In a wild and news-packed day yesterday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) cut through all the noise and said bluntly, “Democrats have lost their minds.”
The South Carolina senator was referring on Wednesday to congressional Democrats’ latest efforts to try to kick President Donald Trump out of the office he was duly elected to because of a phone call the president had with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, back in July of this year.
The White House has released the full transcript of the phone call — Trump wanted full transparency. He made the transcript available to Congress and to the American public.
During that phone call in late July, Trump — concerned about corruption — asked the president of Ukraine to look into the scandals involving the Biden family.
And why wouldn’t he?
Former Vice President Joe Biden had bragged on camera last year about withholding money from Ukraine unless a certain prosecutor was fired — a prosecutor who was looking into questionable activities by his own son’s company.
“Joe Biden has acknowledged on camera that, when he was vice president, he successfully pressured Ukraine to fire its top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin, who was investigating the natural gas firm Burisma Holdings — where Hunter Biden was on the board. Shokin himself had been separately and widely accused of corruption,” as Fox News articulated.
President Zelensky — unlike what Democrats claimed — clearly there was no “quid pro quo” on that phone call with Trump back in July.
There was no threat of withholding any aid to the country.
President Trump was straightforward.
Now, in addition to receiving the full transcript of a White House phone call that President Trump made, Democrats are hosting Joseph Maguire, the acting director of National Intelligence, in a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday morning to understand more about a so-called whistleblower complaint against Trump.
They also demanded the full complaint of the whistleblower complaint. This so-called whistleblower did not hear the Trump phone call himself or herself — but apparently heard about it only secondhand or perhaps even third-hand.
It’s very possible this whistleblower had — and still has — political bias against this president.
Steve Guest of the Republican National Committee noted on Thursday morning in an emailed message, “If there was any doubt about the political leanings of this so-called whistleblower, his lawyer worked for Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, and donated to Joe Biden.”
“So, while the media gets spun up on a document that amounts to nothing more than a game of telephone, the media will ignore a damning report about Joe Biden’s family’s corrupt business practices that was published this morning in Politico.”
Sen. Graham of South Carolina slammed the efforts by Democrats to impeach Trump in the wake of the July phone call, as BizPac Review and other outlets have noted.
The Republican was reacting to the White House’s release of the transcript of the conversation between Trump and Zelensky, telling reporters it would be “insane” to use the contents of that call against Trump.
“From my point of view, to impeach any president over a phone call like this would be insane,” Graham said on Wednesday.
He then addressed the obvious conflict of interest for former Vice President Joe Biden in the Ukraine controversy — while calling out the double standard.
“Joe Biden is a very good friend, but we can’t have a country where one side gets looked at and the other one does not,” Graham added.
“I can assure you that if any Republican family member was engaged in conduct like this, they would raise questions,” he later said.
Stay tuned for more on this latest spectacle — and share your thoughts.
This article has been updated.