Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham acknowledged on Sunday the Republican majority “does not have the votes” in the Senate to quickly dismiss the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.
“That’s dead for practical purposes,” the South Carolina Republican said on on “Fox News Sunday.” “There are a lot of senators, who I think will wind up acquitting the president, that believe that we need to hear the House’s case, the president’s case and ask questions.”
“So the idea of dismissing the case early on is not going to happen. We don’t have the votes for that,” he concluded.
With the impeachment trial set to begin in earnest Tuesday in the Senate, the seven House impeachment managers previewed their opening arguments Saturday with an 11-page trial brief featuring the evidence that has emerged since the lower chamber voted to impeach the president on Dec. 18.