If Republicans ever treated a Democrat president the way that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) is treating President Donald Trump, the media “would be beating the sh*t” of them, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Thursday.
Speaking to reporters, Graham defended his Senate resolution calling for House Intelligence Committee Chair Schiff to conduct his committee’s impeachment inquiry with the same fairness and transparency that Republicans afforded President Bill Clinton in the 1990’s.
Graham said that Republicans aren’t calling for Democrats to end their impeachment inquiry – they just want for President Trump to be granted his right to basic due process – having counsel present, being able to call and subpoena witnesses, etc. – just as Republicans did for President Clinton.
When a reporter asked Sen. Graham how he would have reacted if Clinton’s impeachment process had been interfered with, Graham bluntly condemned the media’s hypocrisy and double-standard regarding the impeachment of Democrats and Republicans:
Reporter: “Senator, if someone tried to interfere with the House impeachment process back in the 1990's under Clinton, how would you have reacted?”
Sen. Graham: “I think, if we were doing this, you would be beating the sh*t out of us. I think, if a Republican were doing to a Democrat what we’re doing, you would be all over me. And I think it says a lot about people in your business, with all due respect.
“I am confident that, if we had an Intel Committee inquiry involving a Democratic president where we selectively leaked stuff, you would be calling us every kind of bad name and we would deserve it.
“So, what I am saying is: there is a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it and this is a dangerous way to do it.”