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Graham Statement on Committee Advancing Lydon Nomination to be Federal District Court Judge for South Carolina

Graham Statement on Committee Advancing Lydon Nomination to be Federal District Court Judge for South Carolina

WASHINGTON – Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) today made this statement on the Committee advancing the nomination of Sherri Lydon to be a U.S. District Judge for the District of South Carolina. Her nomination now awaits a vote by the full Senate.
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Graham Statement on Committee Advancing Lydon Nomination to be Federal District Court Judge for South Carolina

ICYMI – Newt Gingrich: Pelosi announces Trump impeachment inquiry vote – Here's what I am on the lookout for now

ICYMI – Newt Gingrich: Pelosi announces Trump impeachment inquiry vote – Here's what I am on the lookout for now

Newt Gingrich: Pelosi announces Trump impeachment inquiry vote – Here’s what I am on the lookout for now

By Newt Gingrich

October 28, 2019

https://www.foxnews.com/opinion/pelosi-announces-trump-impeachment-inquiry-vote-heres-what-i-am-on-the-lookout-for-now

 

Senator Lindsey Graham has created a new reality for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Graham has written a powerful resolution which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell joined in co-sponsoring. Together they have attracted 50 co-sponsors – which means with Vice President Pence supporting them they would win a vote to dismiss any phony impeachment from the House that failed to meet a key standard of fairness.

The resolution:

  • “calls on the House of Representatives, prior to proceeding any further with its impeachment investigation into President Trump, to vote to initiate a formal impeachment inquiry;
  • calls on the House of Representatives to provide President Trump, like every other American, with due process, to include the ability to confront his accusers, call witnesses on his behalf, and have a basic understanding of the accusations against him that would form any basis for impeachment; and
  • calls on the House of Representatives to provide members of the minority with the ability to participate fully in all proceedings and have equal authority to issue subpoenas and other compulsory process.”

Faced with this new reality, Speaker Pelosi suddenly ended months of avoiding a vote on the impeachment process and announced today that the House would vote this week.

As a practical matter, the House Democrats had no choice but to bring the impeachment process to a vote. They were faced with a Trump administration that refused to cooperate with a secret investigation which lacked rules and authorization by the full House. They were also faced with a Senate that was prepared to reject a kangaroo court-style secret approach.

However, the next test for Speaker Pelosi and the House Democrats will concern the kind of resolution they bring to the floor.

The House Democrats have a clear model of a fair, systematic bipartisan approach in the rules adopted by the Democrats in 1973 and by the Republicans in 1998. Former Democratic Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Peter Rodino of New Jersey developed a bipartisan set of rules in 1973 during the Nixon impeachment proceedings. Rodino’s rules allowed the White House Counsel to be present at all hearings – including those held in secret. They also allowed the Republican minority to offer subpoenas to bring in the witnesses they wanted in addition to the witnesses the Democrats wanted.

When we were faced with an impeachment process in 1998, we sent a congressman to interview then-retired Chairman Rodino, and we literally adopted all of his rules.

So, there is a bipartisan precedent for a fair, orderly approach to the impeachment process.

If Speaker Pelosi offers a resolution which includes these precedents – and if her resolution answers the 10 questions Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy has written posed to her – then it is possible the impeachment process will be back on a bipartisan track.

If, however, Speaker Pelosi introduces a resolution to continue the secret kangaroo court-Star Chamber-partisan approach Representative Adam Schiff has adopted, then the vote will be meaningless.

If the House Democrats fail to heed the warning of the Graham-McConnell Resolution, they will be setting up all their efforts to be dismissed out of hand by the senators who have called on them for real reforms in the current impeachment process.

Graham and McConnell have already had a big impact in just a few days. They are now poised to judge whether the Democrats’ proposed rules represent real fairness and real bipartisanship or are simply more of the same dishonest, secretive, one-sided baloney Schiff has served up so far.

It will be very interesting to see what kind of resolution Speaker Pelosi brings forward.

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Source: Lindsey Graham
ICYMI – Newt Gingrich: Pelosi announces Trump impeachment inquiry vote – Here's what I am on the lookout for now

Chairman Graham Introduces Resolution Condemning House of Representatives’ Closed Door Impeachment Process

Chairman Graham Introduces Resolution Condemning House of Representatives’ Closed Door Impeachment Process

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) introduced a Senate Resolution condemning the House of Representatives’ closed door impeachment inquiry.

The resolution is currently cosponsored by 39 Republican Senators.

“Every American should be disturbed by what is taking place in the House of Representatives regarding the attempt to impeach President Trump,” said Graham. “One of the cornerstones of American jurisprudence is due process – the right to confront your accuser, call witnesses on your behalf, and challenge the accusations against you. None of this is occurring in the House.”

Graham noted that during the impeachment inquiry of President Clinton – when the Democrats were in the minority of the House of Representatives – the minority had the ability to subpoena witnesses and documents on President Clinton’s behalf. President Clinton’s lawyers were also able to participate in examining witnesses, subpoenaing documents, introducing and objecting to evidence, and otherwise defending the President against the accusations made against him.

“The House also refuses to open up a formal inquiry of impeachment because they know to do so would empower the Republican minority to attack the heart of these accusations,” Graham continued.

Graham concluded, “It is imperative the President be able to confront his accuser, call witnesses on his behalf, and have a basic understanding of the accusations against him that would form any basis for impeachment.  We cannot have a country where every American has rights except Donald Trump. I find the current process illegitimate and dangerous to the future of the presidency.”

The Graham-McConnell resolution:

  • calls on the House of Representatives, prior to proceeding any further with its impeachment investigation into President Trump, to vote to initiate a formal impeachment inquiry;
  • calls on the House of Representatives to provide President Trump, like every other American, with due process, to include the ability to confront his accusers, call witnesses on his behalf, and have a basic understanding of the accusations against him that would form any basis for impeachment; and
  • calls on the House of Representatives to provide members of the minority with the ability to participate fully in all proceedings and have equal authority to issue subpoenas and other compulsory process.

Full text of the resolution is HERE.

Background:

Source: Lindsey Graham
Chairman Graham Introduces Resolution Condemning House of Representatives’ Closed Door Impeachment Process

Senators Request Expedited Visa for General Mazloum

Senators Request Expedited Visa for General Mazloum

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Chris Van Hollen (D-Maryland), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee), Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Connecticut) today sent the following letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo requesting that he assist with the issuance of a U.S. visa for General Mazloum, leader of the Syrian Democratic Forces, to visit the United States to discuss the path forward in deescalating conflict in Syria and the path forward in the fight against ISIS.
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Senators Request Expedited Visa for General Mazloum