Graham: Impeachment Ensures Trump's Re-election; Jordan: Impeachment Has Begun

By Susan Jones | May 23, 2019 | 6:04am EDT
President Trump announces he's been investigated enough, and he won't deal with Democrats until they end their "phony investigations." (Photo: Screen capture)

( - While impeaching President Trump may not be high on the agenda of normal Americans, it's all they're talking about in Washington.

Hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused President Trump of engaging in a "cover-up" -- prompting Trump to walk out of their planned meeting on infrastructure -- both sides retreated to their political corners.

Democrats blasted Trump for having a temper tantrum and for refusing to work with Democrats until they finish their "phony investigations."

And Republicans said this is just more of the continuing attempt by Democrats to delegitimize a duly elected president who is trying to get things done for the American people.

"After two years of a political rectal exam, nobody's been looked at more than Trump," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News's Sean Hannity Wednesday night.

"They found nothing. But the answer for the Democrats is, 'Trump's gotta go.' They will not beat him at the ballot box. If they try to impeach him, they are going to ensure his reelection. I want the American people to know that Bob Mueller did his job, he looked at Trump every way you can look at Trump, and he found nothing. And this is just political revenge. It is going to blow up in their face, and I can't wait 'til 2020."

Earlier, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told Fox News, "Let's be honest, they are already doing impeachment, they just won't formally call it that that...They are basically doing it."

Jordan also said, "When your entire focus is on attacking and stopping the president, you can't do what's best for the country. Yet in spite of that...the president's record in two-and-a-half years of achieving good things for the country is unbelievable.

"I always go down the list -- regulations reduced, taxes cut, economy growing at an amazing rate, Gorsuch and Kavanaugh on the court, and a lot of other judges confirmed, we're out of the Iran deal, the embassy's in Jerusalem, the hostages home from North Korea, NAFTA, the new NAFTA, USMCA, ready to go."

Jordan said the five House committees investigating Trump -- Financial Services, Ways and Means, Intelligence, Judiciary and Oversight -- are coordinating their attacks on the president because their "singular focus is going after the guy who has helped, in two and a half years, all the good things that have happened in this country."

Jordan said he thinks Democrats are "nervous about the real investigation," which is the probe into how "this crazy thing started."

Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, told Fox News that Democrats are playing to their base:

"The point is, they have a base to feed and that base to feed is rabidly saying they want to impeach the president. But they've got a problem. The problem is that the Mueller report came back, it did not show what they wanted, there's no collusion, no obstruction, and when they look at it, they look at an economy that is booming, they look at a president who's in control, and then they have to feed two different bases.

One says impeach, one says go after Trump, do everything they can to destroy the president, while the others in their caucus are saying we don't want this, our voters don't want this, and they want to move slowly.

So look, they lose on the politics, they lose on the facts and so now the American people are the ones losing in the end because they are not doing anything with the majority they have in the House.

Collins said the president wants to get things done, but "when you have people basically kicking sand in his face or accusing him of a crime, he is going to react. This president's passionate about the American people, he's passionate about putting Americans back to work, he's passionate about doing infrastructure, and what we've seen so far is the Democrats, including the Speaker, is passionate about keeping her job…”

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