Gardner Backs Graham Anti-Impeachment Resolution

Profiles in courage? Not so much.

Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Yuma) did not immediately sign-on to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s Senate resolution condemning the House of Representatives for impeachment investigations against President Trump, but he didn’t equivocate for too long. Gardner is now officially supporting Graham’s silly Trump defense.

On Thursday, Graham introduced his ridiculous resolution in the Senate, criticizing House Democrats for the same impeachment proceedings that he helped conduct in 1999. As Dana Milbank writes for The Washington Post:

Twenty years ago, as a Clinton impeachment manager, Graham said a president’s failure to comply with subpoenas was impeachable because it “took the power from Congress.” Now the Trump administration is ignoring subpoenas wholesale — and Graham is attacking the lawmakers who issued them. [Pols emphasis]

In his Thursday news conference, Graham couldn’t quite bring himself to exonerate Trump: “I don’t want to comment on substance,” he said. “I’m not here to tell you that Donald Trump has done nothing wrong.” He merely raged against procedures, arguing, “The process in the House today, I think, is a danger to the future of the presidency.”

ABC News’s Terry Moran reminded him that during Watergate, lawmakers took depositions behind closed doors before there was an impeachment resolution, just as the House is doing now.

Graham did not dispute this.

Senate Republicans may be having a harder time defending President Trump’s conduct, but they’re apparently willing to die on the process hill.

As for Gardner…well, he’s nothing if not predictable.

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  1. RepealAndReplace says:


  2. Genghis says:

    Shocking. 🙂

    Of course, the issue was never whether Coreless would announce support for Dame Graham's resolution but when. Coreless is clearly concerned that he might not keep that U.S. Senate seat, which would leave his short-term chances of remaining latched to the public teat dependent upon getting a gig in the Dump administration, which means smooching ol' Donny's backside at every opportunity.

  3. JohnInDenver says:

    I'm still looking for anyone who can explain why the Senate thinks it has the right to criticize the House's procedure, when the Constitution spells out the House of Representatives has the sole power of impeachment.

    And when the House is using the rules put in place by John Boehner & his Republican majority in 2015.   Or did I miss Clinton availing herself of the opportunity to have an attorney take part in the multiple Benghazi committee investigations?

  4. Diogenesdemar says:

    “The White House’s stated policy of noncooperation with the impeachment inquiry weighs heavily in favor of disclosure,” Judge Howell wrote. “Congress’s need to access grand jury material relevant to potential impeachable conduct by a president is heightened when the executive branch willfully obstructs channels for accessing other relevant evidence.”

    Impeachment Inquiry Is Legal, Judge Rules, Giving Democrats a Victory

    . . . so now, go fuck off.



  5. Gilpin Guy says:

    This smacks of all the same stupidity as barging into the inquiry with Republicans who are on these committees.  Talk about a lame approach to defending the indefensible.

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