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Graham: GOP senators won’t impeach Trump based on Ukraine call

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Graham said he plans to ask his GOP Senate colleagues to co-sign a letter to the House speaker stating that they “do not believe the transcript of the phone call” constitutes an impeachable offense, adding that Pelosi and other Democratic lawmakers are “about to destroy the nation for no good reason.”

Graham also called upon Pelosi to bring a resolution to the House floor to approve Democrats’ impeachment probe, claiming that “you have to have a vote to make it legitimate.”

The remarks from Graham, one of Trump’s most loyal congressional defenders, echo two of Republican lawmakers’ oft-repeated criticisms of House Democrats’ drive to oust the president, which has now entered its second week.

The proceedings, White House allies argue, lack constitutional authority and a clear mandate from the full House — and the phone call at the heart of the inquiry is not damaging enough to warrant the extraordinary step of impeachment.

But the Democrats’ investigation is quickly expanding beyond the narrow scope of Trump and Zelensky’s conversation, now ensnaring senior officials across the administration and Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone signaled in a letter Tuesday to Pelosi and the three committee chairmen leading the impeachment probe that the administration will block any cooperation with their investigative processes, while top Democrats have cautioned that a failure to comply will amount to obstruction of their inquiry.

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