Sen. Lindsey Graham, who days ago declared on the Senate floor that he had “enough” of Trump’s effort to overturn the election results after he incited a deadly riot at the Capitol, is now saying that if any Republican member of Congress supports impeaching Donald Trump they are damaging the country, presidency and party.
“To my Republican colleagues who legitimize this process, you are doing great damage not only to the country, the future of the presidency, but also to the party,” Graham said in a statement.
“The individuals who participated in the storming of the Capitol should be met with the full force of the law. They should and will be held accountable,” he added.
Some House Republicans, including the number 3 Republican in the chamber Liz Cheney have announced they will vote to impeach Trump.
On the Senate side, Leader McConnell is reportedly considering a vote to convict. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb) says he will consider the House’s article of impeachment and Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa) have called for Trump to resign.
Though Graham did not mention McConnell by name in his statement he said Senate leadership is “making the problem worse, not better.”
“The last thing the country needs is an impeachment trial of a president who is leaving office in one week,” he said.
The Hill reports that Graham is leading the resistance to Trump’s conviction in the Senate. He’s working behind the scenes, calling his colleagues and urging them to vote against convicting Trump in the Senate trial.