Following Donald Trump’s acquittal on Saturday, Sen. Lindsey Graham revealed he had a conservation with the former President.
The South Carolina Republican said President Trump was grateful to his impeachment defense lawyers, but hoped to move on and “rebuild the Republican Party.”
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Graham disclosed his plans to visit Mr. Trump in Florida next week.
“He’s excited for ’22,” Graham recalled of his candid conversation with Trump. The two plan to go on a golf outing at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. “The MAGA movement needs to continue,” Graham added.
Graham defended Trump when asked if he bore any responsibility for the Capitol protests on Jan. 6. “No, he bore no legal responsibility whatsoever. He is responsible for pushing rhetoric about the election that I think are false, but this speech is politically protected,” Graham said. The speech on January 6th was no an incitement of insurrection.
While Graham did signal his frustration with then-President Trump following the Jan. 6th protest, he seems to have come around, realizing the impossibility of Trump’s “incitement.”
“At the end of the day we need Trump,” Graham said.
Going where no politician has gone, Sen. Graham even questioned Nancy Pelosi’s beforehand knowledge of the Capitol protests, even suggesting foul play.
“We need to look at the preplanned element of these riots,” he said. “On Jan. 5th did Pelosi know of the Capitol attacks? We need a bipartisan commission to find out what took place and to ensure it never happens again, he added.
The Senate voted 57-43 in favor of conviction, but lacked the required 2/3 majority to make it happen. It was President Trump’s second phony impeachment trial, the first being only a year prior. The Democrats have yet been unsuccessful charging Mr. Trump with any wrongdoing since taking office.