Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., urged Joe Biden to push back against his fellow Democrats’ impeachment effort of President Donald Trump, saying in a series of Twitter posts, if he truly wants “unity,” he should instruct them to drop the matter.
“It is now time for President-elect Biden to rise to the occasion and instruct his party to call off post-presidential impeachment proceedings,” Graham wrote in one of about a half-dozen posts.
Biden has repeatedly called for unity and announced the theme of his inauguration will be “America United,” a ploy some, such as television host Megyn Kelly, have called cynical and hypocritical.
Graham pointed to the fact impeachment is merely a tool to remove someone from office, which will have occurred by the time the Senate will be able to commence any trial. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said he would not recall the Senate into a special session to take up the matter.
“It’s now time for President-elect Biden to reject post presidential impeachment because of the destructive force it would have on the presidency and nation,” Graham wrote. “Every president is subject to the laws of the land. However, impeachment is political and will further divide the nation.
“President Trump will be leaving office next Tuesday, and impeachment in the House and trial in the Senate within a week, would do great damage to our institutions and could incite further violence,” he wrote.