Lindsey Graham Drops Impeachment Curveball

( Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina recently threatened to call in FBI agents to testify about the security failures at the United States Capitol Building on January 6 if the Democrats attempt to call witnesses at the upcoming impeachment hearing.

Senator Graham made the suggestion during an interview with Fox News, warning Democrats that bringing in witness testimony to the unconstitutional impeachment hearing of private citizen Donald Trump would prompt him to bring in the FBI. He said that Democrats should be careful about “opening that can of worms” and said that it could drag out the impeachment process. It would be “bad” for America, he explained, as the nation remains extremely divided over the hearing and the policies pushed by the new Joe Biden administration.

“To my Democrat colleagues, if you vote to call one witness, when none were called in the House, get ready for a long trial,” he said. “If you open that can of worms, we’ll want the FBI to come in and tell us about how people pre-planned this attack and what happened with the security footprint at the Capitol. You open up Pandora’s Box if you call one witness.”

Democrats accuse former President Donald Trump of inciting violence at the Capitol on January 6, though the FBI has already confirmed that the violence was pre-organized by extremists on Twitter and began before the president finished giving his speech on Capitol Hill that day.

45 Republican Senators have already announced that they believe the hearing is unconstitutional, meaning it is unlikely the former president will be convicted in the trial. That is perhaps why Democrats are rumored to be preparing to bring in witnesses.

“The second impeachment of Donald Trump is not wearing well over time,” Graham said. “Democrats are in a box. They started this thing in the House, they impeached the president of the United States in Nancy Pelosi’s House in less than 50 hours from bringing it up to a conclusion, without a lawyer, not one witness was called.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has not yet confirmed how he decides to vote in the impeachment hearing and is thought to be weighing up how badly a vote to convict would hurt his career and support from within the party. McConnell has previously accused the president of having incited the violence on Capitol Hill.

Se4nator Graham, however, disagreed.

“I don’t agree with him,” he said. “That would be a crime, to provoke somebody, to incite them to violence. Show me the clip where he did that.”

The impeachment hearing is set to begin on February 9.