From The Post and Courier:
BLUFFTON — South Carolina’s two Republican senators sought to discredit the whistleblower complaint that has spurred an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.
Lindsey Graham and Tim Scott separately came to the same conclusion Friday, calling the complaint “hearsay” and questioning the validity of the claims.
“It’s over the top,” Graham told The Post and Courier on Friday night moments before he was set to give the keynote address at a Beaufort County Republican Party dinner.
Graham tried to make light of the serious impeachment inquiry surrounding a July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
“Salem witch trials had more due process than this,” Graham told the audience.
“He’s not really a whistleblower, so it’s really more hearsay,” Scott told reporters in Washington, according to reports from multiple news outlets.
“If we’re talking about someone who actually is not a whistleblower, someone who’s only heard it — hearsay — then that brings everything into question,” he said in the reports.
Graham also said the House needs to vote on an inquiry of impeachment if they are truly concerned.
And he should know. In 1999, during his third term in the House of Representatives, Graham helped lead the impeachment trial against President Bill Clinton.
“I voted on one. I put my name by it,” he said, before criticizing one of South Carolina’s Democrats for not declaring where he stands.
Before wrapping up his remarks in Bluffton, Graham told attendees he had to get back to Washington. He had plans to golf with Trump on Saturday morning.
Hearsay he say? Two words: Linda Tripp.