Sen. Graham urges Biden to stand down on Scarlet Letter Trump impeachment – Fox News

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., argued on Sunday that pursuing the « Scarlet Letter » impeachment of President Trump after he leaves office will ruin the start of Joe Biden’s presidency and urged the president-elect to « stand down. »

Speaking during an interview on « Sunday Morning Futures, » the South Carolina Republican senator pressed Biden to oppose the impeachment push.

« You talk about unifying the country, if you do not stand up against the impeachment of President Trump after he leaves office, you’re an incredibly weak figure in American history, » Graham said.

Graham stressed that he believes pursuing impeachment after Trump leaves office « will further divide the country. »

He went on to urge Biden to « stand up to the radical left » and tell Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to dismiss what he believes is « an unconstitutional attempt to impeach president Trump out of office. »

On Sunday, Graham tweeted the letter he sent to Schumer saying, « The Senate should vote to dismiss the article of impeachment once it is received in the Senate, » stressing that « we will be delaying indefinitely, if not forever, the healing of this great Nation if we do otherwise. »

Graham told host Maria Bartiromo he has not yet heard back from the Democratic senator. Fox News did not immediately hear back from Schumer’s office.

Graham said impeaching a president after he leaves office is « insane at every level » and stressed that it « will create further division in this country. »

« This is a Scarlet Letter impeachment where the Democrats are trying openly to disqualify President Trump from ever holding office again after he leaves office, » Graham said. « This has never been done in the history of our country. »

He went on to say that he believes « it is blatantly unconstitutional. »

« It’s being driven by the radical left and what is Joe Biden doing? He’s sitting on the sidelines and doing nothing, » Graham said. « One phone call from President-elect Biden would stop this. »

Graham added that « Joe Biden is off to a lousy start, » saying that « it would be so easy for him in the name of healing this country to tell Schumer to stand down impeachment. »

Graham went on to say that because Biden is not doing that he is « really worried that he’s [not] going to stand up to the radical left on anything. »

« I think we’re going to have in the first hundred days by the Biden administration the most aggressive socialized policy effort in the history of the country, » he continued.

Ten House Republicans, including Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, joined Democrats to impeach President Trump on charges of « incitement of an insurrection, » making him the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. 

Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, faced blowback from other GOP leaders for her high-profile condemnation of the president. 

On Sunday, Graham also had a message for his Republican colleagues in the Senate saying, « If we embrace an unconstitutional impeachment of Donald Trump after he’s out of office, it will destroy the party. »

« President Trump’s going to be the most important voice in the Republican Party for a long time to come, » Graham said, adding that Trump will « accept responsibility for his part on January the 6th. »

He went on to say that impeaching Trump after he leaves office is « not only unconstitutional, » but it will « destroy » the Republican Party.

« I hope the Republican senators know that because it is a reality and it will not help the country, » Graham said, adding that impeaching Trump after he leaves office « will be disastrous for this country and our party. »

Graham did, however, acknowledge that the violence at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month « was one of the low points in my time in office. »

« It was horrendous to see people come and take over the capitol, the House and the Senate, beat officers, defile the seat of government, » Graham said, adding that Congress will « get to the bottom » of how that could have happened.

He then urged his Republican colleagues not to « legitimize an unconstitutional effort to impeach President Trump » because it will become « the model for the future. »

« What you’ve done here is you impeached the president without one witness being called and not even having a lawyer, » he added, noting that the « bad, rushed [and] emotional » move is « dangerous to the presidency. »

« I hope every Republican will reject the second impeachment of President Trump, » he stressed.

Graham also noted on Thursday that « there are a lot of people urging the president to pardon folks who participated in defiling the Capitol. »

« I don’t care if you went there and spread flowers on the floor, you breached the security of the Capitol, you interrupted a joint session of Congress, you tried to intimidate us all, you should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law and to seek a pardon of these people would be wrong, » Graham said, adding that he thinks « it would destroy President Trump, and I hope we don’t go down that road. »

Among those requesting a pardon from President Trump before he leaves office this week is the attorney representing the so-called « QAnon Shaman, » who stormed the U.S. Capitol in a bizarre getup, The New York Post reported.

Graham noted that rioters chose to storm the U.S. Capitol and that « President Trump never said go into the Capitol and try to interrupt a joint session of Congress. »

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Graham stressed that « that was the choice they made » and now the rioters need to face the consequences.

Fox News’ Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.

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