As President Donald Trump’s legal team closed out their arguments in an attempt to convince senators that the president should be acquitted of the two articles of impeachment drafted against him, Sen. Lindsey Graham spoke with reporters after the trial and revealed that Republicans — if given the chance — would vote to call a number of high-profile witnesses.
According to Breitbart, Graham was specific in who he thinks Republicans senators will vote to hear from in the ongoing impeachment trial.
“I’ll make a prediction; there will be 51 Republican votes to call Hunter Biden, Joe Biden, the whistleblower, and the DNC staffer at the very minimum,” Graham said.
Graham further told reporters that he believes Hunter Biden’s position at a Ukraine energy company was “inappropriate,” given his father, Joe Biden’s, position of power at the time he landed the lucrative board position.
Doubling down, Graham said there’s a “tsunami of evidence” that Biden’s Ukraine connection is inappropriate and should be further investigated as the impeachment trial continues. The Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman said Hunter Biden turned Ukraine into an “ATM machine.
As previously reported by Daily Sounder, reports broke on Tuesday afternoon about Sen. Mitch McConnell signaling that there weren’t enough GOP votes in the Senate to block the calling of witnesses. Democrats now have an increased interest in calling former national security adviser John Bolton in for testimony, given the reported revelations about the Ukraine military aid situation.
Trump’s defense team on Tuesday spent part of the time arguing that calling witnesses at this point is useless, given that the articles of impeachment facing the president don’t amount to rise to the level of requiring Trump to be removed from office.
Republican senators, like Sen. Rand Paul, have insisted that if Democrats are allowed to call witnesses such as Bolton, then Republicans should be able to call Hunter Biden and others, to even the playing field.
Senators will decide this week on whether or not further evidence is needed to determine whether or not Trump should be removed from office and are expected to take a vote on whether or not to call witnesses in the coming days.