Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) admitted in a recent interview that he hasn’t been paying too much attention to the Republican House’s impeachment inquiry into President Joe Biden and suggested that so far, there has been no smoking gun, The Hill reported.
In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on December 17, Graham said if Republicans in the House had produced a “smoking gun,” the public would be talking about it. At the same time, Graham suggested that the White House and Hunter Biden’s “narrative” that the president “knew nothing” about his family’s influence-peddling operation was “falling apart.”
Graham admitted that he hadn’t been paying “much attention” to the nearly yearlong investigation into the Biden family’s foreign business deals, saying he was more focused on the conflict in the Middle East than the impeachment inquiry into the President.
The South Carolina senator said it remained to be seen if the House could prove that the president “somehow financially benefited” from his family’s foreign business dealings.
The House voted along party lines on December 13 to authorize a formal impeachment inquiry into President Biden 221 to 212, with every Republican member voting in favor of the inquiry, despite some GOP lawmakers voicing skepticism that the ongoing investigations into Hunter’s business dealings had produced evidence of misconduct on the part of the president.
Following the vote, the Republican House leadership said in a joint statement that the leadership would “not prejudge” the outcome of the inquiry but the evidence compiled thus far was “impossible to ignore.”
Lindsey Graham was not the only Republican senator to express doubt about the House’s push for an impeachment inquiry.
In an appearance on “Meet the Press” the Sunday before the House vote, Utah Senator Mitt Romney told host Kristen Welker that after investigating the Biden family’s foreign business dealings for nearly a year, the House Republicans had so far failed to show any direct evidence of high crimes or misdemeanors on the part of the president.