01/17/2021 | Press release | Archived content
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today sent a letter to Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York), calling on the Senate to vote to dismiss the article of impeachment once it is received in the Senate in order to heal the nation.
Graham wrote, 'As you said, the January 6, 2021, attack on the United States Capitol will live in infamy in United States history. Those who were complicit in this attack will be held accountable. And the Congress can be proud that it returned to business that same day to fulfill its constitutional duty and certify Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States.
'Vice President Pence stood in the breach against unconstitutional calls for him to overturn the 2020 election and violate his oath to defend the Constitution. Mitch McConnell, the Senate's Majority Leader, likewise rejected those same calls. Virtually all of us rejected further challenges to the 2020 election.
'But now, in your first act as Majority Leader, rather than begin the national healing that the country so desperately yearns for, you seek vengeance and political retaliation instead. While the Vice President and Senate Republicans rejected unconstitutional actions, you seek to force upon the Senate, what would itself be but one more unconstitutional action in this disgraceful saga-the impeachment trial of a former president.'
Graham continued, 'The impeachment power exists to protect the Nation from the harm that an incumbent president might inflict upon the Nation were he to remain in office, not to vindicate political grievances after a president has left office.'