Graham calls on Mitch McConnell to resist attempts to impeach Trump that will ‘divide the country’

Senator Lindsey Graham is calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to ‘unequivocally’ denounce efforts to convict President Donald Trump after he was impeached for an historic second time. 

Graham referred to McConnell as a legislative ‘street fighter’ in an interview with Fox News‘ Hannity programme on Tuesday, urging all Republicans to ‘stand up and fight back’.

Trump was impeached on Wednesday last week over allegedly inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol a week earlier. Five people died in the mayhem, including a police officer killed by rioters.

‘What we need right now is Senator McConnell to unequivocally say the second impeachment of Donald Trump after he leaves office is not only unconstitutional, it is bad for the country, Graham said.

The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee also praised McConnell for ‘everything that he did’ to help Trump during his time as president.

Senator Lindsey Graham is calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to 'unequivocally' denounce efforts to convict President Donald Trump after he was impeached for an historic second time

Senator Lindsey Graham is calling on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to ‘unequivocally’ denounce efforts to convict President Donald Trump after he was impeached for an historic second time 

‘Our country needs to heal,’ Graham said. ‘A second impeachment of Donald Trump after he leaves office won’t heal the country, it will further divide the country.’

Graham alleged that impeaching a president who has left office was unconstitutional. 

McConnell rejected requests to bring back the Senate early in order to begin impeachment proceedings, meaning they could not take place while Trump was still in office. 

Graham claimed that 90percent of Republicans believe the latest impeachment to be unconstitutional and ‘unfair’ and that the page should be allowed to turn on Trump’s presidency.

‘We have a chance here for the future of the country to say that there’s an end to all of this. Once the person leaves office, we’re not going to pursue them,’ Graham said.

McConnell (pictured, centre) rejected requests to bring back the Senate early in order to begin impeachment proceedings, meaning they could not take place while Trump was still in office. Graham claimed impeaching Trump after he has left office is unconstitutional [File photo]

McConnell (pictured, centre) rejected requests to bring back the Senate early in order to begin impeachment proceedings, meaning they could not take place while Trump was still in office. Graham claimed impeaching Trump after he has left office is unconstitutional [File photo]

Democrats have argued that impeaching Trump is still important as, if convicted, he cannot hold public office in the future. 

The move to impeach Trump was hailed as a bipartisan effort, though only 10 Republicans voted in favor. 

Graham said the Republican Party’s future was at stake if it did not fight the impeachment.

‘As to the Republican Party, if we throw in the towel, or are perceived to having thrown in the towel, and not fighting against this impeachment, the Republican Party, as Rand Paul said, will ‘crack up,’ Graham said, referring to a comment made by the junior US Senator from Kentucky.

Graham’s comments came as Trump prepared to leave office early on Wednesday ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden this afternoon.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi holds the signed Article of Impeachment against Trump on January 13, 2021

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi holds the signed Article of Impeachment against Trump on January 13, 2021 

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