Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham is warning about the risks of impeaching presidents after they leave office.
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 terrorist attack in 2012 on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, which resulted in four Americans being killed while they wanted over 12 hours for help from Obama and Hillary Clinton.
“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 added.
“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? 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,” he continued.
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 fled Trump, joining Democrats who said he needed to be held accountable.
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