Lindsey Graham's absurd new Trump defense: His administration is too dysfunctional to break the law

Lindsey Graham's absurd new Trump defense: His administration is too dysfunctional to break the law
Lindsey Graham Screengrab

Sen. Lindsey Graham, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, has shifted his bootlicking skills into high gear. After demanding that Democrats release transcripts of the impeachment inquiry he told reporters, “I'm not going to read these transcripts. The whole process is a joke.” He says he will not even consider the evidence. Lindsey feels that “the whole process to be a sham” and therefore, he will not “legitimize it.” Forget about the fact that he’s spent the past three years legitimizing a man he  said would destroy the Republican Party. Forget about the fact that Graham is now espousing a standard of impeachment that is so tortured, 1999 Lindsey might convict 2019 Lindsey of treason.

But the Republican Party is trying as hard as they can to completely obliterate the legal foundations of checks and balances in our democracy, and so throwing out any and every crazy gaslighting idea to defend their powerful orange-haired cow is the order of the day. During Sen. Graham’s mini press report in the Senate hallways, possibly shaken by the sheer enormity of his liar’s task, he decided to try out a new tact: Donald Trump et al are so goddamn stupid, they can’t be involved in a quid pro quo conspiracy. Because they’re dumb dumbs.

SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM: What I can tell you about the trump policy towards the Ukraine. It was incoherent. It depends on who you talk to. They seem to be incapable of performing a quid pro quo.

And there you have it. We are back to telling half-truths while lying through smiling teeth: Sen. Lindsey Graham’s specialty.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card


Thanks for your support!

Did you enjoy AlterNet this year? Join us! We're offering AlterNet ad-free for 15% off - just $2 per week. From now until March 15th.