trump and his family.”
“We’re not going to live in a world where only Republicans get looked at,” he continued. “As much as I love Joe Biden and I’m sincere when I say that, now that you want to talk about Ukraine, it’s pretty hard for me to go home and tell my constituents to ignore the fact that Hunter Biden received $50,000 from a gas company in the Ukraine run by the most corrupt person in the Ukraine.”
Before concluding the interview, Graham commented on a case where investigators in New York have subpoenaed the president’s financial records. The Supreme Court recently said that it would hear the case.
“Do you think that any president should be able to block this from Congress?” host Margaret Brennan asked.
“If the Supreme Court rules that he has to release his financial information, he would be bound to do so,” Graham agreed. “I personally think he should release his tax returns. I think anybody running for president go forward should release their tax returns, but the president has legal rights.”
“We can’t have laws for everybody but Donald Trump!” Graham exclaimed.
It was not immediately clear which law Graham was referring to.
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Trump has selected Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace RBG on the Supreme Court: NYT
President Donald Trump is to announce on Saturday that he will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett as an Associate Justice on the United States Supreme Court.
"President Trump has selected Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the favorite candidate of conservatives, to succeed Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and will try to force Senate confirmation before Election Day in a move that would significantly alter the ideological makeup of the Supreme Court for years," New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker reported Friday.
"Mr. Trump plans to announce on Saturday that she is his choice, according to people close to the process who asked not to be identified disclosing the decision in advance. The president met with Judge Barrett at the White House this week and came away impressed with a jurist that leading conservatives told him would be a female Antonin Scalia, referring to the justice who died in 2016 and for whom Judge Barrett clerked," the newspaper explained.
Lincoln Project drops new ad targeting ‘hypocritical Republican Senators’ pushing Trump’s SCOTUS pick
The anti-Trump Republican PAC Lincoln Project dropped a new ad this Friday, this time targeting President Trump's upcoming announcement of his pick to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the "hypocritical Republican Senators who have vowed to push Trump’s nomination through the Senate before the next president can be sworn in."
"The 60-second ad 'The Choice' condemns Republican Senators for tearing the country apart in their unending quest for power and position. It admonishes their unchecked power in their attempt to remake America in Trump’s image," the group said on its website.
Trump argues BLM protests are ‘destroying many Black lives’: ‘It’s really hurting the black community’
Speaking before a "Black Voices for Trump Coalition" rally in Atlanta, President Donald Trump lashed out at Americans who have protested police violence against Black Americans.
"Many of those who are spreading violence in our cities are supporters of an organization called Black Lives Matter or BLM," Trump said, despite the fact Black Lives Matter is not an organization, just the ideology that police shouldn't murder Black people.
The crowd at the "Black Voices for Trump Coalition" booed at the mention of BLM.
"It's really hurting the Black community," Trump said of protests against police killing Black citizens.