Graham defends call to investigate Bidens: ‘My conscience is clear’

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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamGraham blocked Armenian genocide resolution upon request from White House Why a second Trump term and a Democratic Congress could be a nightmare scenario for the GOP Trump, GOP skeptical Pelosi will go through with impeachment MORE (R-S.C.) doubled down on his call to investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenGiuliani associate prepared to testify Nunes aides scrapped Ukraine trip to avoid alerting Schiff Democrats pledge sharp turn in US ties with Saudi Arabia House Intelligence has video, audio recordings from Giuliani associate at center of Ukraine probe: report MORE and his son Hunter Biden’s involvement in a Ukrainian energy company, saying the U.S. is not going to be a country where only “Donald Trump and his family gets” investigated.

“My conscience is clear. I love Joe Biden as a person, he is a really decent man, he’s had a lot of tragedy in his life, but I have a conscience very clear right now. And I have a duty, if the House is going to shut it down the Senate is going to pick it up,” Graham said Monday speaking to reporters in Charleston, S.C.

Graham is pushing for an investigation into Hunter Biden’s connection with the Ukrainian company Burisma Holdings. He is asking for the former vice president to release his calls with the former Ukrainian president as part of the investigation.

“I’m not saying Joe did anything wrong, but I want to see the transcripts, and if there’s nothing there I’ll be the first one to say there’s nothing there,” Graham said.

“I believe that Hunter Biden’s association on that board doesn’t pass the smell test. If a Republican was in the same boat they would be eaten alive by the media,” Graham added.

Graham said “we’re not going to live in a country where only one party gets investigated” and only “Donald Trump and his family gets looked at.”

Biden has fiercely defended his and his son’s actions in association with Ukraine. Other Democrats seeking the Democratic presidential nomination in the primary alongside Biden have come to the vice president’s defense over the issue.

Biden has maintained that his position was to “root out corruption in Ukraine” and that he was conducting transparent policy. A spokesperson for the Biden campaign wasn’t immediately available for comment in response to Graham’s Monday remarks.

But Graham claims that “nobody … has looked at whether or not Hunter Biden used his political influence to protect the company he was serving on.”

“We are not going to have a country that ignores that because everybody in the media hates Trump,” Graham said.

“I like Joe Biden. All I can say is that Joe didn’t pull any punches when he ran against McCain. That’s the way the system works. I like him fine, but we’re not going to have two systems,” Graham added.

He made similar comments Monday in an interview on Fox News Radio, saying his “friendship with these people” won’t keep him from “asking questions that somebody needs to ask.”

Graham also railed against the House impeachment probe into President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani associate prepared to testify Nunes aides scrapped Ukraine trip to avoid alerting Schiff Democrats pledge sharp turn in US ties with Saudi Arabia Schumer praises former Navy chief after ouster MORE. The senator told reporters in Charleston he supported former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he’ll release financial records before election, knocks Dems’ efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows ‘very strong case of bribery’ by Trump MORE‘s investigation into the president because he “trusted” Mueller — but echoed Trump in depicting the House inquiry as a partisan fight.

“I do not trust what’s going on in the House of Representatives. I do not trust Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffGiuliani associate prepared to testify Nunes aides scrapped Ukraine trip to avoid alerting Schiff House Intelligence has video, audio recordings from Giuliani associate at center of Ukraine probe: report Ocasio-Cortez fires back after Trump brands her a ‘Do Nothing Democrat’ MORE to be fair to the president,” Graham said, referring to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Witnesses appearing in front of the House in the last couple of weeks testified over allegations that Trump solicited foreign interference in the 2020 presidential election. Democrats allege Trump withheld foreign aid to Ukraine until the country launched an investigation into the Bidens.

The alleged quid pro quo is at the center of the impeachment inquiry. U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon SondlandGordon SondlandThe Memo: Impeachment overshadows 2020 race for Democrats Alec Baldwin, Will Ferrell return to ‘Saturday Night Live’ to mock Trump on impeachment Impeachment witnesses come under threats, harassment MORE testified last week there was a quid pro quo and that it was widely known throughout the administration.

Trump has denied any wrongdoing or quid pro quo.

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