Graham Warns Against Impeaching Presidents After They Leave Office


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Wednesday on FNC’s “Hannity,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) questioned the merits of an impeachment effort underway initiated by House Democrats.

Graham argued against impeaching a president that has already left office and mentioned the possibility of impeaching former President Barack Obama for the lack of effort during the attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi in 2012.

“We’ll play this out,” he explained.

“We impeach the president today without any evidence. It’s just sheer hatred. If this becomes the norm, be careful what you wish for today. Under this theory, the radical left — if you can impeach a president after they’re out of office, why don’t we impeach George Washington? He owned slaves. Where does this stop?” he said.

He added: “So, to my Republican colleagues, let’s stand firm for the idea — whether you like Donald Trump or not, he’s not above the law.”

“If he did something wrong, you know, you can face the consequences of the law,” Graham continued.

“Impeachment is political. What we’re doing here is we’re impeaching the president without any evidence, without any witnesses, and we’re going to have a trial after they are out of office. How do you survive as a president in the future? This will be an attack on the presidency in perpetuity. Should we impeach Barack Obama because, for 24 hours, he never lifted a finger to help those people under siege in Benghazi? Where does this stop?” he said.

President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time on Wednesday.

Democrats charged him with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week.

Ten Republicans (all names here) fled Trump, joining Democrats who said he needed to be held accountable.

Freshman Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene announced on Wednesday that she plans to file articles of impeachment against President-elect Joe Biden the day after his inauguration.

The Georgia Congresswoman announced her decision via Twitter and reiterated her promise on Newsmax, specifying her articles would impeach him for “abuse of power.”

Greene said her motivation is to stand up for the 75 million Americans who are “fed up with inaction” in government.

“It’s time to take a stand,” she said. “I’m proud to be the voice of Republican voters who have been ignored.”

President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time on Wednesday.

Democrats charged him with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week.

Ten Republicans fled Trump, joining Democrats who said he needed to be held accountable and warned ominously of a “clear and present danger” if Congress should leave him unchecked before Biden’s inauguration Jan. 20.

Below are the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump:

1. Rep. Liz Cheney, Wyoming

2. Rep. Tom Rice, South Carolina

3. Rep. Dan Newhouse, Washington

4. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Illinois

5. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, Ohio

6. Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan

7. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington

8. Rep. Peter Meijer, Michigan

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9. Rep. John Katko, New York

10. Rep. David Valadao, California

Freshman Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene announced on Wednesday that she plans to file articles of impeachment against President-elect Joe Biden the day after his inauguration.

The Georgia Congresswoman announced her decision via Twitter and reiterated her promise on Newsmax, specifying her articles would impeach him for “abuse of power.”

Greene said her motivation is to stand up for the 75 million Americans who are “fed up with inaction” in government.

“It’s time to take a stand,” she said. “I’m proud to be the voice of Republican voters who have been ignored.”

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