Graham calls Biden impeachment motion 'dead on arrival' without proper due process

 June 26, 2023

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina issued some strong language about a potential Biden impeachment resolution.

Graham said that efforts to impeach President Joe Biden are lacking due process and would be "dead on arrival" in the Senate.

The lawmaker said that Democrats did not give former President Donald Trump the right to due process during the impeachment proceedings against him in 2019 and 2021, and that he doesn't believe it is ok for anyone to be impeached without a hearing first being held.

According to Graham, former President Bill Clinton went through an impeachment process in the 1990s that allowed him to defend himself.

"But what’s being done in the House to go straight to the floor with articles of impeachment — we criticized the Democrats for not giving Trump any due process. I think this is dead on arrival," Graham said.

Republican Representative Lauren Boebert of Colorado brought forth a privileged motion this week in the House.  The motion would force a vote on impeaching Biden over his handling of federal immigration and the unstable situation at the United States-Mexico border.

Boebert's motion caught many of her own republican colleagues by surprise and did not receive support from top GOP members in both the House and the Senate.

House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was among GOP members who did not support Boebert's motion.

McCarthy said about Boebert’s motion that impeachment is "one of the most serious things you can do as a member of Congress" and an investigative process must occur before you can move forward.

"Throwing something on the floor actually harms the investigation that we’re doing right now," McCarthy said.

One Republican strategist called Boebert’s effort "frankly stupid."

Graham said impeaching any president without "some process in place" is "irresponsible."

"It’s important that we follow the process, and if you believe that President Biden has done something this impeachable, take it through the committee, give him a chance to respond, and we’ll see what happens," Graham said.