The Senate will not consider the impeachment efforts against President Donald Trump to be legitimate if the whistleblower doesnt testify, said Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who chairs the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee.
“I consider any impeachment in the House that doesnt allow us to know who the whistleblower is to be invalid because without the whistleblower complaint we wouldnt be talking about any of this,” Graham told Fox News on Sunday, adding that the process would be unfair because the anonymous person at the center of the impeachment inquiry wouldnt have to face questioning.
His remarks come as House Republicans, including Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), submitted a list of witnesses they would like to call for public testimonials next week. Schiff rejected having the whistleblower come forward.
Should articles of impeachment get passed in the House, the process would then reach the Senate. It would need more than two-thirds of the Senators to vote to remove President Trump.
“Its impossible to bring this case forward, in my view, fairly without us knowing who the whistleblower is and having a chance to cross-examine them about any biases they may have,” Graham said. “So if they dont call the whistleblower in the House, this thing is dead on arrival in the Senate.”
Democrats have said the whistleblowers testimony is not relevant and redundant because administration officials who have come forward to testify in closed-door depositions have corroborated the persons claims. They have provided more alleged background details about Trumps July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky.
According to the transcript of the call, which Trump had declassified, Trump makes a request to Zelensky to “look into” the Bidens activities surrounding Burisma. Zelensky has denied there was any pressure on him to open any investigation.
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