Speaking with Sean Hannity, Senator Lindsay Graham revealed he will call Adam Schiff to testify in the Senate.
“If the trial gets to the Senate our first witness we will call will be Adam Schiff so that we can find out if he coached the whistleblower when he met with him. -Senator Lindsey Graham #ImpeachmentHearings
— Chuck Kittrell (@ChuckKittrell) November 14, 2019
Interesting. Lindsey Graham just now on Hannity suggests he’d oppose Senate trial until whistleblower is named.
“I will not accept a trial in the Senate until I know who the whistleblower is.”
— Ben Riley-Smith (@benrileysmith) November 14, 2019
“Here’s the question I have about the whistleblower,” Graham said. “Was the whistleblower connected to Joe Biden in any way?”
“Did the whistleblower get himself or herself? … Did the whistleblower engage in an effort to get the [former] Ukrainian president, Poroshenko, to weigh in and stop the investigation of this gas company? Was there a connection between the whistleblower, Biden, Biden’s effort to call Ukraine?”
The South Carolina Republican added the Trump impeachment inquiry cannot be “legitimized” if it is based on an anonymous source.
Breibart reports Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Wednesday evening that he will call Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) to testify in the Senate if the House impeaches President Donald Trump.
Graham added that he would not allow a trial of President Donald Trump in the Senate based on hearsay evidence alone, and without testimony from the “whistleblower.”
Graham was speaking after the close of the first day of public hearings in the House Intelligence Committee as part of the “impeachment inquiry” authorized by Democrats in a House resolution that passed on party lines October 31.
After the first two witnesses testified, Democrats on the committee voted along party lines to table a motion made by Republicans to call the “whistleblower” — who admitted having no first-hand knowledge — to testify in person.
Republicans — notably Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) — pointed out that neither of the two witnesses would qualify to testify in court, since they only had “hearsay” evidence, i.e. they did not see or hear anything relevant themselves.
The Sixth Amendment, which guarantees the right to confront one’s accuser, excludes hearsay evidence in most circumstances — especially when the direct evidence, in this case the transcript of the telephone call between the president and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine.
Graham, as chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and a former impeachment manager during the trial of former President Bill Clinton, would have considerable sway over the procedural rules the Senate would adopt for Trump’s trial if the House impeaches the president.
This article first appeared on TheConservativeOpinion.com