Lindsey Graham metamorphosizes
Sunday, May 26, 2019
What is going on with Sen. Lindsey Graham?
Graham — a lawyer, former prosecutor, longtime senator, steadfast friend to the late John McCain, and the current chairperson of the Senate Judiciary Committee — has emerged from his former Republican cocoon, transformed into a Trump sycophant of the first order.
Where is the Lindsey Graham who in 1998 said of the necessity of impeachment: The day Richard Nixon failed to answer that subpoena is the day he was subject to impeachment, because he took the power of the impeachment process from Congress and he became the judge and jury? He added thereafter: “Impeachment is about cleansing the office; impeachment is about restoring honor and integrity to the office.”
However, the metamorphosed Lindsey Graham of 2019 has clearly gone over to the dark side of The Force, publicly advocating that Donald Trump Jr. ignore a subpoena issued by the Senate Intelligence Committee — a Senate controlled by Republicans and a committee chaired by a Republican colleague.
And then there is the president himself, stating: “We’re fighting all the subpoenas.” Where has that 1998 moral outrage of an errant president gone?
Fellow citizens, this is not a mere change of mind, of opinion. No, this is a metamorphosis into a being who demonstrates a total loss of moral bearing. It is a near perfect example that demonstrates that those drawn into Trump’s innermost orbit frequently come away dirty, unclean, debased and frequently convinced of crimes and sent to jail. Surely it is not necessary to call the roll of the fallen — just check Muller’s report. More will soon follow. Does the Trump stain not threaten the entire Congress?
Robert J. Hursey Jr.