Sen. Graham Awaits Trump Phone Call Transcript: 'The Only Thing That Would Bother Me...'

By Susan Jones | September 25, 2019 | 7:10am EDT
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

( - "Here's my question," Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) told Fox News's Sean Hannity Tuesday night:

When the vice president (Biden) told the Ukraine, we will take the money away from you unless you fire the prosecutor, did he have a conflict of interest because the prosecutor was looking at his son? Tomorrow, we will read the transcript. Is there any evidence at all that President Trump threatened to take aid away from the Ukraine unless they investigate Biden or do his political bidding?

I don't know, but I will tell you this. If the answer is yes, I'll be on your show, very disappointed with our president. If the answer is no, this is Russia times two times ten.

Graham also said he wants to know who told the whistleblower about Trump's conversation, if reports are true that the whistleblower did not hear the call first-hand.

"Somebody told this person about a phone call they were not part of. Did they have a political agenda? Did the whistleblower have a bias?" Graham asked. "I'll make an offer tonight on television to the whistleblower. If you want to testify under oath to the Senate Judiciary Committee, you're welcome to do so. Because I want to find the truth.

"And here's another question. Was there a reason to withhold aid to this new Ukrainian administration until we knew who they were? And was it okay for President Trump to withhold money to try to get other countries to give more? These are the questions that somebody needs to ask and answer."

Hannity asked the senator about the politics of the Democrats launching an "impeachment inquiry," which is not the same thing as impeachment. "How do you think this plays out for the Democrats?" he asked.

"Well, it tells me that they think they're going to lose at the ballot box," Graham responded. "The only reason they're trying to impeach the president is because they don't believe they can beat him at the ballot box, so they're trying to destroy him.

"It comes down to this. If there's no evidence that President Trump tried to coerce the Ukrainians into investigating Biden and withholding aid to the Ukraine unless they did Trump's bidding against Biden, then there's nothing here. That would be the only thing that would bother me. It would be okay for the president to tell the Ukrainians, hey, if this prosecutor was fired for a corrupt purpose, maybe you should look at it."

Graham praised President Trump for saying he will release a transcript of his conversation with the Ukraine president, even though some liberals have scoffed that a transcript cannot be taken as accurate.

"The one thing about this president that I admire in this circumstance -- he's releasing a phone call with a foreign leader (so) that you can make your own judgment," Graham said.

"And if there is no evidence that Donald Trump tried to intimidate the Ukraine by withholding military aid unless they investigated Biden, there's nothing here.

"But there's a lot here when it comes to Biden. Did he have a conflict of interest when he threatened to withhold aid to the Ukraine unless they fired a prosecutor looking at his son?

"Now, that needs to be looked at. Was there a reason to withhold aid to the Ukraine after this election, apart from Biden? A lot of people in DOD were worried about this new administration, Sean, should we give them weapons because we don't know how close they are to Russia."

Also See:
Trump Told U.N. Last Year He Was 'Taking a Hard Look at U.S. Foreign Aid'


MRC Store