As impeachment is being prepared to move out of the House (assuming it passes a floor vote) and to the other end of the U.S. Capitol for a trial, Senate Judiciary Committee chair Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) is making it clear that he wants it ended pronto.

Here is Graham’s reasoning:

“This is the first impeachment trial being driven by partisan politicians, conducted behind closed doors.”

“The testimony was selectively leaked.”

“The president was denied the capability to participate meaningfully in the House hearing.”

Graham went on to warn House Democrats that what they are doing is bad for the presidency as a whole:

“You’re impeaching the president of the United States in a matter of weeks, not months. You had a two-year investigation; that wasn’t enough. I think this whole thing is a crock. You’re shutting the president out. The process in the House, any partisan group could do this in the future. You’re weaponizing impeachment, and I want to end it. I don’t want to legitimize it. I hate what they’re doing.”

He also said he doesn’t need to hear from witnesses.

This is a theme Graham has repeated this weekend after his committee’s counterpart in the House passed the two impeachment articles on Friday morning.

As pointed out by Byron York, data indicates that Americans are not inspired by Democrats’ charges against the president.

Time to pull the plug.

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